Mount Vernon Defeats East St Louis To Set Up Final

Mount Vernon Sectional:

  • The Mount Vernon Rams secured a thrilling victory over the East St. Louis Flyers by a score of 70-64, advancing to the Sectional Finals. Marlon Price played a pivotal role in the Rams’ triumph.
  • This victory sets the stage for a highly anticipated matchup against the Centralia Orphans, their arch rival. Each team boasts one win against the other this season.
  • The Orphans enter the contest with a dominant record of 31-2, while the Rams hold a respectable 24-9 record.
  • The winner of this clash will progress to the Springfield Super Sectional, where they will face either the Mt. Zion Braves or the MacArthur Cardinals, following the Braves’ close victory over the Rochester Rockets (58-51).

St. Anthony Sectional:

  • A dramatic buzzer-beater by Jayden Bazile propelled the Christ Our Rock Stallions past the state-ranked Tuscola Warriors (49-46). This victory secures their place in the Sectional Finals.
  • The Stallions, fresh off their first-ever regional title win, aim to continue their remarkable season against the Arcola Warriors in the next game.

NCOE Sectional:

  • Defending 1A state champions, the Waterloo Gibault Eagles, defied their underdog status by defeating the 4th-ranked Goreville Blackcats (51-44).
  • Led by coaching legend Dennis Reuter with over 800 career wins, the Eagles now face the Mounds Meridian Hawks for a chance to advance to the Elite 8.

2A Sectional:

  • The Benton Rangers dominated the Wesclin Warriors (59-35), setting up a championship clash against the top-ranked Breese Central Bees.
  • In another 2A Sectional matchup, the Tuscola Trojans bested the Tolono Unity Rockets (48-39). They will face the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans in the next round.