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Matt Weber's 22 points powered the Pontiac High School basketball team to a 68-59 Corn Belt Conference victory over visiting Prairie Central Saturday night.

Pontiac (5-0, 2-0) also received 14 points and 12 rebounds from Chris Newsome and 11 points from Rayme Mackinson. Kody Strong grabbed six rebounds.

Prairie Central (4-3, 1-1) was led by Phillip Short's 15 points. Brett Crane and Tom Harrison tallied 11 apiece while Jason Williams added 10.

"I thought we played hard," said Pontiac coach Jake Krause. "We battled through early foul trouble. We had different guys step up at different times.

"Wilson got us off to good start with seven points in the first quarter. Weber had a real good second half. He had 14 points in the second half. Prairie Central played awfully hard and our guys responded."

Pontiac led at the quarter breaks, 18-14, 36-30 and 57-45.

Clinton 76, Blue Ridge 47

Kameron Bell's 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals sparked Clinton (4-2) to a home win over Blue Ridge (1-5).

B.J. Spray added 10 points for the Maroons, who built a 33-15 halftime advantage.

Brad Wells paced Blue Ridge with 24 points.

El Paso-Gridley 64, DePue 36

A 17-point first-half run sent El Paso-Gridley past visiting DePue.

The Titans (1-1) had 12 players score in the nonconference win. Michael Haas had a team-high 10 points.

"We controlled the tempo of the game," El Paso-Gridley coach Brian Quam said. "It was a good team effort."

EPG thrived at both ends of the floor shooting 52 percent while forcing the Little Giants into making 22 turnovers.

Tri-Valley 59, Ridgeview 56

Kyler Hardy had a game-high 16 points and Danny Gibson added 12 as Tri-Valley defeated Ridgeview at Downs.

Trevor Trhlik led Ridgeview with 13 points. Carl Hamlow added 12 and Josh Petersen 10.

Bryan Benjamin led the Vikings with nine rebounds and David Gripe pulled down seven.

The Vikings outrebounded the Mustangs, 29-16, and forced nine turnovers.

Tri-Valley made 10 of 17 from the line while Ridgeview was 11 for 16.

Heyworth 58, Peoria Heights 52

Brandon Bell led Heyworth to victory over Peoria Heights with a team-high 10 points and six rebounds.

Sean Wells and Nick Law each added nine points for the Hornets while Nate Riordan netted eight and pulled down six rebounds.

The Hornets, trailing by seven going into both the third and fourth quarters, rallied with 28 points in the final 15 minutes.

"We picked up our tempo in the fourth quarter, offensively and defensively," Heyworth coach Terry Lootens said. "Several players stepped it up big with big plays down the stretch."

CPCI 59, Sullivan 36

Jordan Hurliman scored 15 points to lead CPCI (5-1) to victory at Sullivan. Justin Steffen added 10 points for the Timberwolves, who led 28-13 at intermission.

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