Top-seeded Springfield Lanphier displayed a 1-2 scoring punch in the second half that knocked out Evanston’s basketball team today at the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament.
Trailing just 25-20 at halftime in their second game of the day, the Wildkits couldn’t contain the outside scoring of Lanphier’s Xavier Bishop (24 points) or the inside effort of Larry Austin Jr. (19 points) for the defending tournament champions in a 63-47 loss.
Evanston will take a 9-4 record into Saturday’s third place game against Rockford Boylan, a 68-60 loser to Limestone. Game time is 5 p.m.
Bishop poured in nine points in the third quarter to help break the game open for the Lions, including a pair of baskets from 3-point range along with a traditional 3-point play. Lanphier led 43-31 after three quarters.
The Wildkits were led by C.J. Singletary’s season-high 13 points, but he was the only ETHS player to reach double figures. Next best for the Kits were Nojel Eastern (7 points, 4 assists) and Will Jones (6 points).
Evanston converted just 15-of-38 field goal attempts and committed 21 turnovers in the defeat.
Earlier, coach Mike Ellis’ squad needed overtime but managed to avenge a season-opening loss to Mount Carmel by turning the tables on the Caravan for a 60-55 triumph. Evanston dominated the overtime period after missing a chance to secure the victory in regulation when Dante Henley missed a free throw attempt with 15 seconds to play.
In the OT, Evanston scored the first five points and never looked back. Eastern was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the extra period and the freshman finished with 9 total points. Jones and Henley tied for team scoring honors with 12 points apiece, and Elijah Henry added 11 points and 5 rebounds.
It marked the third overtime victory for Evanston this season.
Source: ETHS Sports Information