NORMAL — Danville senior Denzel Smith won the 1-on-1 battle with Normal Community's Tyler Seibring.
As a matter of fact, the Vikings five starters outscored the Ironmen counterparts 49-40.
But when Friday's Big 12 Conference boys basketball game concluded, it was Normal Community, behind a 24-0 advantage in bench scoring, beating Danville 64-49.
"Denzel did a lot of things well,'' said Danville coach Ted Houpt. "We need to give him some more offensive support if we are going to beat the good teams like Normal Community.''
Smith, who finished with a game-high 22 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds, either scored or had an assist on Danville's first 25 points in the contest.
And while his individual efforts were outstanding, the Vikings (2-5 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12) were trailing the Ironmen by 10 points (35-25).
"We need to do a better job of helping him out on offense,'' said Danville senior Jarhed Watson, who scored two points in the first quarter and seven in the fourth quarter. "We definitely need to help him offensively.''
In the second half, Smith managed just five points in the third quarter but Danville cut a 12-point Normal Community lead down to three (44-41) with 6 minutes, 27 seconds left in the contest. The Vikings went on a 11-2 run in the third and fourth quarters as Kylen Butler had four points, Colin Bailey hit one of his three second-half 3-points and Smith got his final basket of the game.
"We got better offensive support in the second half, but we need to come out from the beginning of the game and have someone filling the supporting role,'' Houpt said.
But that was as close as the Vikings would get to the Ironmen.
Normal Community ended the game with 20-8 run as junior Alex Peacock scored nine of his 18 points off the bench for the Ironmen. Seibring, who had a game-high 19, added five points during that finishing run.