OILERS SHADE STAUNTON — Blake Marks continued his consistent scoring as the East Alton-Wood River boys’ basketball team won a nonconference thriller Tuesday in Staunton.
Marks hit for 26 points as the Oilers registered a 49-48 victory and improved to 3-4. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-7.
Marks, who is within 30 points of 1,000 career points, also contributed 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The 6-foot-1 senior is averaging a team-best 23.5 points per game.
Teammate Justin Englar pitched in 11 points, 6 assists and 3 steals.
The Oilers play host to rival Roxana on Friday and then welcome Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 16, in a pair of nonconference games. Marks can become the 14th Oiler to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Mike Stimac did it last year.
Dan Coddington is EA-WR’s career scoring leader with 1,582 points, or 232 more than runner-up Travis Williams (1,350). Dennis Olston (1,349) is third.
WARRIORS TOP WEST — Granite City won its fourth in a row and improved to 5-1 by defeating visiting Belleville West, 48-42, in a Southwestern Conference game.
The Warriors, 2-0 in the SWC, welcome Alton, 4-1 and 2-0, on Friday in a pivotal early-season league test.
Granite City outscored West 14-9 in the third quarter to break a 25-25 tie and send the Maroons to 1-3 overall. It was their conference opener.
Kenny Berry scored 18 points and Torrey Deal netted 13 points for Granite City, champion of the season-opening Stove Top Stuffing Thanksgiving Tournament. Berry hit 6 of 8 shots, including both of his 3-pointers. Deal made 4 of 5 shots, all 3-pointers. Teammate Ron Allen contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Ed Liddell tallied 17 points and Tyler Dancy had 13 more for the Maroons.
PANTHERS POUND REDBIRDS — Host O’Fallon started quickly and never let up in drubbing Alton, 66-23, in a SWC game. The 1-5 Redbirds sank to 0-3 in the league. The Panthers lifted their record to 3-3 and 1-1.
Alton will try to snap its four-game losing streak Thursday when the Redbirds play at Granite City in another SWC game. They entertain state power Quincy Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Senior LaJarvia Brown scored six points for AHS against O’Fallon, but the Panthers’ defense proved stout. They held her below her average of 15.3 ppg and the Birds to their lowest output of the season. Alton scored 28 points in its season opener, a 12-point loss to Breese Mater Dei.
WEST WALLOPS WARRIORS — Host Belleville West had everything going its way as the Maroons hammered Granite City, 61-27, in a SWC contest. The Warriors dipped to 1-3 overall in losing their conference opener. The Maroons improved to 4-2 overall in winning their league debut.
Granite City entertains Alton on Thursday night.
REDBIRDS ICE EAGLES — Alton outlasted Bethalto, 5-3, in a wild one at the East Alton Ice Arena.
The Redbirds trailed 3-2 after the first period, then erupted for three goals in the second period. Alton’s defense, led by goalie Caleb Currie, blanked Bethalto over the last two periods.
The win enabled the Redbirds to improve their record to 5-4. The Eagles sank to 4-6.
Jake Bohn, Zack Hunter and Bryce Simon of Alton all collected one goal and an assists against Bethalto. Brandon Lang and Joseph Boevingloh also got goals.
Konnar Loewen scored twice and Joseph Watson added a goal for the Eagles, who saw their record drop to 4-6. Goalie Alec Hilliard made 39 saves to keep Bethalto within striking distance of the Redbirds.
Alton meets Freeburg/Waterloo on Thursday, while Bethalto is idle until Monday when the Eagles face Triad.
OILERS BOW TO BELLEVILLE — EA-WR lost to Belleville, 5-2, in MVCHA play at the East Alton Ice Arena.
Four goals in the first period put Belleville on its way to a victory. Kaleb Harrop scored both of the Oilers’ goals. Cole Ford and Tyler McHatton notched the assists. Goalie Tyler Hamby made 23 saves.
The 2-7 Oilers are idle until Dec. 15, when they tangle with Edwardsville at the Ice Arena.
TIGERS ROUT WARRIORS — Edwardsville pushed its record to 8-0 by powering past Granite City, 13-1, in MVCHA competition. The game was called in the second period because of the mercy rule.
Edwardsville scored nine goals in the second period to make a rout of it. The Warriors, who dipped to 1-7, got their lone goal in the second period.
BULLDOGS DOWN EAGLES — Highland defeated Civic Memorial in Mississippi Valley Conference boys' and girls' bowling at Airport Lanes.
The Bulldogs defeated the Eagles 2,972 to 2,680 in boys’ competition and 2,474 to 2,162 in girls’ action.
Zach Hagen put together a 625 series for the CM boys. Brandon Munie’s 635 series led Highland.
In the girls’ competition, Joanna Krankle shot a 518 series to pace CM. Makayla Smith shot a 575, best for Highland.