HERSCHER — The Streator Bulldogs kept their hopes of winning the inaugural Illinois Central Eight Conference title — and doing so with their destiny in their own proverbial paws — alive and well Friday night with a 56-42, ICE road win at Herscher.
Streator (18-8 overall, 10-3 ICE) — thanks to Coal City's 64-60 win over Lisle on Friday — is now in a four-way tie atop the conference standings and set to host fellow co-leader Lisle next Friday at Pops Dale Gymnasium, with a win giving the Bulldogs at least a share of the conference championship. Coal City and Manteno are also 10-3 on the league loop.
Mason Benning drained five 3s on his way to 21 points for the Bulldogs at Herscher, with Jack Haynes chipping in 11 points. Centers Jimmy Tredway and Max Baker each scored six for Streator, which led 35-16 at halftime.
“We came out strong tonight from the opening tip and jumped to a 19-point lead at halftime,” said Bulldogs coach Beau Doty. “Mason was really sharp tonight and had a look in his eye before the game that he was going to play really well.
“This was a must-win for us, and we really played with the necessary urgency to get a tough road win against a good Herscher team.”
Prior to next Friday's home showdown, the Bulldogs are set to visit former conference foes Dixon on Saturday and Seneca on Wednesday.
La Salle-Peru 68, Sandwich 61 (3 OT)
At Sandwich, the Indians (9-16) were defeated in three overtimes by the Cavaliers in an Interstate Eight Conference contest.
Rex Avery had 21 points for Sandwich. Cade Miller had 14 points, which included four 3-pointers.
Somonauk 68, LaMoille-Ohio 46
At LaMoille, the Bobcats (16-10, 6-1) defeated the Lions in a Little Ten Conference game.
Somonauk led 21-6 after one quarter, 34-23 at the half and 52-35 through three periods.
Alex Krejci scored 21 points, which included four 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Bobcats. Brendan Roberts added 16 points and swiped five steals. Steven Lawson blocked five shots.
Flanagan-Cornell 62, Notre Dame de La Salette 48
At Georgetown, the Falcons defeated the Lions in a nonconference game.
Tyler Harms scored 18 points to lead Flanagan-Cornell. Tyler Pfaff added 14 points, which included four 3-pointers. JD Ruddy contributed 10 points.
Indian Creek 58, Newark 53
At Shabbona, the visiting Norsemen put in a valiant try at upsetting the undefeated Timberwolves (27-0), but fell just short due to an effort led by IC's Cooper Larsen (19 points, 16 rebounds).
Newark slips to 13-16.
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