The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 1, 2013

Vikings lose final two at Lincoln

The Commercial-News

---- — LINCOLN — The Danville boys basketball team were coming off a big win over Cahokia on Friday going into the final day of the Lincoln Holiday Tournament.

But the Vikings could not build on that win, losing to eventual champion Lincoln 44-33 and Morton 55-45.

“We were playing our third game in less than 24 hours, so we were exhausted,” Danville coach Ted Houpt said. “But a lot of our younger players were able to get a lot of experience and it can help us in the season.”

Against Morton, Denzel Smith had 19 points and Kylen Butler added 10. Butler was named to the All-Tournament Team for his efforts this week, including his 40-point performance against Cahokia.

“We just have to find some parts to complement him,” Houpt said. “Because he had a great tournament and he deserved to be All-Tournament.”

Even with the 1-4 mark after the tournament, Houpt said that this can only help out for the rest of the season.

“We were 1-4 again and we wanted to improve on that because we have not done so well the last few years in this tournament,” Houpt said. “But I think we found out what we were capable of with our win and I hope it can carry on when we get to conference play.”

The Vikings do not have to wait that long for conference action as they will travel to Decatur Eisenhower on Tuesday.

St. Thomas More 79, Schlarman 66

DANVILLE — The Hilltoppers lost their final game at the Topper Classic, ending the tournament with an 0-4 record.

Michael Simmons led Schlarman Academy with 17 points, while Gannon Hughes added 16 points and Chris Kuchefski had 15 while Gavin Stines added 10.

The Hilltoppers will next play on Friday when they will play Villa Grove-Heritage.

Trojans, Comets wrap up Classic with wins

PAXTON — While Armstrong-Potomac and Oakwood had struggles through the Interstate Classic, both teams were able to get wins on the final day.

The Trojans beat Grant Park 47-38 in the seventh place game, while the Comets defeated Beecher 53-37 in the fifth place game.

Parker Lee earned All-Tournament honors for the Comets, who will play Westville on Friday.

The Trojans will take on Milford on Thursday.

Attica 1-1 at Loogootee

LOOGOOTEE, Ind. — After a 66-41 loss to Rock Creek Community, the Red Ramblers rebounded in the secodn game of the Loogootee Thanksgiving Classic, beating Irvington Prepatory Academy 65-48.

Bryce Cooper had 23 points with six assists and two steals for Attica while Brady Sheridan had 13 points with six rebounds, Keetin Arnold and Kenny Little each had 10 and Luke Cooper added nine.

In the Ramblers’ first game, Bryce Cooper had 13 points and five assists while Arnold had 10 points and Little added eight.


Vikings start season

DANVILLE — Javonte Crider (120 pounds), Gabriel Cross (132) and Travon Wilson (152) were 3-0 for Danville as they took on Bradley-Bournbonnais, Niles West and Chicago Heights Bloom.

Aaron Weaver (138) and Profirio Perez (145) each won two matches for the Vikings, who lost all three matches, while Michael Mack (170) and Tacal Rodgers (220) each won one.