Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Rockets find way to win without Wheeler

TOLONO — JT Wheeler has taken the offensive load for the Unity boys’ basketball team this season, leading his closest teammate by double figures with 21.6 points per game.

Monday's highlights: Westville, B-H boys advance

In boys’ basketball
Class 2A Bismarck-Henning Regional

Westville 43, Oakwood 34. LaDavion Severado scored a game-high 15 points and was 6 of 6 from the free-throw line as the Tigers (18-12) beat a team they’d lost to nine days ago. Kendall Jefferson added 12 points for Westville, which clinched the win by hitting 7 of 8 fourth-quarter free throws.

N-G Top 10: Boys' basketball (Feb. 21)

The postseason is finally here for small-school teams, with Class 3A and 4A teams starting next week. Here’s our latest rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


HS Boys Basketball: 2A Unity Regional

Unity vs. Heritage and Tuscola vs. Georgetown-Ridgefarm in Class 2A Regional games at Unity High School in Tolono on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Unity won, 58-36. Tuscola won, 47-36.

Feb. 23 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will Illinois basketball have any games beyond the Big Ten tournament? How is Lovie Smith's program faring through several spring practices? What area high school boys' basketball teams might make a run to Peoria? When do The News-Gazette All-Area teams for winter sports come out?

Feb. 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

How impressive was the area wrestling scene this winter? What boys' basketball teams could go on a run to Peoria? How surprising it is that no girls' basketball team won a sectional title? What boys' swimmers have a chance to win a state title this weekend? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will take your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but feel free to send him some ahead of time.

N-G Top 10: Boys' Basketball Week 13

Since losing to Champaign Central, Mahomet-Seymour has won seven games in a row as well as a Corn Belt title. That's why the Bulldogs are back at No. 1 in our weekly boys' basketball rankings. Here's the rundown from sports editor Matt Daniels.


Defending champs SJ-O ready to prove doubters wrong once again

ST. JOSEPH — The defending Class 2A boys’ basketball state champions aren’t exactly, well, favored to win another state title come March.

At least on paper.

State on their minds: Boys' baskeball playoff capsules

The small-school boys’ basketball season ends in less than three weeks, with Class 1A and 2A state title games slated for March 11 in downtown Peoria. Beginning Monday, 33 area teams start the journey in an attempt to become one of two small-school teams across the state to hoist a state championship trophy on the floor of Carver Arena.

Advanced Prep (Week of Feb. 20)

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

1. MONDAY, TUESDAY, FRIDAY: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Regional