Results from the inaugural SJO Christie Clinic Shootout

The inaugural SJO Christie Clinic Shootout was held on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, and featured twelve teams from both large and small schools converging to offer an afternoon and evening of quality high school basketball action.



Watseka  61  Tri-Valley 56


In the first game of the day, the Watseka Warriors outlasted the Tri-Valley Vikings by a score of 61-56.  Watseka was led in scoring by Brendan Fletcher with 21 points, while Blake Castonguay added 20. Ben Lyznicki also scored 9 for Watseka in the win. The Warriors trailed at the end of the first half 23-20, but used a strong fourth quarter, outscoring Tri-Valley 22-13 en route to the victory.

Watseka was nearly perfect from the free throw line, making 20 of 21 attempts in the game. 

Clayton Leipold scored 16 points to lead the Vikings, while Mason Cagley added 15.  Tri-Valley didn’t make it to the free throw line nearly as much as Watseka did, making just 4 of 8 attempts from the stripe. 




Unity 45  PBL 35


In the second game of the shootout, J. T. Wheeler, Jonathan Decker and Ethan Miebach each scored 10 points to help lead the Unity Rockets to a 45-35 win over the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers.  The Rockets built a comfortable 21-12 lead over PBL at the half, but had to hold on at the end after watching a 14 point fourth quarter lead start to dissipate.  Unity shot 46% (15-33) from the field in the game, while going 9-14 from the free throw line, good for 65%.  The Rockets were just 2-5 from beyond the arc.  Luke Warnes added 9 points for the Rockets, who play in the newly formed Illini Prairie Conference along with the Spartans. 

PBL was led in scoring by Austin Sanders with 8 points, followed by Mason Ecker and Tyler Pichon, both of whom had 7 points.  The Panthers struggled from the field, only making 6-27 (22%) and 4-9 from the three-point line.  PBL did shoot well from the free throw line, making 11 of 14 shots from the stripe for the game.



Normal Community 61  Morton 59


Daylen Boddie hit a fall away jumper with 1.2 seconds left on the clock, propelling the Normal Community Ironmen to hang on and defeat a determined Morton Potters squad 61-59 in the third game of the SJO Christie Clinic Shootout.  Normal Community, who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, saw the Potters begin to hit three-pointer after three-pointer, clawing their way back into the game, and actually tying the score with under 20 seconds remaining.  Jalen Coleman led the Ironmen in scoring with 18 points, while Boddie added 14.  C. J. Wilbourn scored 13 points, and two other Normal Community players, Blake Foster and Dishon Hall, rounded out the scoring with three points apiece.  The Ironmen shot 55% from the field (23-42), and was 6-13 from beyond the arc for the game.  Normal Community (12-2) was 9-12 from the free throw line, and held a 35-18 advantage at the half.

Morton, who falls to 12-6 with the loss, was led in scoring by Barik Olden, who scored a game-high 21 points.  Tucker Rugaard added 15 points, while Noah Steffen and Eric Hanson scored 10 points apiece for the Potters, who were 22-39 (56%) from the field, and 9-20 (45%) from three-point range.  Morton was 6-8 from the free throw line, including 3-5 in the final quarter of play.


Danville 93  Galesburg 67


In the fourth game of the shootout, the Danville Vikings showed why they are one of the better teams in the state in Class 4A, as they destroyed the Galesburg Silver Streaks 93-67, behind some sizzling shooting from beyond the arc.  Sean Houpt led five Viking players in double figures with 22 points, while freshman Tevin Smith added 12.  Adam Forthenberry came off the bench to score 11 points, while Drake signee Kendle Moore and Elijah Davis each scored 10 points apiece for the Vikings (13-2), who led comfortably by a score of 51-30 at the half.  Danville shot 35-69 (51%) from the field, including 18-32 (56%) from beyond the arc.  Danville has quite a bit of Division I talent, with the aforementioned Moore heading to the Missouri Valley next year, while center Julian Pearl, who scored 5 points, is heading to the University of Illinois to play football for Lovie Smith.  Guard Caleb Griffin is also being touted by several D-I schools as a preferred walk-on as a kicker. 

Galesburg, who drops to 12-5 with the loss, was led in scoring by Cornell Dotson, who had 20 points.  Andrew Anderson added 18 for the Silver Streaks, while Khali Hodge, Quinn Anderson and Jacob Carl each scored 5 points apiece.  Galesburg shot 22-57 (39%) from the field, including 10-25 (40%) from long range.  The Silver Streaks fared well from the free throw line, making 13 of their 18 attempts from the charity stripe. 



St. Joseph-Ogden 98  Shelbyville 66


Not to be outdone by the Danville Vikings in the game before theirs, the host Spartans of St. Joseph-Ogden nearly hung 100 on Shelbyville in the fifth game of the shootout, defeating the Rams by a score of 98-66.  SJO, who were also red-hot from beyond the arc in the game, bested the Vikings’ halftime mark of 51 by scoring 53 of their own, taking a more than manageable 53-24 lead into the halftime locker room.  Sophomore Chance Izard led the Spartans with 24 points, while senior Jordan Brooks added 16.  Bryce Haake and Jack Cook each scored 10 for SJO (12-1), who had it rolling from all facets of their game against Shelbyville.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect that output at all tonight”, SJO head coach Brian Brooks said following the game on his team’s all-around effort.  Izard, who was 6-7 from beyond the arc himself, had a career night in points, and picked up the slack on the Spartans’ Cook, who was held without a shot in the first half.

“Chance (Izard) really stepped up for us and shot the ball well, and Jack (Cook) got in some foul trouble in the first half, which really limited his contribution for us during that time”, Brooks added regarding Izard picking up the team in the absence of Cook, who was relegated to the bench with those early fouls. 

SJO shot 38-61 (62%) from the field for the game, including 12-23 (52%) from long range.  The Spartans were 10-17 from the foul line in the game, and had nearly everyone score in the game that played. 

Shelbyville, who falls to 13-3 with the loss, was led in scoring by Malcolm Miller, who scored a game-high 29 points.  Only four other Shelbyville players scored in the game, with Turner Pullen adding 17 and freshman Kade Kull chipping in 14 points.  Brett Spears added 4 points, while Braydon Vice scored 2 points.  The Rams shot 25-52 (48%) from the field, including just 3-13 (23%) from beyond the arc.  Shelbyville went to the free throw line 20 times, and made 13 of those attempts.  






Mahomet-Seymour 55  Belleville Althoff 49


In the final game of the inaugural Christie Clinic Shootout at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs defeated the Crusaders of Belleville Althoff 55-49.  Corey Noe led the Bulldogs with 22 points, while Noah Benedict added 15.  Jordan Veldman scored 10 points for Mahomet-Seymour, who only saw five players score in the contest.  Brooks Coetzee and Holt Campion each added 4 points apiece to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs.  Mahomet-Seymour was 11-15 from the foul line in the game, and trailed the Crusaders 21-20 at the half. 

Belleville Althoff was led in scoring by Melvin Brock with 12 points, while Daulton Burgner added 11.  Ethyn Brown chipped in 9 for the Crusaders, who were 13-16 from the free throw line in the game.  Justin Strong also scored 6 for the Crusaders, while Patrick Readye scored 5. 











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