Panthers blow out Red Devils at BIT

With their long win streak of 41 games at the Benton Invitational Tournament snapped earlier in the week, what was left for Pinckneyville to focus on?  More wins, of course is the answer. The Panthers were crisp and focussed Friday night as they dismantled the Sesser-Valier Red Devils 53-29.
In doing so they accomplished a rare feat in that they held their opponents scoreless after one quarter of play. Pinckneyville led 13-0 after one quarter. The second quarter saw the Red Devils erase the zero, but could add only 5 points thru the first 16 minutes of the game. The game itself was effectively over at half time.
Pinckneyville was led in scoring by Dylan Hardin’s 15 points.

Rockets outlast Rangers at BIT


The Okawville Rockets continue to open eyes this week, during the Benton Invitational Tournament. The success of the Rockets may come as a surprise to some.  But the fact that they were led by potential All-State candidate Jeremy Weeke should not catch anyone by surprise. Weeke turned in a double-double Friday night leading his team to a convincing 49-37 win over the host Benton Rangers.

Still, Ron Winemiller’s Rangers battled back at one point in the second half to be down by just a half dozen. However, Weeke gave them little chance to get closer. He scored 20 points in the game and pulled down 23 rebounds for a dominating performance at both ends of Rich Herrin Gymnasium.

Okawville took the home crowd out of the game early. after one quarter the Rockets led 15-4. Of the 15 points scored, Weeke had 7 of them, and 8 rebounds. That set the tone individually, and for the game, in Okawville’s favor. Benton trailed 30-18 at half. The Rangers made up a half dozen of theose points in the third quarter. However, the Rockets caught a second wind to cruise to the victory.

Benton was led in scoring by Nathaniel Higgins and 13 points, Sheeks and Ward added 10 apiece.

The BIT continues with both an afternoon and evening session in today’s final day of action.

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