I-8 2005     Ovr.  Con.       Conference 0verall     Avg./Game
    Team         W L   W L  Pct.  PF    PA   PF    PA    PF    PA
1.  Seneca       6-0   2-0  1.00 139    63  337   151    56    25

2.  Lisle        4-2   2-0  1.00 114    70  351   293    59    49

3.  Reed-Custer  3-3   2-0  1.00 122   104  259   262    43    44

4.  Coal City    4-2   2-0  1.00 120    86  320   263    53    44

5.  Plano        2-6   0-2  .000  67   123  418   537    52    67

6.  Sandwich     2-6   0-2  .000 101   138  296   360    37    45

7.  Dwight       1-3   0-2  .000  76   117  166   220    42    55

8.  Wilmington   1-5   0-2  .000  79   127  277   331    21    55

 

INTERSTATE EIGHT

Reed-Custer 70, Sandwich    66

Coal City   49, Dwight      42
Lisle       56, Wilmington  35
Seneca      71, Plano       29

Class A No.2 Seneca (6-0): Griffan Callahan 18 pts; Robert Rexrode 15 pts, 10 rebs

 

BOYS BASKETBALL
Seneca runs away with another I-8 win

FRED HOFFMAN, sports@mywebtimes.com, (815) 433-2005

PLANO -- Seneca's Fighting Irish varsity basketball team demonstrated again last night why they are considered to be among the elite squads Class A. The Irish held a 37-19 lead at the half, then turned it up another notch and and raced off to a 71-29 I-8 Conference victory over the home-standing Reapers.

"They're the No. 1-rated team in the state for a reason," said Plano coach Nate Spriggs. "I thought in the first half, despite being down 18, we played pretty sound basketball. We made a few adjustments at halftime that didn't work, and they just keep comin' at you and comin' at you. They're very deep."

Seth Evans for Seneca and Will Brown of Plano exchanged hoops to begin the night, but that was the last time the two clubs were square for the rest of the evening. After Brown's bucket, Seneca ran off the next seven points, five of which were scored by Robert Rexroade, to go up 9-2. The quarter ended with the Irish on top 15-9.

Seneca opened the second period with the first eight points and closed the half with the final six to hold that 37-19 edge at the break.

Seneca's offense kept rolling in the third period, but the defense became even more formidable, holding Plano to just two points, a pair of free throws by Matt Priesman. The Irish (6-0, 2-0) put the final 13 points on the scoreboard and were up 56-21 after three frames.

The fourth quarter resembled the first half as Plano dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

"We had some people sick, so we had a different starting lineup again tonight," said Seneca coach Doug Evans. "That's nice being able to give different kids a start. (Seth) Hobbs was sick all week and Nathan Hogue and (Alex) Spicer were sick some, so Misener had a good week and got more minutes. This was the kind of team with all guards, so we kept a lot of guards on the floor.

"We were able to take advantage of our size and pound the ball inside, and that was probably the difference. Sometimes we go big and some times we go small. Getting these guys experience is going to help down the road. You never know when you'll get somebody sick or injured, so these guys will be ready to go.

"It's always good to win on the road."

Griffan Callahan led Seneca in scoring with 18 points and in rebounding with nine boards. Rexroade was good for 15 points and eight rebounds and Garrett Callahan scored 10 points with four assists and three steals. Evans led the Irish in assists with five.

For Plano, Alex Jensen took scoring honors with 10 points to go with a couple of assists. Jake Wilson and Eric Nelson tied for the team lead in rebounds, while Brian Green led in steals with three.

"I was proud of the way my guys played," said Spriggs. "I thought we played very hard and I thought we played defense correctly for the most part, especially in the first half. We just couldn't compensate for their height."

"We're still trying to find everyone's niche right now. We have three very winnable games coming up and we're going to practice and hard and hope to get a winning streak going into the Classic."

SENECA (71) -- Evans 2 0-0 4, Hetelle 1 0-0 2, Gr.Callahan 8 2-2 18, Ga.Callahan 4 2-2 10, Rexroade 7 1-2 15, Smith 2 3-4 7, Misener 1 0-0 3, Spicer 1 0-0 2, Schmanske 2 0-2 4, Hogue 2 0-0 4, Andreatta 1 0-0 2, Underhill 0 0-0 0, Pearson 0 0-0 0, Paulsen 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 8-12 71.

PLANO (29) -- Priesman 1 2-2 5, Green 1 0-1 3, Jensen 4 0-1 10, Wilson 2 0-1 4, Brown 1 0-0 2, Goldsmith 1 0-0 2, Bott 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 2-2 2, Diaz 0 1-4 1, Kebbeh 0 0-2 0, Loux 0 0-0 0, Campisi 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-13 29. Seneca (6-0, 2-0) 15 23 19 15 -- 71

Plano (2-5, 0-2)   9 10  2  8 -- 29

3-point baskets †SHS 1 (Misener), PHS 4 (Jensen 2, Priesman, Green). Rebounds †SHS 38 (Gr.Callahan 9, Rexroade 8), PHS 16 (Wilson 3, Nelson 3). Assists †SHS 24 (Evans 5), PHS 6 (Priesman 2, Jensen 2). Steals †SHS 8 (Ga.Callahan 3), PHS 9 (Green 3). Turnovers †SHS 12, PHS 17. Total fouls (fouled out) †SHS 19 (Ga.Callahan), PHS 11 (none). Free throw percentages †SHS 66.7, PHS 38.5.

Aurora Christian boys win second straight

FROM STAFF REPORTS- Beacon News


Aurora Christian unloaded its best offensive output and — combined with a busy defense and effective press — the Eagles enjoyed a 76-55 victory at Newark in a non-conference game Tuesday night.

A winner of two straight, Aurora Christian (2-3) received balance across the board, as Wesley Harper scored a game-high 17, followed by teammates T.J. McNelis (14 points), Charlie Liemann (10), Gary Hager (nine) and Marcus Barnes (eight).

"Very balanced scoring. We pressed and ran the ball really well tonight ... we just fouled too much," said Eagles coach Don Davidson, whose team was whistled 27 times but, remarkably, had no one foul out.

Ron Paplawksi and Mitch Dunlap led the Norsemen with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Eagles return to action Friday night at Illiana Christian, which is dubbed as a team to beat in the Private School League.

Reed-Custer 70, Sandwich 66 — The Comets outscored the Indians 38-20 in the second half to pull out the Interstate Eight Conference victory. Mike Meyer paced Sandwich with 17 points, but Lance Futrell had 14, Travis VanPelt 13 and Nate Roach 11. Steve Howard had 18 points for Reed-Custer and Rogan Nichols added 16.

Putnam County 72, Somonauk 46
— Wes Enoch and Matt Hochstatter each had 11 points for the Bobcats.

Seneca 71, Plano 29
— Trailing just 15-9 through one quarter, the Reapers were outscored 41-12 the next 16 minutes, as the Irish won the Interstate Eight Conference game going away. Alex Jensen was the only Plano player in double figures with 10 points.