Peoria (Manual) is a legacy at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. The Rams' long history of success could add another chapter as they rolled past Warren 51-45 in the first consolation semifinal in the Day 2 nightcap Wednesday.
Manual will get the winner of the Bloomington-Bloom contest that tipped off at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The Rams grabbed an early lead and built it to 24-10 midway through the second period with strong defense and opportunistic second chances. Although Warren tried to cut into the margin with six unanswered points, Manual still held a 24-16 edge at the intermission.
Head coach Willie Coleman said his Manual Rams had trouble with ball control, but the defense was a key factor, especially in the second half. Warren really didn't any closer than the final score.
“We have to do a better job of controlling the ball late in the game,” Coleman said.
The Rams did get the lead to 47-33 with a 6-0 run after the Blue Devils trimmed the margin to 41-33 midway through the last stanza.
“It's good,” Coleman said of winning two games in one day. “It's been a long day. I'm proud of the kids for what they did.”
Idius Robertson paced Manual with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Gerron Trapps tossed in 12 markers.
Cooper Stacey tallied a game-high 20 points for Warren. Gavin Cartwright added 12 points.
Warren 55, Plainfield North 53 OT
Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch proved to be the difference for Warren Township as the Blue Devils made three shots from the foul line in the final minute of overtime to survive with a 55-53 victory over Plainfield North in the opening game of the consolation bracket Wednesday morning.
“We talk about how important defense is,” Warren head coach Jon Jasnoch said. “Our guys were pretty disappointed when we didn’t close it out, so they were pretty determined for overtime. We’ve also played a lot of close games, so they were pretty confident they could close it out in a close game. They did, and it was exciting.”
Warren’s Nate Harris put his team in front at 52-51 with a four-point play at the 58 second mark in overtime after being fouled on a three. Gavin Cartwright added two more points from the charity stripe with 29 seconds remaining to extend the lead to 54-51 and added another point to make it 55-53 with 7 ticks left. A last second heave from downtown by Plainfield North was no good and the Blue Devils held on.
The Blue Devils erased a one-point deficit after the first period and took a 25-21 lead into halftime before the Tigers tied things up after three frames. Plainfield North’s Drew Czarnik tied the game at 48-48 with his trey in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.
Andrew Dolan led the Blue Devils with 18 points. Harris added 13 points, while Adam Panek finished with 10 points.
Plainfield North received 16 points from Mason Delaney. Demir Ashiru and Jeffrey Fleming added 13 points apiece.
Peoria Manual 68, Lockport 67
A last minute attempt to climb its way back into the game was too little too late for the Lockport Porters, as a strong third quarter by Peoria Manual proved to be too much in a 68-67 victory in a consolation bracket contest Wednesday morning.
The Porters were able to jump out to a 15-13 first quarter lead and led 33-28 at the half after forcing 12 first half turnovers. Lockport, who also had 12 of its 18 team turnovers in the first half, was able to take advantage of this with 15 points off of those miscues.
Peoria Manual responded by outscoring the Porters 24-11 in the third period to open up a 52-44 advantage. Following a bucket by Lockport’s Ethan Gallagher to open up the final frame, the Rams used a quick 8-2 spurt to take a 60-48 lead with 5:41 left. Threes by Julius Smith and Dominic Crapia and a Gallagher two pulled the Porters to within one with 8 seconds left, but the Rams held on to advance.
Kamron Causey led four Rams in double figures with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Gerron Trapps followed with 15 points, and Idius Robertson had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Justin Page chipped in 13 points for Manual, who shot 50 percent from the field. The Rams dominated in the paint, outscoring the Porters 30-14 in the contest.
Lockport received 18 points and 7 rebounds from Smith. Gallagher added 12 points for the Porters.
Bloomington 56, Danville 51
In yet another back and forth battle between two Big 12 Conference foes, the Bloomington Purple Raiders were able to make enough plays down the stretch in a 56-51 victory over Danville to advance to the third and final day of the PHT Wednesday afternoon.
“I just think our guys showed a lot of resiliency after a tough loss to a really good Curie team last night,” Bloomington head coach Spencer Johnson said. “We left a lot out on the floor last night, and I was kind of worried our guys would have a lot of hangover from that last game. But, they came out strong. I challenged them on the defensive end and they answered that call.”
A lay-in by Danville’s Martez Rhodes cut it to a one point game at 50-49 with 2:10 left, but buckets by Niko Newsome and Adam Beasley extended Bloomington’s lead back out to 54-49 with 1:00 remaining. Rhodes would add another two with 20.7 seconds left on a rebound putback but a Sean Ndorango backdoor cut and layup sealed the win for the Purple Raiders.
The Purple Raiders were able to get out to leads of 14-12 after one frame, and 29-25 at halftime. Scores by Danville’s JaVaughn Robinson and O’Shawn Jones-Winslow to close out the third period narrowed Bloomington’s advantage to 38-37 before the Purple Raiders were able to do just enough to pull out a hard-fought win.
Newsome led the charge for the Purple Raiders with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Adam Beasley added 10 points for Bloomington.
Danville received 16 points from Jones Winslow. Rhodes contributed 13 points, while Robinson finished with 12.
Erich Murphy contributed to this story
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