Boys' Basketball

A-P teams stumble

DANVILLE -— Both the Armstrong-Potomac boys and girls basketball teams dropped their first round games at the Vermilion County tournament on Saturday. The Lady Trojans lost a 42-41 heartbreaker to Westville, despite getting 13 points from Hope Hambleton and 11 from Kayle Roe. The No.

Bunnies fall flat in second half

EL PASO — For 16 minutes Saturday afternoon, the Fisher boys basketball team was playing well.

The No. 9 seed Bunnies, matched up with No. 8 Fieldcrest in the first round of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament, found themselves in a 20-20 stalemate.

Bouncing back: Eagles net two straight wins, toppling PBL, Mattoon

PAXTON — The boys varsity basketball teams at Rantoul and Paxton-Buckley-Loda have played in some memorable games in recent years.

In 2016, the two teams were ranked in The News-Gazette area's top five as No. 4-ranked Rantoul defeated No. 1-ranked PBL by a score of 73-70.

Bunnies regaining confidence

FISHER — Even before Fisher coach Cody Diskin's team dispatched Deer Creek-Mackinaw 70-67 on Tuesday in a thrilling Heart of Illinois Conference overtime affair, he felt his Bunnies were making strides in the correct direction.

Armstrong-Potomac downed 67-35 by Hoopeston

ARMSTRONG — The three pointers were present early and often in the boys basketball game between the Hoopston Area Cornjerkers and Armstrong-Potomac Trojans.

Grand achievement: Jones-Watkins nets 1,000th career point

FISHER — Jaden Jones-Watkins had not been held scoreless for a half all season.

Whether it was the first 16 minutes or the final 16, he always managed at least one bucket — typically way more than just one — but on Dec. 28 against North Vermillion (Ind.), he put up a goose egg across the first two periods.

Ice cold: Bunnies’ shooting woes lead to 74-36 drubbing at hands of No. 1 Ridgeview

FISHER — A quick scan across Fisher’s gym Friday night brought an odd sight for an indoor basketball game.

Predictions for Fisher, A-P tournaments

Sports Editor Zack Carpenter predicts winners and scores for the winner’s bracket games of the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference tournament and the Vermilion County tournament, in addition to predicting outcomes for the Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac ba

Bunnies, Trojans prepped for tournaments

Bunnies, Trojans prepped for tourneys


Rantoul Press sports editor

Boys and girls basketball tournament brackets are set for both the McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference and the Vermilion County tournaments.

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