Sophomore forward Joe Butler said it wasn’t the pregame plan to get him involved offensively, it just worked out that way.
Butler scored 11 of his 14 points in the first 6:17 on Tuesday night as Minooka boys basketball breezed to a 53-40 Southwest Prairie victory at Plainfield Central.
Mark Geers chipped in with 14 points and matched Butler’s seven rebounds as the Indians (6-9, 2-3) dominated inside.
“The difference was we finally played mad,” Minooka coach Scott Tanaka said. “We were coming off a game against South that we had no business losing.
“This lets our guys see that the outcome can be different if we play mad. We had nice effort and enthusiasm. We have tried to stress that all year but sometimes it takes some adversity before the guys see it. That’s the unfortunate thing.”
The Fighting Irish took the nonconference game from the Norsemen by 24 points behind 20 points by carter Gallick, 10 from Austin Applebee and nine each from Conlan Callahan and Devin Leo.
The Irish defense forced 26 turnovers in the win.
For Newark, Jack Clausel had 11 points.
In the frosh-soph game, Newark won, 40-37, despite 11 points from Kole Gallick and nine from Devin Bryant.
The Gardner-South Wilmington boys basketball team picked up a River Valley Conference win over Tri-Point.
“We needed this one to right the ship and I thought the kids stepped up and got the job done on their home floor,” GSW coach Chris Gibson said. “We had quite a few kids out the playing injured and I thought there were some gutsy performances. It was a nice win for the team.”
Kyle Robison had 17 points to lead the Panthers while Blake Marks added 14 and Tristan Noonan had 11. The remaining points came from Scott Horrie (seven) and Trevor McDaniel (six).
Coal City 47,
Rich South 44
The Coalers improve to 10-4 with the win.
“This was a great win for us,” Coal City coach Brad Boresi said. “We got off to a slow start but put together a great second quarter.”
Nick Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Coalers while Brennen Shetina added 14 points and seven assists.
Christian Haven 75,
Families of Faith 59
Josiah Blan had 22 points and 11 rebounds to complete the double-double in the loss.
Cody Blan added 12 points and both Brandon Cline and Vincent Dorantes had 10 each.
Also, at the 39th Annual Winter Classic Tournament, FoF defeated Charter School of the Dunes, 50-41, behind 24 points by Josiah Blan and 18 more from Cody Blan. Josiah Blan also pulled in 12 rebounds to complete the double-double.
At the same tournament, FoF lost to Calumet Christian, 79-68, with Josiah Blan scoring 29 points and adding 13 rebounds, but this time Dorantes joined him in turning in a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cline also chipped in with 12 points.
In the semifinals, FoF defeated HSRC, 71-58, with Cody Blan netting 30 points while Josiah Blan added 16 points and 16 rebounds. Like the previous game, Dorantes matched Josiah Blan’s double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
In the championship game, Families of Faith came back to avenge an earlier loss to Calumet Christian by winning, 50-46, to take the title. Josiah Blan had 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots while Cline added 18 points and seven rebounds.
Blan was named the tournament’s MVP for averaging 21 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocked shots, 2.8 steals and four assists a game.
Plainfield North 2,722
Leading Morris was senior Amber Benson with a series of 626 (192, 168, 266) and teammate Savannah Strange added a 604 series (197, 197, 210).
“The first two games came down to the 10th frame,” Morris coach Harry Banks said. “It was nice to see the girls rise to the occasion. Bowling against Plainfield North is always going to be a good match.”
Morris is now 6-2 on the season.
In the JV match, Morris again won 2,168-2,017. Freshman Amy Waldron led the younger Redskins with a 495 series and Ann Marie Hayes added a 443.
Lockport Kelvin Grove 28
Tyler Spiezio had 24 points in the win while Cortez James added seven points and Jett Walker had five.
In the seventh-grade contest, Saratoga won, 26-19, with Jacob Overbeck leading the Hawks with 20 points.
Joliet Hufford 38
Spiezio had 23 points and Brennan Goff added 11 in the win.
In the seventh-grade contest, Saratoga beat Hufford 35-34 with Overbeck scoring 16 points and Patrick McCabe adding 10.
MVK def. Streator Woodland,
Alexa Novy had 13 service points in the win by the Mavericks and Alyssa Hauch added seven points and two kills.
In the seventh-grade match, MVK won, 25-13, 25-23 with Lauren Dooley getting 11 service points and Alyssa Binion added seven points and one kill.
Coal City def. Reed-Custer,
Sadey Brewer led Coal City with nine points while Bridget Kauzlaric added seven assists and Sam Olsen four kills.
Marquette def. Shabbona,
25-19, 20-25, 15-10
Ashlyn Williams led the Braves with 10 points while Olivia Doss and Sophia Shaw had three each.
In the “B” match, Morris won, 25-23, 26-24, with Lily Goode scoring eight service points. Tera McCormick had seven points and Baylee Newman had six.