East St. Louis pulls away to beat Centralia plays Marion for a sectional final on Friday

Don’t look now, but here come the East St. Louis Flyers.

East Side, under first-year coach Mark Chambers, reeled off another memorable victory Wednesday as it surged past the Centralia Orphans 62-50 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Centralia Sectional.

After he took over the coaching reins from Fernando Stevenson in January, Chambers said it wasn’t about how the Flyers were performing then, but how they would play in March.

“I think it was Jan. 9,” Chambers said, recalling the Flyers’ 69-61 victory over Alton, his first as coach. “I talked about being more concerned about how we were going to be playing March 9. Fortunately, we’re going to be playing on March 9. The guys have really worked hard. They’re very resilient and do everything I ask them to do. I’m very proud of the guys.”

Please click on the link for the full story from David Wilhelm of the Belleville News-Democrat.



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