The Pontiac High School boys basketball team had four players score in double figures as the Indians topped Mahomet-Seymour 68-51 in the Corn Belt Conference opener for both teams at Pontiac on Friday night.
Senior guard Matt Lyons scored a game-high 19 points while pulling down six rebounds and handing out six assists as Pontiac (1-0 in Corn Belt, 4-0 overall) used a 17-7 second quarter run to break open a close game and take a 33-22 lead into intermission.
The Indians upped the margin to 52-36 after three quarters and Mahomet-Seymour (0-1, 4-2) could get no closer. Kevin Lyons scored 15 points, Kody Strong added 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Rayme Mackinson chimed in with 12 points for Pontiac.
"We got after them on the defensive end in the second quarter," said Pontiac coach Jake Krause. "We were able to get some stops and took advantage of their foul trouble to get some easy shots and put some space between us."
Jared Bosch scored 13 points to lead Mahomet-Seymour.
Prairie Central 65, Eureka 45
Brett Crane's 10 first-half points got the host Hawks (4-2) off on the right off and Phillip Short's 10 second-half points closed their game out against Eureka (2-2) at Fairbury.
Prairie Central jumped out to a 31-23 at halftime and continued to pull away after the break. Short led all scorers with 15 points and handed out four assists. Crane, Ben Herr and Jason Williams had 10 points apiece. Colin Knapp led Eureka with 11 points and Jordan Prosser tossed in 10.
"We started out strong," Prairie Central coach Alan Dunahee said. "We played a good team defense."
Roanoke 73, Woodland 32
Ben Hodel and Tyler Rasmuson combined for 26 points as Roanoke-Benson rolled to a Tri-County Conference win over Woodland at Roanoke.
The Rockets (1-0 in Tri-County Conference, 3-1 overall) jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead and extended the margin to 27-12 at intermission. Roanoke-Benson then went on a 27-9 third-quarter run to put the game out of reach. All 10 players on the Rockets roster scored.
Rasmuson had eight assists and four steals to go along with his 13 points. Max Huschen dished out 11 assists and recorded six steals while Hodel pulled down a game-high seven rebounds for Roanoke-Benson.
Brian Council scored nine points for Woodland (0-1, 0-6).
Seneca 68, Dwight 34
Dwight was held to six first-quarter points in a loss to state-ranked Seneca in their Interstate Eight Conference opener at Seneca.
The Trojans (1-3) were led by juniors Curt Perschnick and Adam Karstens with nine points each.
"We played an outstanding team and we were just out-manned," Dwight head coach Mark Porter said. "Our kids fought hard and did the best they could do."
Chatham 43, Lincoln 40
Brandon Farmer scored 16 points to lead Lincoln, but the Railsplitters dropped their Central State Eight Conference opener to Chatham Glenwood at Lincoln.
Jacob Carey added 10 points for Lincoln (3-3 overall).
Lincoln led 15-9 after a low-scoring first half. Glenwood (3-1, 1-0) then outscored Lincoln 22-6 in the third quarter to take a 31-21 lead into the final period.
The Titans were led by Klan Sarreshteh's 13 points. Cory Derosa and Aaron Roberts each added 11.
Hartem 78, Clinton 70
Senior Scott Ubbenga scored a game-high 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Hartsburg-Emden (5-0) to a nonconference victory over Clinton (3-2) at Hartsburg.
Dustin Bolen scored 12 points, followed by his brother Dakin, who added 11 points for the Stags.
After leading 22-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Stags had their lead cut to 37-33 at halftime.
"We shot well from the field, going 22 of 32 from the two's, and Scott Ubbenga carried us in the second half with 21 of his points," said Stags head coach Josh Nauman.
Kameron Bell had a big night with 28 points for Clinton. B.J Spray added 18 points for the Maroons.
Curtis Conrady had seven points, seven assists and seven steals for Hartsburg-Emden.
Illini Central 57, Buffalo Tri-City 25
Anthony River scored 12 points to lead Illini Central (3-2, 1-0) to a Sangamo Conference victory over Buffalo Tri-City at Buffalo.
John Tracy scored 11 points and Reid Mills added 10 for the Cougars.
Illini Central led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter but extended it to 24-12 by halftime. The Cougars' defense held Buffalo to just 13 second-half points.
Pleasant Plains 65, Mount Pulaski 56
Sophomore Paul Foley's 15 points was not enough to lift Mount Pulaski over Pleasant Plains in a Sangamon Valley Conference loss at Pleasant Plains.
The Hilltoppers produced just nine second-quarter points, which was enough for its opportunistic opponent to pull out the victory.
Mount Pulaski went 14-for-15 from the free-throw line, but struggled, making a combined eight baskets in the second and third quarters.