OILERS SNAP SLUMP — Zaide Wilson made sure the East Alton-Wood River Oilers experienced that winning sensation Tuesday.
His layup with 10 seconds remaining enabled the Oilers to defeat Mount Olive, 52-51, in a Prairie State Conference game at Memorial Gymnasium. The Oilers, who improved to 6-19, ended a seven-game losing streak and a skid that included 13 defeats in their last 14 games.
Wilson, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard, scored four points, but his clutch basket in the closing seconds proved to be the game-winning shot.
Teammate Blake Marks, the Oilers’ top gun, led the way with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Joel Biesk pitched in 8 points and Hunter Hall had 7 points. Marks is a senior, Biesk a junior and Hall a sophomore.
The Oilers secured their first conference win in three tries. EA-WR, which led 32-28 at half and 43-37 after three quarters, resumes PSC play on Friday at Bunker Hill.
EXPLORERS EDGE BULLDOGS — Shandon Boone and Ben Sebacher combined for 26 points and 11 rebounds as Marquette Catholic scored a 49-47 nonconference victory at Highland.
Marquette, which lifted its record to 17-7, welcomes rival Roxana on Friday in another nonconference game. Highland, leading the Mississippi Valley Conference with a 6-0 mark, dropped to 12-12.
Sebacher, a 6-5 senior center, contributed 14 points and 7 rebounds to the Explorers’ cause. Boone, a 5-8 senior guard, collected 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Highland’s Austin Elledge led all scorers with 22 points.
Marquette led by as many as 13 points, but had to fend off Highland in a stretch run when the Bulldogs outscored the Explorers, 13-4. Highland missed a last-second 3-pointer that would have won the game.
Marquette gained its second win in a row and third in its last four games. The Explorers entertain 18-8 Roxana on Friday in a rivalry game.
EAGLES BEST INDIANS — JaQuan Adams and Justin Williams led the way as host Civic Memorial downed Mascoutah, 53-40, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game.
Adams scored a game-best 20 points, thanks mostly to 9-for-13 shooting from the field. And Williams was perfect in scoring 14 points. He made all 5 of his field-goal attempts and was 4-for-4 from the foul line. Overall, CM made 20 of 40 shots from the field.
The Eagles, ending a three-game losing streak, improved to 16-7 overall and 5-2 in the Valley. CM led 12-5 by the end of the first quarter and 28-15 at half.
They still have MVC dates remaining against Triad (Feb. 19), Highland (Feb. 22) and Waterloo (Feb. 26). The games with Triad and Highland are road ones.
Ethan Mayberry’s 13 points paced Mascoutah, which slipped to 5-20 overall and 2-5 in the MVC.
EXPLORERS OUSTED IN REGIONAL — Top-seeded Breese Mater Dei defeated Marquette Catholic, 51-38, in a semifinal game of the Class 2A Dupo Regional.
The top-seeded Knights, who improved to 16-11, advanced to Thursday’s regional championship game against Nashville, which eliminated host Dupo, 57-35, in Tuesday’s second game.
Caitlyn Hanlon led Marquette with 12 points and Andria Pace chipped in with 7. Both were playing in their final games as seniors.
Marquette trailed 14-3 after the first quarter, but closed to within 33-24 going into the fourth quarter. Mater Dei was then able to stave off the charge for the win.
The Explorers closed their season with an 11-13 record.
WEST DOWNS REDBIRDS — Host Belleville West used a strong second half to beat Alton, 58-36, in a Southwestern Conference game.
The Redbirds, getting 18 points from LaJarvia Brown, trailed only 30-21 at half. Then the Maroons outscored them 17-6 in the third quarter to turn the game into a lopsided one.
Sydney Thurwalker’s 14 points spurred West, which shot to 16-11 overall and 7-5 in the SWC. The Maroons swept the Redbirds in league play.
Alton, which dropped to 3-20 and 0-13, concludes its conference and regular-season competition at home Thursday against SWC champion Edwardsville. The Birds have lost 6 in succession and 11 of their last 12 games.
“We play in one of the toughest conferences in the state — in my opinion — everyone in our league is a good team,” AHS coach Bob Rickman said. “The reality is our record is an honest reflection of where we are as a program.”
He added: “We are playing catch up with most every program in the conference in regards to numbers in the program. We have girls that want to change things, but we are going into battle with teams that are just better prepared.”
WARRIORS FALL TO FLYERETTES — Host East St. Louis rolled past Granite City, 68-37, in a SWC contest.
The Warriors sank to 7-18 overall and 2-11 in the conference, with both wins coming over Alton. Granite City wraps up its league slate Thursday at home with Belleville East.