Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Danville's Moore a home-grown talent

DANVILLE — Tears streamed down Kendle Moore's face by the third down-and-back sprint as a 10-year-old at Lincoln Park in Danville, his dad shouting at him to continue running.

Julius Moore had taken his son to that park to work on his game, and the pair were working on Moore's free throws. And missed free throws had consequences.

Beesley, Cobras close with fifth-place victory

DANVILLE — Luke Beesley thought he was going to play baseball and skip basketball season before Parkland men’s basketball coach Anthony Figueroa talked to him last summer after graduating from Champaign Central.

Terrion Howard also thought his basketball career might be done, as coaches weren’t talking to the 5-foot-4 Centennial grad. That is, until Figueroa corralled him.

2017 All-Area boys' basketball teams

All-Area First Team


Tim Finke 6-6 G Jr. Champaign Central

Calvin Fisher 6-5 F Jr. Monticello

Zach Griffith 6-5 F Sr. Fisher

Trey Layden 6-1 G Sr. Hoopeston Area

Kendle Moore 6-0 G Jr. Danville

Cory Noe 6-2 G Jr. Mahomet-Seymour

Brandon Trimble 6-2 G Sr. St. Joseph-Ogden

N-G Top 10: Boys' basketball (final, 2016-17 season)

From Thanksgiving tournaments in November to sectional showdowns in March, area teams shined. Our final rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


Final area prep statistics: 2016-17 boys' basketball


Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG

Trimble, SJ-O 249 174 733 29.3 51

Blue, UniHigh 94 84 294 24.5 38

Perry, LeRoy 211 144 640 23.7 32

Moore, Danvl 212 141 623 21.5 39

Wheeler, Unity 155 121 462 21.0 38

Layden, Hoop 198 62 526 20.2 35

Cummins, DFB 134 39 376 19.8 33

Noe, M-S 188 183 612 19.7 28

2017 All-Area Boys' Basketball: Meet the first team

Prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis takes a capsule look at this year’s honorees:

Tim Finke

6-6, G, Jr., Champaign Central

2017 all-conference, all-county boys' basketball teams


First Team

SENIORS — Braedon Blackford (Peoria Notre Dame); Neshawn Brooks (Peoria Manual); x-Dazon Farris (Bloomington); Kam Reaves (Centennial); Doug Wallen (Central).

JUNIORS — x-Tim Finke (Central); Patrick Fisher (Bloomington); x-Kendle Moore (Danville).

All-Area Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year: Monticello's Kevin Roy

Why he's Coach of the Year: Plenty of great boys' basketball players and coaches have passed through Monticello, but never had the Sages made an appearance at state. Until this year. Roy harnessed his team's copious amounts of size and talent to upset No. 1 Quincy Notre Dame in super-sectionals. The Sages finished 21-6 and brought home a fourth-place state trophy.

Parkland men's hoops can't overcome late run

DANVILLE — All Luke Beesley could do was watch.

Before fouling out, the Champaign Central graduate helped keep the Parkland men's basketball team in Thursday's NJCAA Division II national tournament quarterfinal against Richard Bland (Va.).

Beesley led the Cobras with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He helped keep a tall Statesmen frontcourt in check.

Parkland advances to Elite Eight

DANVILLE — The outcome is what Anthony Figueroa and his Parkland men’s basketball team wanted on Tuesday night.

“You’re always happy when you win,” the Cobras coach said.

A 62-54 victory against Johnson County (Kan.) in the first round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament kept the Cobras’ national championship aspirations intact.