MAROONS EDGE REDBIRDS — Belleville West spoiled Alton’s Senior Night by holding off the Redbirds, 65-63, Tuesday in a Southwestern Conference game at AHS.
The Birds dropped to 12-10 overall and 8-5 in the league. Alton closes its regular-season schedule Friday at O’Fallon and then plays host to Chatham Glenwood on Wednesday, March 2, in a Class 4A regional semifinal game at 7 p.m. The Maroons improved to 12-13 and 6-7 with the win.
Alton outscored West 13-9 in the fourth quarter, but the taller Maroons used a 24-point third quarter to overturn a 36-33 halftime deficit. They led 50-46 going into the final quarter.
Junior Maurice Edwards pumped in a team-best 23 points for the Redbirds. Senior Paul Harris added 11 points.
Tyler Dancy (26 points), E.J. Liddell (20 points) and Dalton Fox (13 points) accounted for the bulk of the Maroons’ scoring as West earned a SWC split with the Redbirds this season. Dancy is a 6-foot-7 junior, Liddell a 6-6 freshman and Fox, a 6-4 junior.
BULLDOGS TOP EAGLES — Mississippi Valley Conference champion Highland completed a perfect league slate by defeating visiting Civic Memorial, 52-45. The Bulldogs finished 10-0 in the Valley and improved to 16-12 overall by securing their fourth consecutive victory.
CM sank to 17-10 overall and 6-3 in the MVC. The Eagles entertain Waterloo on Friday in their regular-season finale and then play Mascoutah at 6 p.m. next Monday in the opening game of the Class 3A Triad Regional. Jersey faces host Triad at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the second regional affair.
JaQuan Adams, Brandon Hampton and Adam Hill all scored 10 points for CM, which found itself knotted with Highland, 24-24 at half. The Bulldogs then outscored the Eagles 17-12 in the third quarter to grab a 5-point lead.
Highland will join CM in next week’s Triad Regional, where state power Belleville Althoff is the No. 1 seed. If CM wins Monday, it will take on Althoff at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.
FLYERS SINK WARRIORS — East St. Louis overcame a 32-29 halftime deficit to defeat Granite City 74-62 in Southwestern Conference play at Memorial Gymnasium. The fourth quarter proved the difference as the Flyers outpointed the Warriors 27-17.
Kenny Berry of GCHS scored a game-high 31 points in the loss, including 13 in the fourth quarter. Tra' Allen netted 10 points to complement him.
Karon Randolph (28 points) and Kenny Roberson (15 points) led East Side, which improved to 11-13 overall. The Flyers, 7-6 in the SWC, close their conference schedule Friday when they play host to Collinsville.
Granite City dipped to 13-13 overall and 6-7 in the league. The Warriors, losing for the third time in their last four games, are at Belleville West at 7:30 p.m. Friday prior to opening Class 4A Alton Regional competition against Collinsville at 7 p.m. Monday at AHS.