The Illinois Valley Central boys started the week Wednesday by taking down Streator at home, 63-47, in a make-up game.


The Illinois Valley Central boys started the week Wednesday by taking down Streator at home, 63-47, in a make-up game.

 

“We played pretty solid all game and were able to build a nice lead by the fourth quarter,” coach Jim Thornton said. “We really played well on both ends of the court.”

 

To open the game, the Ghosts played one of their best defensive quarters of the season.

 

Streator’s offense could not find a rhythm due to the intense pressure of the Ghosts, and Streator continually turned the ball over.

 

The Ghost offense did not have the same problems, and senior Jake Rutan dominated the Streator defenders in the low-post.

 

Rutan led the team with 17 points.

 

Senior Alex Koch got in on the action by launching in mid-range shots over defenders.

 

Koch had 13 points for the game.

 

Streator’s offense awoke in the second quarter and began to knock down shots and put together scoring runs.

 

Although Streator outscored IVC for the quarter, the Ghosts still took a 31-22 lead into halftime.

 

In the third quarter, the Ghosts again outplayed Streator on offense and defense.

 

Senior Brock Adcock used his sharp-shooting skills to knock down long-range shots that helped the Ghosts build a comfortable lead.

 

IVC was leading, 46-33, after the third quarter.

 

In the final quarter, the Ghosts continued to keep Streator from putting together a comeback by using great defensive pressure.

 

Offensively, the team scored enough points to keep Streator in the hole, and IVC won.

 

The Ghosts then hosted Princeton and won, 49-41, Friday.

 

The Ghosts started the North Central Illinois Conference game sloppy and created unforced turnovers due to careless decisions and poor ballhandling.

 

Princeton, however, racked up points when they knocked down easy shots and turned Ghost turnovers into points.

 

Princeton held an 11-6 lead after the first quarter.

 

The Ghost defense played a little better in the second quarter and put enough pressure on the Tigers to keep them from grabbing a commanding lead.

 

Junior Jordan Seele overpowered Tiger defenders in the low-post and racked up points near the hoop thanks to his superior size and strength.

 

Seele led the team with 18 points.

 

Despite the great play from Seele, Princeton was leading, 18-12, at halftime.

 

“We shot three-for-18 from the field in the first half,” Thornton said. “We shot a lot better in the second half and made 10-of-11 freethrows in the fourth quarter to close the game.”

 

The Ghosts began to slowly claw their way back in the second half.

 

Junior Sherrarr Tate helped the team set up its offense by making smart passing decisions from the top-of-the-key.

 

Koch blew past Tiger defenders to lay the ball in and also sent in shots from long-range, showing that the Ghosts could score from multiple spots on the floor.

 

IVC took a 29-28 lead into the final quarter.

 

In the fourth quarter, the Ghost defense put enough pressure on the Tigers to keep them from going on any scoring binge.

 

Offensively, the Ghosts were able to push their advantage by using intelligent passes to open teammates and IVC won.

 

The Ghosts (17-6, 6-3) next play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Spring Valley Hall on Senior Night.

 

“We’re just trying to build momentum heading into the playoffs,” Thornton said.