ROXANA CHARGES BACK VS. GILLESPIE ON THE ROAD — The Roxana Shells utilized a late surge to defeat South Central Conference rival Gillespie, 56-49, on the road Tuesday.
Roxana improved to 16-8 overall on the season and 4-2 in the SCC with the triumph. Gillespie, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, sank to 14-9 and 3-4.
The Shells erased a 7-point deficit in the fourth quarter and used a 21-4 scoring spree to put away the Miners. They had led 13-12 after one quarter, but trailed 24-23 at halftime and 34-32 after three quarters in the seesaw battle.
Trace Gentry paced the offense with 22 points, while Zach Golenor added 19 in the win.
Nick Price guided Gillespie with 19 points, while Blake Hayes netted 14 points in the loss.
Next up for Roxana is a trip to Lebanon at 7:45 p.m. Saturday for a nonconference affair.
GRANITE CITY WALLOPS WATERLOO — The Granite City Warriors had little trouble in walloping the Waterloo Bulldogs on Tuesday at home, winning 81-37.
The surging Warriors improved to 11-10 overall and have won three straight after trudging through a five-game losing skid.
They led 25-10 after one quarter and 45-23 at halftime on the way to the lopsided victory.
GCHS had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Ron Allen's 17 points. Tra' Allen and Kenny Berry each chipped in with 13 points, while Jake Roustio netted 12 and Malique Mason scored 11.
Granite City is now back in Southwestern Conference action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Collinsville.
EA-WR HANGS WITH SOUTHWESTERN IN LOSS — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers welcomed the Southwestern Piasa Birds to Memorial Gym on Tuesday, but didn't quite have enough to pull out the win, falling 41-36.
EA-WR slipped to 5-19 with the loss, while the Piasa Birds are now 12-12. It was the seventh consecutive loss for the Oilers.
EA-WR trailed 9-7 after one quarter and 20-11 at the break, but whittled it to 27-26 after three quarters and were within striking distance. Southwestern held on though, outscoring the Oilers 14-10 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Blake Marks was the driving force for EA-WR with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Luke Wells punched in 9 points and yanked down 7 rebounds to complement him.
The Oilers are now idle until 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 when they play host to Mount Olive in a Prairie State Conference contest.
CM FALLS AT COLUMBIA IN OT — The Civic Memorial Eagles tried their darnedest to be road warriors on Tuesday at Columbia, but ultimately fell 49-44 in overtime.
CM dipped to 15-8 with the loss. It's the fourth loss in five games for the Eagles. Columbia elevated its record to 15-5 with the victory.
CM led 13-10 after one quarter and clung to a 25-24 lead at the half. The lead expanded to 37-34 after three quarters. Columbia clawed back by winning the fourth quarter 8-5 to tie it and outscored CM 7-2 in overtime to lockdown the win.
JaQuan Adams paced CM with 13 points and 5 rebounds. He was complemented by 7 points each from Brandon Hampton and David Lane and 6 from Jaxsen Helmkamp.
Columbia was highlighted by 24 points from Jordan Holmes.
CM looks to get back on track when it visits Mississippi Valley Conference rival Jersey at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
REDBIRDS PLAY KAHOKS TIGHT, BUT LOSE — The Alton Redbirds fell behind early Tuesday in Collinsville and could never recover, falling 54-46.
With the loss, Alton slipped to 3-19 overall and 0-12 in the Southwestern Conference. The Birds have dropped five straight and 10 of their last 11 contests.
"Unfortunately we got in a hole early getting behind to start the game, fought back midway through the (first) quarter and then gave up another run to give them a 15-7 lead,” Alton head coach Bobby Rickman said. “For us to be successful we need to hold teams to about 10 points per quarter."
After falling behind 15-7 after one quarter, the Redbirds cut it to 25-24 at the break and led 35-34 after three quarters, but the Kahoks outscored them 20-11 in the fourth quarter to nab the win.
"Tonight we were not good as a team from the free throw line and that was a huge difference,” said Rickman. “We had the game close through the fourth quarter, but could not make free throws that would have won it for us. Our shot selection has to be better, we cannot give up the turnovers that we had and win games."
LaJarvia Brown led the Birds with 20 points, while shooting 7 of 9 from the charity stripe. Jewel Wagner pitched in 10 points, while Ayonna Clanton added 9 points.
Next up for Alton is a SWC matchup at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Belleville West.
WARRIORS STUMBLE AT EDWARDSVILLE — The Granite City Warriors suffered through a rough night at Lucco-Jackson Gymnasium in Edwardsville Tuesday, falling to the host Tigers 74-24 in Southwestern Conference action.
Granite City dipped to 7-16 and 2-9 on the league slate with the setback. Edwardsville improved to 23-1 and 10-1 with the win.
The Tigers sprinted out to a 29-2 lead after one quarter and led comfortably 43-9 at halftime. The Warriors were also outscored 31-15 in the second half.
Donyai Garrett steered the GCHS offense with 10 points. Addaya Moore pitched in 9 points to complement Garrett.
EHS had four players in double figures, led by Criste'on Waters with 17 points.
Granite City next welcomes Collinsville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a SWC contest.