How Springfield-area boys basketball teams fared in Thanksgiving tournaments

Lanphier's Austin Robinson (20) pulls in a rebound against Jacksonville's Deone Salther (24) in the second half at Lober-Nika Gymnasium in Springfield, Ill., Friday, March 5, 2021. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]
Lanphier's Austin Robinson (20) pulls in a rebound against Jacksonville's Deone Salther (24) in the second half at Lober-Nika Gymnasium in Springfield, Ill., Friday, March 5, 2021. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Several boys basketball teams in the State Journal-Register area took home the tournament title over Thanksgiving weekend. That includes overtime wins by Sangamo Conference teams New Berlin and Auburn.

Here's a look at the Thanksgiving tournaments involving Springfield-area teams:


Quincy raced out to a 19-point halftime lead and held Lanphier to 37.8 percent shooting to post a 58-39 victory in the title game of the Quincy Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday.

The Blue Devils (3-0) finished with four players in double figures, made 13 of 27 (48.1%) shots in the first half and led 36-17 at the break. Lanphier could not find the range from 3-point land, hitting just 3 of 18 from beyond the arc. No one finished in double figures for the Lions (2-1).

Shaunasy Hatchett and Cam Davis led Lanphier with eight points apiece. Bradley Longcor netted a game-high 12 points for Quincy and teammates Keshaun Thomas and Camden Brown each scored 11. Tyler Sprick was a perfect 4-for-4, including two 3-pointers, and had 10 in the win.  

Lanphier got to the title game when Austin Robinson and Hatchett both recorded a double-double and the Lions decisively beat Dixon 67-41 on Friday.

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Robinson made 8 of 13 field goals, went 7-for-8 from the foul line and scored 23 points to go with 10 rebounds. Hatchett was 7-for-10 from the floor and finished with 18 points and 10 boards.

JaiQuan Holman added 16 points as Lanphier took a 34-23 lead into intermission. The Lions (2-0) then outscored Dixon 21-6 in the third quarter and ended the game with a 34-22 rebound advantage.

Holman poured in 17 points and Robinson recorded another double-double in Lanphier’s 57-54 victory over St. Louis Miller Career Academy on Thursday.

Holman finished with three 3-pointers and played 25 minutes before fouling out. Robinson made 6 of 9 field goals, added 13 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Jessie Bates added 11 points and Hatchett contributed eight points, seven boards and four steals for Lanphier.

Charles Nelson was 9-for-21 from the floor and netted a game-high 23 points for St. Louis Miller.


Tyler Sasse went 4-for-5 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 14 points and Lincoln routed Mahomet-Seymour 51-30 in the third-place game of the Lincoln/Eaton round-robin tournament on Saturday.

Sasse finished 5-for-6 from the field. Payton Cook contributed 10 points and seven rebounds and Aidan Gowin added two 3s and nine points for Lincoln, which finished 9-for-16 from beyond the arc.

In Saturday’s championship game, Belleville West made a field goal with 8 seconds left in regulation and rallied from an eight-point deficit to defeat Mount Zion 63-62. Daylen Byrd scored 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting for Belleville West.

In the fifth-place game, Belleville Althoff defeated Danville 55-50 and Champaign Centennial defeated Cahokia 63-54 for seventh place.

On Friday, Jake Bivin registered a double-double and Lincoln put three players in double figures in a 56-40 win over Belleville Althoff.

Bivin finished with 12 points and eight of his 11 rebounds were on the offensive end. Sasse went 3-for-3 from 3-point range and scored 12 points with eight boards. Camden Nelson also made three 3s and added 10 points for Lincoln.

Also on Friday, Belleville West posted a 53-45 victory over Champaign Centennial.

On Wednesday, Cook (5-for-12) made five of Lincoln’s nine field goals as Lincoln shot just 22.2% (9 of 40) and fell to Mount Zion 36-27. Cook went 6-for-7 from the foul line, scored 16 points and had five rebounds. Lyncoln Koester buried four 3-pointers and led Mount Zion with 16 points.

In Wednesday’s other game, Belleville West recorded a 62-41 blowout win over Danville.


New Berlin captured the Gene Bergschneider tournament title with a 30-29 overtime win over Jacksonville Routt on Saturday.

Gannon Dodd hit the go-ahead free throw with seven seconds remaining. He also hit a 3 at the buzzer to enter the fourth period deadlocked at 22-all.

Dodd and Kevin Howell were named to the all-tournament team, along with Routt’s Will Merwin and Michael Wilson.

Merwin popped in five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points to lead Routt past Concord Triopia 58-53 on Friday.

Merwin had three of his 3s in the first period and he finished with 13 points in each half. Michael Wilson scored 12 points and Nolan Killion supplied 11 for Routt (3-0).

In other games, New Berlin defeated North Mac 40-20, and South County beat Lutheran 62-35. Trevor Colwell made 12 of 14 free throws and led South County with 19 points, while teammate Noah Lyons scored 16.

Raymond Lincolnwood rallied for a 44-41 win over Macon Meridian. Braden Whalen had 11 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Lancers.   

On Wednesday, freshman Bryson Mossman connected on seven field goals, including a 3-pointer, and scored a game-high 19 points as Routt drilled Lutheran 71-28.

Mossman also went 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Killion and Merwin combined for three 3s and provided Routt (2-0) with 10 points apiece.

South County went 6-for-6 from the line in the fourth period and 14-for-18 overall in a 52-47 win over Concord Triopia.

The Vipers led 37-36 after three quarters. Colwell drained three 3s, made 4 of 4 free throws and dropped in a game-high 17 points for South County. Lyons added 14 and Thad Bergschneider tallied 12 in the victory.


Mason Marshall combined for 36 points in two games and Chatham Glenwood finished the Crimson Classic round-robin with a 3-0 record at The Bowl.

Marshall hit two 3-pointers and had 12 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as Glenwood defeated Chicago Brooks, 69-38. Josh Jones chipped in 13 points and Logan Tomlinson scored 12 for the Titans.

Marshall netted a team-high 16 points and Glenwood held off Jacksonville 49-43 in its first game. Marshall knocked in a pair of 3-pointers and had 10 points at the half. Glenwood went into the fourth quarter with a 36-32 lead and made 8 of 13 free throws to seal the win.

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Tomlinson made a 3, hit 6 of 8 foul shots in the fourth and scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth. Amaree Burries kept Jacksonville in it with 17 points. Teammate Isaiah Martinez had two 3s and added 11 in the loss.

Jacksonville edged Peoria Notre Dame 31-29 on Saturday. Zaidyn Jeffries led the Crimsons with 13 points in the win, dialing up three 3s.

Peoria Notre Dame clipped Chicago Brooks 48-46 in overtime in an earlier game on Saturday.  

On Friday, Marshall was the only Chatham Glenwood player in double figures with a game-high 14 points and the Titans defeated Peoria Notre Dame 38-33.

Marshall finished with two 3-pointers and had 10 second-half points. Cameron Appenzeller also had two 3s and chipped in eight for Glenwood.

Also, Chicago Brooks beat Jacksonville 73-52. Amaree Burries had two 3s, went 6-for-7 from the line and supplied Jacksonville with 24 points. Deone Salther scored 11 for the Crimsons.


Jackson Kern and Nathan Barth had 14 points apiece and Auburn claimed the Bill Rucks tournament title with a 57-56 overtime victory over Clinton on Saturday.

Barth delivered five points in overtime with one 3, while Talin Kern also hit a 3 after regulation and chipped in seven points.

Sawyer Smith added 10 points for the Trojans.

Dawson Graves and Brooks Cluver each contributed 19 points for Clinton.

Warrensburg-Latham captured third place with a 59-43 win over Buffalo Tri-City while Delavan nicked Mason City Illini Central 53-51 in overtime for fifth place and Mount Pulaski dispatched Edinburg 52-45 for seventh.

On Friday, Jackson Kern poured in a game-high 30 points to lift Auburn past Mount Pulaski 62-36.

Kern had it going early, scoring 24 points before halftime. He made 13 field goals, including one 3-pointer. Auburn’s Talin Kern made three 3s and added 10 points.

In other tournament games, Tri-City defeated Delavan 58-55 and Clinton downed Warrensburg 50-48.

On Wednesday, Talin Kern led Auburn with 17 points and two others joined him in double figures as the Trojans defeated Delavan 54-44.

Talin Kern connected on two treys and Carter Hunley went 8-for-10 from the free throw line and both contributed 10 points in Auburn’s win. Barth added nine points.

Also on Wednesday, Illini Central edged Edinburg 44-42, and Tri-City rolled Mount Pulaski 66-43.


Victor McGill and Keenan Powell each registered 19 points and Litchfield captured the Thanksgiving tournament crown with a 60-45 win over host Riverton on Saturday.

McGill went 6 of 8 from the free throw line while Powell went 4-for-4.

The Purple Panthers jumped to a 19-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. AJ Odle chipped in eight points.

Isaac Crumrine and Antonyo Davis had 12 points apiece for the Hawks.

McGill rung up a game-high 27 points and Litchfield got by Calvary 78-76 on Friday.

McGill scored 15 of his 19 first-half points in the second quarter and he finished with two 3-pointers. Keenan Powell had 13 in the first quarter and made four 3s in the first half to conclude with 18 points, and Odle added 12 for Litchfield.

Calvary’s Ben Crowder notched a team-high 23 points, Luke Blackford scored 14 of his 16 in the second quarter and James Toller (14) and Connor Brown (10) also got into double figures for the Saints.


Isaac Brockschmidt made four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 23 points, but Beardstown faded in the second half and Mount Sterling Brown County edged the Tigers 53-52 at the Turkey Classic on Friday.

Beardstown led 36-19 at the half and was outscored 34-16 over the final two periods. Cole Behymer put in 16 of his 21 points after halftime for the Hornets.

The Tigers settled with fifth place following a 46-43 win over Mendon Unity on Saturday. Owen Quigley paced Beardstown with 16 points.

On Wednesday, Danny Stephens drained 11 of 13 free throws and scored a game-high 32 points as Augusta Southeastern cruised past Beardstown 65-41.

Quigley hit three 3s and led Beardstown with 15 points.

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Elijah Aumann and Reece Lohman had 16 points apiece and Nokomis topped Flora 47-41 on the first day of the Kaskaskian Classic on Saturday.

NHS sealed the win by ending on a six-point run in the final three minutes and shot 11 of 17 from the free throw line.

Ryan Eisenbarth and Ian Keller followed with eight and seven points, respectively.

In other action, Greenville defeated Woodlawn 40-32, Pinckneyville walloped Okawville 65-36 and Hillsboro rolled Carlyle 55-41.


Springfield High reached the championship game of the Stove Top Stuffing Classic but dropped to Troy Triad 49-46 at Willard Duey Gym on Saturday.

SHS trailed 25-24 at halftime.

Drew Winslow led the Knights with 16 points while Carlos Day scored a team-high 13 for the Senators.

Day earlier led SHS to a 50-41 win over Granite City with 18 points while teammate Artez Hanson added 14 on Friday.

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