Boys' Basketball

It's a trap: Pressure defense leads to Eagles' rout of Clinton

CLINTON — Following a win over Mattoon on Saturday, Duck Gibson said he and the Rantoul boys basketball team prefers when teams try to play a fast-paced style against it.

“(Playing a fast-paced game) is what we like to do,” Gibson said. “The half court game we’re not really that good at (right now). … If a team wants to run with us, we can run with the best.”


Brother bond: Williams pair has given Eagles basketball program major boost

RANTOUL — Ever since the two stepped onto the court together in middle school, Kevin and Kevonte Williams have shared an unbreakable bond.

The brothers, now seniors and multi-year starters in the Rantoul boys basketball program, first saw action on the same team as AAU teammates in sixth grade.


Game of the Week: Fisher Bunnies vs. Monticello Sages

Fisher Bunnies (4-2) vs. Monticello Sages (3-0)

Time: Tuesday, Dec. 13

Site: Fisher High School

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The Week Ahead: Boys basketball

Sports editor Zack Carpenter details the coming week for Rantoul, Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball

RANTOUL

Dec. 13 vs. Centennial Chargers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Home


Run it: Eagles start slow, but hot stretch keys 68-56 nonconference win

RANTOUL — For nearly the entire first half, the Rantoul boys basketball team was trudging through the mud Saturday night.

The Eagles were unable to get their feet under them, starting off slow against nonconference foe Mattoon. Then Rantoul turned on the jets, sped the game up and switched to the “killer mentality” coach Brett Frerichs has been looking for on the way to a 68-56 win.


Athlete of the Week: Erick Johnson

RANTOUL — On Nov. 26 against Rockford Lutheran as part of the Galesburg Tournament, Rantoul boys basketball coach Brett Frerichs was looking for a defensive spark and aggressive rebounder on the glass.

He has found exactly that needed piece in junior guard Erick Johnson.


Bunnies notch first HOIC win as four players tally double digits

FISHER — Cody Diskin gave his Fisher boys basketball team three goals prior to the season.

The Bunnies head coach listed a regional championship, 20-plus wins and getting to Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center by reaching the Heart of Illinois Conference tournament quarterfinals (preferably as a top-three seed with a bye) as the top marks to check off in 2016-17.


Trojans fall to Judah Christian despite furious comeback

ARMSTRONG — The Armstrong-Potomac Trojans might have been able to top Judah Christian on Saturday night.

But they simply ran out of time.

The Trojans dug themselves into a hole with a little less than 14 minutes remaining in a 59-48 loss to the Tribe.


St. Malachy takes home conference title

CHAMPAIGN —  The Rantoul St. Malachy seventh-grade boys basketball team won the Illini Conference Championship on Monday with a 32-31 victory over Next Generation at Holy Cross Middle School.


The Week Ahead: Boys basketball

Sports editor Zack Carpenter details the coming week for the Rantoul, Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball teams.

RANTOUL

Dec. 3 vs. Mattoon

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Home


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