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Oregon Class 1A Sectional

Qualifiers for the State Wrestling Tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign

Thursday through Saturday

**Stillman Valley: 1st Place: Jared Van Vleet (Sr.) (132) (34-1)
                                        Drake Jennings (Sr.) (195) (34-1)

                          4th Place: Sam Durfey (Sr.) (160) (27-7)

**Byron:             1st Place: Jonah Pearson (Sr.) (182) (40-4)

                          4th Place: Rick Messling (Jr.) (170) (28-11)
                                         Colton Ingram (Jr.) (195) (9-6)
                                         Peyton Lind (Soph.) (220) (30-9)

**Oregon:           2nd Place: Jacob Milliman (Soph.) (113) (30-8)

**Winnebago:     3rd Place: Carlos Sanchez (Soph.) (126) (32-5)

Boys High School Basketball

**Due to a scheduling problem, the Rochelle boys basketball game with Princeton Friday night has been cancelled.

Saturday

**Due to a scheduling problem, the Rochelle boys basketball game with Princeton Friday night has been cancelled.

Saturday

Rock Falls 68 Byron 63
Mendota 60 Stillman Valley 59
AFC 63 Durand 45
Polo 80 Dakota 49
      **Reid Taylor (Polo): 28 pts (5 3-pointers)
Forreston 73 Pecatonica 50
      **Cardinals: 21-8 4th quarter
      **Brandon Schneiderman (Forreston): 26 pts
Winnebago 58 Putnam County 33
DeKalb 63 Morris 44
Kaneland 48 Sycamore 43
Geneseo 51 Princeton 39
Morris 48 Warren 28
Plainfield Central 52 Yorkville 51
Freeport Aquin 63 Orangeville 52
South Beloit 57 North Boone 47
Eastland 54 Dwight 53 (Riverton Shootout)

Girls High School Basketball

Kaneland 61 Geneseo 50
Sycamore 56 Morris 50

NIU Basketball

DEKALB, Ill. -- Sophomore Eugene German (banked home a game-winner with four seconds left as the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team topped first-place Buffalo, 90-88, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center. 

NIU trailed by 13 with a little over eight minutes to play in regulation before storming back to snap a 13-game Buffalo winning streak in the series.

German finished with a game-high 28 points, including 8-of-11 shooting from inside the three-point arc, and a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Levi Bradley added 22 points and sophomore Justin Thomas  chipped in 17 points and four assists.

“It was an incredible game,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “An incredible crowd. You could feel the energy in the Convocation Center. It means something when you are on a losing streak and you get that kind of support, and we needed it, because Buffalo got us down, but we weren’t out, we kept fighting.

“Our guys were resilient today. It can go one of two ways when you are down 13 with eight minutes to go, our guys decided to fight and we got it done on the defensive end. We made free throws, we shared the ball and Eugene German made a heck of a play in overtime to win it.”

A basket by Jayvon Graves gave Buffalo a 72-59 lead, its largest of the game, with 8:19 left in regulation but NIU answered with an 18-1 run to take a four-point lead. 

Sophomore Noah McCarty  opened the run with a pair of free throws, Thomas and freshman Gairges Daow  each added a bucket before a Buffalo free throw made it 73-67 Bulls with 6:12 left.

Back-to-back baskets from Bradley then brought NIU within a pair before Thomas evened the game at 73 with 4:48 left.

Following the under-four minute media timeout, Buffalo missed a pair of free throws before German and McCarty each scored for the Huskies to give NIU a 77-73 lead with a little over three minutes left in regulation.

McCarty finished with seven points and five rebounds.

Buffalo (18-7, 10-2 MAC) pulled back within one but two free throws from Thomas and one from McCarty brought the lead back to four with 1:39 left. The Bulls answered with the next five however, taking an 81-80 lead with 40 seconds to go.

With 19 seconds left in regulation, Thomas stepped to the free-throw line and knocked in a pair, Buffalo went to the other end and split a pair to tie the game, 82-82, with 12 seconds to go.

Buffalo went just 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from the free-throw line while NIU shot 82.8 percent (24-of-29) from the charity stripe.

NIU (11-14, 4-8 MAC) had the final possession of regulation but the Huskies came up empty and the game went to overtime.

In the extra session, NIU scored first through Bradley, but Buffalo answered with a triple to take an 85-84 lead. After another bucket from Bradley, the Bulls again knocked in a triple to lead 88-86 with just under two minutes to play.

On the next possession, German was fouled driving to the basket and calmly stepped to the line to drain a pair for the sixth tie of the afternoon with 1:36 left.

Two empty trips by the Bulls, and one by the Huskies, meant NIU had the basketball with 26 seconds to go.

Following a timeout, German held for one-shot and drove to the bucket, banking home a layup with four ticks left on the clock. Buffalo tried to race up the floor but their half-court heave came up short and NIU prevailed over Buffalo.

Nick Perkins led the Bulls with 22 points, Wes Clark added 21 and Jeremy Harris chipped in 15 points.

The Huskies will be back in action at the NIU Convocation Center on Tuesday night, Feb. 13, when they host Central Michigan at 7 p.m.

 

DEKLAB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team recorded its third-straight win after rallying to defeat Bowling Green, 73-68, in the Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.

“Like most MAC wins, that was a hard-fought 40 minutes,” said NIU head coach Lisa Carlsen. “I knew we were going to be in a situation where we were going to need a couple people to step up and I think we had that. Anybody that stepped on the floor gave us quality minutes.”

NIU (13-11, 5-8 MAC) outshot Bowling Green (10-14, 2-11 MAC), 35.8-35.6 from the field, While the Falcons were an impressive 11-of-32 from three-point territory, Saturday’s game was won at the free throw line. The Huskies converted 21-of-24 free throw attempts, led by Courtney Woods  who was a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. The Huskie junior finished with ther eighth double-double of the season.

Woods finished the day with a game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds, all on the defensive end of the floor and was one of three Huskies in double digits. Abby Woolacott  added a career-best 19 points, while Mikayla Voigt  followed with 15. Like Woods, Voigt was perfect from the line hitting all six of her free throw attempts.

The Huskies trailed by 11 points with a little over a minute left in the first half. However, NIU went on a 6-0 run to end the half and the Huskies went into the break down, 35-30. A pair of second half scoring outbursts and strong defense helped push NIU past Bowling Green.

Down 46-42 with 5:29 left in the third, the Huskies went on a 14-3 run to close out the quarter and take a 56-49 lead into the fourth. Bowling Green responded with a 9-2 run in the opening minutes of the quarter to tie the game, 58-58, with 7:38 left in the game. The Falcons took a 61-60 lead with 7:01 left in the contest. That would be their last lead of the game.

NIU went on a 9-2 run the next five minutes to wrestle control of the game and open up a 69-63 lead with 1:44. The Huskies went 4-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win.

“Any time you look at the fourth quarter, especially late in the game, you’re going to look at key possessions and hopefully good things happen,” Carlsen said. “I think we had a couple of those. Courtney hit a big three that was huge for us and down the stretch, we were able to keep the ball alive on the offensive glass.”

Riley Blackwell hauled in a career-best 10 rebounds, but NIU was outrebounded 48-44. However, the Huskies won the turnover battle, committing a season-low nine turnovers on the day. They are the fewest turnovers for NIU this season since the second game of the year at Iowa.

NIU will return to the floor on Saturday, Feb. 17, when the Huskies play host to Ball State as part of a doubleheader at the Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. 

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