EAGLES FALL IN OT — Civic Memorial pushed host Highland to the limit Tuesday in Mississippi Valley Conference boys’ basketball.
Yet even though the Eagles extended the Bulldogs into an overtime, they suffered a 63-61 defeat. CM dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Valley. Highland is 3-3 and 1-0.
Jakob Lowrance did his best to spur the Eagles. The 6-foot-8 senior center scored 26 points and snared 14 rebounds. He made 11 of 16 shots. Teammate Brett Lane collected 10 points and seven assists.
However, 18 turnovers doomed the Eagles, who led 33-24 at half and 47-40 after three quarters. The Bulldogs rallied to knot things at 55-55 by the end of the fourth quarter. Then Highland outscored CM 8-6 in the overtime. Austin Elledge and Brode Portell netted 19 points apiece for the winners.
CM resumes Valley play 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jerseyville. The Panthers are 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
OILERS BOW TO STAUNTON – East Alton-Wood River absorbed a 59-50 defeat to Staunton in a nonconference game on Tuesday. The 2-4 Oilers are idle until 7:30 p.m. Friday when they take on Roxana at Larry Milzzao Gym.
Blake Marks hit for 21 points and Justin Englar netted 12 for EA-WR. Marks, a junior guard, is averaging 21.8 points per game.
Josh Franke scored 20 points and Blaine Ray collected 17 more for Staunton, now 3-4. The Bulldogs led 30-25 at half.
REDBIRDS FALL AT O’FALLON – The Redbirds started slowly and lost at O’Fallon, 46-32, in a Southwestern Conference game. Alton dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the SWC.
O’Fallon, which had three players score in double figures, is 3-4 and 1-1. The Panthers led 17-9 after the first quarter and 29-18 at half.
LaJarvia Brown scored 17 points for Alton, which made only 6 of 15 free throws. The Redbirds are back in action Thursday at Granite City.
“It was truly a disappointing night,” AHS coach Bobby Rickman said.
BIRDS KEEP ROLLING – Alex Rubin scored three goals to guide Alton by Belleville, 8-3 in MVCHA competition at the East Alton Ice Arena on Tuesday.
The Redbirds, now 7-1, are poised for a showdown against 8-0 Edwardsville at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at EIA. Alton’s lone loss thus far this season was to Triad, 6-4.
Rubin tallied back-to-back goals in the second period to stretch the Redbirds lead from 3-2 to 5-2. Alton outshot Belleville 30-16.
Kain Henson notched a pair of goals for the winners. Jake Cunningham, Austin Erthal and Brendan Lowe also scored.
PANTHERS TOP OILERS – Jersey’s boys and girls beat EA-WR in nonconference competition at Tri-County Lanes Tuesday.
The Panthers prevailed in the boys’ action by a score of 2,962 to 1,988. Jersey’s girls won by a score of 2,418 to 1,784.
Kevin Mangrum (636 series and 263 game) and Brandon Handler (600 series) led the Jersey boys. Seth Stanley (437), Anthony Lane (427) and Tyler Hayes (400) were best for the EA-WR boys.
Shelby Yarborough (523 series, including a 198 game) was the leading bowler for the EA-WR girls. Lauren Boschert (534 series and 242 game) sparked the Jersey girls.