The Illinois Valley Central boys’ team started the week on the wrong foot when they fell to Canton, 61-60, at home Feb. 15.

The Illinois Valley Central boys’ team started the week on the wrong foot when they fell to Canton, 61-60, at home Feb. 15.


“We turned the ball over and they scored too many points off those,” coach Jim Thornton said. “We also had too many fouls in the fourth quarter and they made their free-throws. Those are the two areas that really killed us.”


The team started the game on fire offensively and passed the ball around to patiently set up the offense.


Senior Brock Adcock deftly lined up outside shots and knocked them down over Little Giant defenders.


Adcock scored 16 points for the game.


Although Canton was not able to keep up with the Ghosts, they did score enough points to keep from falling too far behind.


The Ghosts defense began to fall apart in the second quarter, and Canton put together a scoring run due to intelligent ball movement.


IVC still put up points, however, thanks to junior Jordan Seele dominating Canton defenders in the low-post.


Seele had 16 points for the game.


Canton grabbed the lead near the end of the quarter, and IVC was trailing, 32-30, at halftime.


The Ghost offense regained its footing in the third quarter and quickly took the lead by making smart offensive decisions.


Senior Alex Koch helped lead the offense by distributing the ball to open teammates, and charging through Little Giant defenders to take the ball to the hoop.


Defensively, IVC threw off the timing of Canton by upping the defensive pressure and keeping the Little Giants from going on a scoring run.


IVC reclaimed a 52-44 lead at the end of the third quarter.


In the fourth quarter, the Ghost offense faltered and could not get their timing down.


Too many unforced turnovers and poor shot selection led to an offensive lag for the team and gave Canton a chance to mount a comeback.


The Little Giants began to cut into the Ghost lead by knocking down long-range shots, and using good ball movement to take high-percentage shots.


The Ghosts fell could not respond to Canton’s offensive surge, and lost.


“We need to improve our effort and go out and play hard for entire games,” Thornton said. “We also have to show better effort on defense.”


The team then hosted North Central Illinois Conference rival Spring Valley Hall Friday and won, 72-62, on Senior Night.


Before the game, seniors Jake Rutan, Koch and Adcock were honored for their commitment to the basketball program.


The team started the game on an offensive streak and took advantage of the lackluster Hall defense.


Junior Nolan Seiler helped the Ghosts build a lead by deftly knocking down long-range shots and moving the ball around to his open teammates.


IVC’s defense pressured the Red Devil offense into creating turnovers that the Ghosts then turned into points.


IVC built a 21-7 lead after the opening quarter.


Hall began to add points in the second quarter when their offense built a rhythm.


Although the Red Devils began to sink shots thanks to good ball movement, the Ghosts still continued to rack up points, and held a 35-23 lead at halftime.


The Ghost offense did not slow down in the third quarter and used junior Jordan Seele to dominate Hall in the low-post.


Seele put up 17 points for the game.


IVC was not the only team racking up points in the third quarter and Hall continued to keep within striking distance of the Ghosts.


IVC was winning, 54-39, after the third quarter.


In the final quarter, Hall’s offense put together its best effort of the game.


Hall sank in long-range shots and charged through Ghost defenders to score in the low-post.


IVC, however, continued to knock down shots and prevented Hall from mounting a comeback.


“We were up 21 points in the third quarter, and then we gave Hall too many open shots in the fourth quarter,” Thornton said. “They made their shots and our effort was not good.”


The Ghosts (18-7, 7-3) were scheduled to play the winner of the Farmington and Peoria Christian game Tuesday night in the Kewanee Regional.


If the team won, they will next play the winner of the Kewanee and Manlius game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kewanee.


“We need to play hard and do that for four quarters,” Thornton said. “We can’t let up and let teams get back in the game.”


“We also have to get back to playing more intense defense and do a better job rebounding.”