Ayden Goff hit a shot at the buzzer to lift the Rock Falls boys basketball team to its first victory of the season, 57-55 over Princeton on Saturday in the finale of the Geneseo Thanksgiving Shootout.
Goff’s final basket gave him 16 points for the game, while Booker Cross scored 19 points to pace the Rockets (1-3). Gavin Sands and Timmy Heald both added 11 points in the win, which saw Rock Falls lead 35-23 at halftime and 47-38 heading into the fourth quarter.
Teegan Davis and Grady Thompson both finished with 15 points to lead the Tigers.
In their first game Saturday, the Rockets fell to Kewanee 70-44. Goff had 14 points, and Sands scored 11 as Rock Falls trailed 24-12 after the first quarter and couldn’t catch up.
Brady Clark hit four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 23 points for the Boilermakers, and Niko Powe added 19 points.
Sterling 68, Rochelle 59: The Golden Warriors rallied from a 33-29 halftime deficit by outscoring the Hubs 39-26 in the second half of their finale at the Strombom Holiday Tournament in Sycamore.
JP Schilling led Sterling (2-1) with 21 points, Andre Klaver finished with 15 points, and Lucas Austin added 12 points. Kyle Billing hit two 3-pointers and chipped in nine points for the Warriors.
Tanner Lager led Rochelle with 16 points, with Raul Aguirre adding 13, Ryan Simmons scoring 12, and Noah Brown finishing with 11.
Dixon 59, LaSalle-Peru 49: The Dukes took third place at the Dean Riley “Shootin’ the Rock” Tournament in Ottawa, defeating the Cavaliers thanks to a 23-13 scoring edge in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Gaither’s 18 points paced Dixon (3-1), while Riley Abell scored 12 and Wyatt Wetzell added 11. The Dukes and Cavs were tied 23-23 at halftime and 36-36 through three quarters.
London Cabrera hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead L-P.
Rockford Christian 70, Milledgeville 44: The Missiles fell behind 24-12 after one quarter and never recovered in the third-place game at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament.
All-tournament selection Kieren Harris poured in 22 points for Milledgeville (2-2), with Izaac Toms-Smith scoring 12.
Kevion Cummings had a game-high 27 points on his way to a spot on the all-tournament team, while Ike Johnson finished with 14, and Elijah Daugherty scored 12.
Newman 62, Oregon 40: The Comets claimed seventh place at the Oregon tournament, leading 20-4 after one quarter and never looking back against the host Hawks.
Alex Wigginton’s nine points paced a balanced attack for Newman (2-2), as 11 different Comets scored. Ethan Van Landuit added eight points, Ayden Batten and Mario Passini scored seven each, Alex Rico had six, and Gabe Padilla and Owen McBride finished with five points apiece. Lucas Simpson was selected to the all-tournament team.
Joey Gelander had a game-high 17 points for Oregon, and Jameson Caposey scored 10.
Aquin 60, Milledgeville 44: The Missiles were outscored 19-5 in the third quarter of an otherwise close semifinal game at the Oregon tournament.
Kieren Harris had 18 points to lead Milledgeville, with Bryce Aude scoring 11 and Izaac Toms-Smith adding eight.
Connor Senneff’s 25 points paced the Bulldogs, and Dom Alber finished with 15.
Pecatonica 59, Newman 56: The Comets led 37-25 at halftime of a fifth-place consolation bracket game at Oregon, but were outscored 34-19 in the second half.
Lucas Simpson finished with 14 points for Newman, and Nolan Britt scored 12. Ayden Batten hit three 3-pointers for nine points, Owen McBride added eight, and Alex Wigginton scored seven.
Pec got 14 points from Trent Hetland, 12 each from Hunter Hoffman and Korbin Gann, and 10 from Briaun Green.
North Boone 74, Oregon 38: The Hawks fell behind 25-9 after one quarter in a fifth-place consolation bracket game at their own tournament.
Josh Crandall’s 13 points led Oregon, and Joey Gelander added eight.
Will Doetch scored 20 points, and Elias Lopez had 16 for the Vikings.
Hinckley-Big Rock 64, Morrison 49: The Mustangs were outscored 22-10 in the second quarter of a ninth-place consolation bracket game in Oregon.
Alex Anderson finished with 15 points, Danny Mouw scored 12, and Mason Dykstra added eight for Morrison.
Josh Thompson’s 14 points paced H-BR, with Martin Ledbetter adding 13, Jacoub Badal scoring 11, and Judson Scott chipping in 10.
Morrison ended up taking 11th place at the tournament after receiving a forfeit in its finale.
Midland 51, Amboy 25: The Clippers fell in the championship game at the AFC Thanksgiving Tournament, falling behind 15-4 after one quarter and 30-8 by halftime.
Connor Simpson’s nine points led Amboy (3-1), while Tucker Lindenmeyer scored seven, and Brennan Blaine finished with five.
Midland (4-0) had five players score eight points or more, led by T.J. Guthman’s 12 points, Brett Smith’s 11, and Ryan Bella’s 10.
Polo 43, AFC 41: The Marcos edged out the host Raiders in the fifth-place game in Ashton, rallying from a 31-25 halftime deficit with an 18-10 scoring edge in the second half.
Kahlil Sankey scored 13 points, and Tyler Merdian had 11 to lead Polo (2-2). Carson Jones finished with nine points, and Carter Merdian added eight.
Carson Rueff’s 13 points led AFC (1-3), with Griffin Bushman scoring nine, and Jordan Harris adding eight.
Fulton 49, Orion 28: The Steamers defeated the host Chargers to win the title at the 10 & 32 Tip-Off Classic.
Baylen Damhoff poured in 20 points, and Jacob Jones finished with 15 for Fulton (4-0), which led 9-2 after one quarter, 20-12 at halftime, and 36-18 through three periods. Damhoff was an all-tournament selection.
Chance Stropes led Orion with 19 points, on his way to a spot on the all-tournament team.
Erie-Prophetstown 51, Abingdon-Avon 36: The Panthers cruised in their Orion tournament finale, leading 15-6 after the opening quarter and 26-10 by halftime.
Austin Cole and Noah Wiseley each scored 10 points, with Kolby Franks and Caleb Naftzger adding nine points apiece for Erie-Prophetstown. All-tournament pick Connor Sibley hit two 3-pointers for six points.
All-tournament selection Easten Schisler poured in 26 points to lead Abingdon-Avon.
Bureau Valley 49, Putnam County 41: The Storm won the title at the Wally Keller Invitational in Kewanee, outscoring the Panthers 20-8 in the fourth quarter.
Carter Salisbury scored a game-high 22 points for Bureau Valley (5-0), which forced turnovers on the first six Putnam County possessions in the fourth quarter to ignite its comeback from a 33-29 deficit through three periods. Brock Foster and Adam Johnson added eight points each for the Storm, who had a 26-12 scoring edge over the final 12 minutes of the game.
Andrew Pyszka led the Panthers with 14 points, and Jackson McDonald scored 12.
LaSalle-Peru 37, Rock Falls 36: The Rockets couldn’t hold off the Cavaliers in LaSalle, as the Cavaliers rallied from a 28-23 deficit through three quarters.
Mallory Pinske and Claire Bickett both scored 10 points for Rock Falls, while Jacee Sigel hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight points.
Brooklyn Ficek led L-P with nine points, and Addison Duttlinger and Angela Smudzinksi added eight points each.
Duchesses, Warriors, Panthers open season at Rock Island: The Dixon girls bowling team placed seventh out of 14 teams at the Rock Island Invitational at Highland Park Lanes, while Sterling took 11th and Erie-Prophetstown finished 14th.
Dixon rolled a 4,670 six-game total, while Sterling had a 4,079, and E-P bowled a 3,659. Harlem won the title with a 5,726, topping runner-up Lockport (5,518) by 208 pins.
Tianna Bryson led the Duchesses with the eighth-highest six-game series of 1,130, and the ninth-highest single game with a 235. Leslie Pettorini added a 1,010 series and a 204 high game, with Grace DeBord rolling a 215 game in her 935 series. Autumn Swift (838) and Abby Tate (757) also bowled for Dixon.
Hannah Conderman led the Golden Warriors with a 1,013 series and a 205 high game. Katelynn Garcia (873), Brendy Gatica (822), Kailynn Wickham (698) and Regan Guinn (673) also competed for Sterling.
Hannah Neumiller led the Panthers with an 846 series, while Khloee Rangel (766), Mysti Moody (715), Jolene Wells (712) and Naudia Ritemon (620) also bowled for E-P.
Harlem’s Paige Carpenter rolled games of 248, 247, 243 and 237 in her 1,372 six-game series to take the individual title, while teammate Carolyn Richards took second with a 1,285 series that included games of 241, 235, 222 and 210.
Oregon starts season 2-0: The Hawks won a pair of matches at Town & Country Lanes in Mt. Morris to open the 2021 season.
In the first dual, Oregon defeated West Central 1,962-1,340. Ava Wight led the way with a 558 series, followed by Paige Beauchem (382), Kendra Ehrler (258), Mackenzie Alford (357) and Trinity Hultquist (307). Allie Valley led West Central with a 348 series.
The Hawks also eked out a win over Abingdon, 1,930-1,823. Wight opened her 594 series with a 235 game, while Alford (351), Beauchem (337) and Ehlrer (306) all rolled three games for Oregon; Hultquist (261) and Kylie Krug (81) split the final series. Abingdon got a 432 series from Mary Ella Tucker, and a 416 from Geneive Johnston.
Oregon wins twice at home: The Hawks defeated West Central 2,818-2,320 and topped Abingdon 2,643-2,374 in a pair of duals at Town & Country Lanes in Mt. Morris.
Jackson Werren opened his 641 series with a 205, and closed it with a 237 to lead Oregon (5-1), while Isaac Kaltenbrun had a 250 second game in his 620 series. Brandon Rowe (570) and Bryan Immel (514) also rolled three games for the Hawks, and Gavvin Surmo (348) and Brady Davis (125) split the other series. Parker Brownlee led West Central with a 586 series and a 213 high game.
Werren’s 552 series led Oregon against Abingdon, as he had a 213 second game. Immel rolled a 541 series, Kaltenbrun had a 513, and Rowe added a 503. After Stylar Klapp’s 145 in the opening game, Roberto Hernandez took over for the final two games, rolling a team-high 222 and finishing with a 389. Tyler Conderay led Abingdon with a 572 series and a 214 high game.