Boys basketball: Taylorville Holiday Tournament roundup

Friday
TAYLORVILLE 61, GALESBURG 57
Led by all-tournament selection Kyle Wilhour, the host Tornadoes won the final game of the tournament to claim the tournament title. Wilhour, a junior guard, had a team-high 24 points as Taylorville (9-3) rallied for the win. Galesburg (9-7) led 28-21 at halftime and 41-36 to start the fourth quarter. Sophomore forward Grant Gibson nearly had enough offense to give the title to the Silver Streaks as he finished with a game-high 39 points.

MATTOON 75, CHARLESTON 68
Senior guard Grant Speer’s 24 points paced the Green Wave (4-9) to a win in the fifth game on Friday and helped Mattoon win second place. Senior forward Ethan Miller had 24 points to lead the Trojans (10-4).

CHARLESTON 76, TAYLORVILLE 73
Charleston senior guard Zach Steidl set a single-game tournament scoring record with 40 points on the strength of 8-of-12 shooting from 3-point range to hand Taylorville its first loss of the tournament in a thriller. Wilhour led the Tornadoes with 29 points.

MATTOON 50, ROCHESTER 33
Speer’s 15 points sparked Mattoon to a win in the first game on Friday while sophomore guard Howard Fisher led Rochester with eight points.

THURSDAY
TAYLORVILLE 53, ROCHESTER 39

Wilhour (13 points), sophomore guard Cole Sheedy (13 points) and junior guard Jack Fulk (12 points) all finished in double figures for the Tornadoes in the final game on Thursday. Fisher had a game-high 16 points for the Rockets.

MATTOON 56, RANTOUL 54
RTHS suffered its second straight buzzer-beating loss. Mattoon’s Ryan Hutchinson scored a layup after he received a halfcourt pass from Jared Pilson to nip the Eagles. Pilson led all scorers with 22 points while junior guard Josh Oliveras had a team-high 10 points for the Eagles.

GALESBURG 60, CHARLESTON 57
Galesburg senior guard Travon Diggins poured in 22 points as the Silver Streaks held off Charleston, which received 15 points from Steidl in a losing effort.

TAYLORVILLE 65, MATTOON 51
Willhour had a team-high 19 points to lead Taylorville to the win in the third game on Thursday while Fulk added 16 points. Travis Kittell led Mattoon with 20 points.

CHARLESTON 62, RANTOUL 60
RTHS junior guard Johnny Jones scored a game-high 23 points, but was called for an offensive foul in the final 10 seconds that negated a potential go-ahead basket. Miller won the game for the Trojans when he hit a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer. He finished with 19 points while junior guard Talon Hardin (14 points) and senior forward Weylin Williams (10 points) pitched in for RTHS.

GALESBURG 63, ROCHESTER 36
Gibson (20 points) helped the Silver Streaks take control in Thursday’s first game after only leading by two at the end of the first quarter. Freshman guard Ethan Meeker added 14 points while Rochester sophomore center Matt Swaine led the Rockets with 11 points.

WEDNESDAY
TAYLORVILLE 76, RANTOUL 35

The Eagles fell behind by double digits in the first quarter and could never recover to cap off the tournament’s first ngiht of action. Wilhour had a game-high 21 points while junior forward Grant Livingston (13 points), Sheedy (11 points) and junior guard Jeff McChristy (10 points) all finished in double figures. Hardin was the lone RTHS player to score in double figures as he finished with 10 points.

CHARLESTON 67, ROCHESTER 48
Miller’s 21 points spurred Charleston to a win in the second game on Wednesday night. Steidl and senior guard Jordan Hellman chipped in 12 points while senior guard Gabe Ferguson paced Rochester with 11 points.

GALESBURG 51, MATTOON 47
Galesburg, last year’s tournament champion, opened this year’s event with a narrow four-point win. Gibson had a game-high 21 points. Three Mattoon players — Speer, Ryan Sparks and Austin Wetzel — all had 11 points.
— Compiled by Matt Daniels

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