55, ROLLO 20
Tournament favorite Waterman
led 31-12 at halftime and then out-scored the Eagles 24-8 in the second half. Forwards
Frank Babcock (14 points) and Sawyer (13 points) led Waterman, while Rollo guard Knight scored seven points in the loss.
46, SANDWICH 30
Hot shooting Sandwich jumped out early, but Serena
clicking and led 8-4 after one quarter. The Cornhuskers then pushed the lead
to 23-14 at halftime and would not be challenged there after.
Serena center Bob Dolder
scored a game-high 14 points, while forward Howard Kerns added 10 points. The
winners also received great play from twins Warren and Woodrow Hoxsey. Schultz
led Sandwich with 13 points.
37, PAW PAW 26
Earlville led 6-5 after
the opening eight minutes and extended the advantage by halftime to 14-11. Paw
Paw hung close, trailing just 25-20 entering the final frame, but Earlville out-pointed the Bulldogs 12-6 in the fourth to
wrap up the victory.
Dick Thompson sparked
the winners and netted a game-high nine points. Brewer paced Paw Paw with eight
32, SHABBONA 21
The Waterman “Reds”
led 13-3 at intermission, but Shabbona jumped out of the gates in the third period as they out-scored WHS 13-7 and trailed
just 20-16 entering the fourth quarter. It was looking as Shabbona may pull off
the upset, but Waterman grabbed the momentum early in the final period and held a 12-5 scoring advantage to win going away.
Waterman was led by star
forward Jack Smiley’s 13 points, while the Indians’ R. Johnson scored 11 points in defeat.
PLANO 26, SERENA 23
Serena had already topped
Plano twice (48-20 and 26-22) early in the season. SHS led 9-5 at halftime, but
Plano, using a tight man-to-man that allowed very few close shots, outscored the
Cornhuskers 21-14 in the second half to pull off the upset and advance.
Forward Houghtby led Plano
with a game-high 15 points, while Bob Dolder, Warren Hoxsey and Woodrow Hoxsey each scored six points.
HINCKLEY 32, LELAND 22
held a 18-12 lead at the break, then used a 10-3 third quarter advantage to wrap up the win.
K. Rissman led Hinckley with nine points; George paced Leland “Little Giants” with
34, SOMONAUK 26
Earlville used great team
play to led 16-12 at halftime. Somonauk sliced the disadvantage to 27-22 entering
the fourth period, but Earlville was able to hold on the lead and advance to the semifinals.
Mathesius (10 points)
and Strong (seven points) dominated the inside for Earlville. Donald Voss had
a outstanding game in a losing cause for Somonauk as he netted 17 of his team’s 26 points in the game.
EARLIVLLE 30, HINCKLEY 22
played a strong first half and led 12-5, but Earlville rallied with a 16-5 third quarter scoring advantage to lead 21-17 and
were able to hold on to advance to the championship game.
Earlville was led by Strong
(11 points) and Pohl (eight points), while Doner had eight tallies for Hinckley.
WATERMAN 44, PLANO 17
Waterman ran out to a
10-2 lead after one frame and cruised from there to end Plano’s upset hopes. The “Reds” expanded the advantage to 24-8 at halftime and 37-10 entering
the final quarter and with the win moved into the title game.
Jack Smiley meshed 16
markers for Waterman, while Stryker added 12 points. Phillips paced Plano
with 11 points.
THIRD PLACE GAME
HINCKLEY 32, PLANO 24
A four-point advantage
in the first and fourth quarters helped give Hinckley third place honors. Plano trailed 24-20 entering the final eight minutes, but they
were unable to overcome their disadvantage.
was led by Doner (10 points) and M. Rissman (eight points), while Plano got 11
points from Phillips and eight from Houghtby.
61, EARLVILLE 28
Waterman exploded to a
26-13 lead after one period and then put the game away with a 16-4 second quarter advantage to enter halftime with an insurmountable
42-17 bulge. It was Waterman’s second straight title and head coach Carl
Mays team’s 16th win in 17 games for the season. Head coach
Ted Zimmerman’s Earlville squad was unable to stop Waterman star Jack Smiley (19 points), who led all players in the
tournament with 54 points. Stryker added 15, Maple 12 points for the champs, while Pohl led the runners-up with eight markers.
Final Regular Season Standings
Waterman 9 1
Hinckley 8 2
Sandwich 5 5
Shabbona 5 5
Earlville 4 6
Somonauk 4 6
Paw Paw 3 7
Leland 2 8
Rollo 0 10