Prep Boys Basketball

Missouri hits 'em with their best shot, but Illinois continues dominance

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 17, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 18, 2017 11:27 pm

QUINCY -- The intensity and tenacity on display during Saturday night's 34th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic boys game rivaled that of a late-season conference showdown or postseason tussle.

Logan Minter wouldn't want it any other way.

"I've got to have something to go, something to feed the energy," said Minter, the Monroe City power forward. "Playing for pride does that."

Seven minutes in, Illinois' pride had been bruised.

Noah Talton's 3-pointer from the left wing gave Missouri an 11-point advantage as Illinois went through a 2-for-11 shooting slump. However, Parker Bland's three-point play woke up the Land of Lincoln, Garrett Gadeke's 3-pointer gave Illinois its first lead and its dominance in the all-time series continued with a 101-85 victory at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena.

"We responded really well," said Bland, the Quincy High School forward who earned Illinois MVP honors with a 23-point, seven-rebound effort. "We gathered ourselves in the media timeout. We talked about things and came out and got after it."

Illinois ran its winning streak to eight games and owns a 32-2 series advantage.

"When you're playing in a game like this, you want your side to be the better side," Bland said. "That's why it gets intense."

It started that way.

Illinois won the opening tip and fed the 6-foot-4 Bland cutting to the basket on the right side. Talton, a 6-foot guard from Knox County who is going to run track at Indian Hills Community College, blocked Bland's shot, and Palmyra's Casch Doyle scored from the block on Missouri's ensuing possession to grab the lead.

"From the get-go, it was crazy," Doyle said. "The first half, you still have some butterflies going. In the second half, you settle in and try to make something big happen."

Missouri tried to do that in the first half, too.

After Talton scored twice on drives, Minter scored on three consecutive possessions -- two after offensive rebounds -- as the Show-Me State's opening flurry led to a 19-8 lead.

"We figured they were going to underestimate us and how we play," said Doyle, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. "So we had to come out, be physical, be fast and perform at our best. That's what we did. We led most of the first half. Then the second half came around, and they kind of picked up on what we were doing and made their run."

Gadeke's 3-pointer with 6:39 to go in the half put Illinois ahead 28-27, and the Land of Lincoln closed the half with a 9-3 spurt to go into the locker room with a 43-38 lead.

Missouri missed 9 of 10 shots from 3-point range in the first half, and Illinois owned an 8-2 advantage in assists.

That had Illinois coach Kevin Meyer convinced better play was ahead.

"The guys buying in to defense made the difference," said Meyer, who will be in his third season at Quincy Notre Dame next winter. "When you get 10 guys really buying in, then it becomes a fun experience.

"They played defense, got some runouts, shared the ball and played what I thought was a fun style of basketball."

Illinois scored on six of its first eight possessions of the second half to extend the lead to double digits, and it never felt threatened again.

"Coach Meyer mentioned in the locker room, ‘Play for each other and not for yourselves," Bland said. "We really did that."

It meant everyone got in the scoring column for Illinois, with Cory Miller scoring 15 points and Justin Bottorff and Lane Marlow each adding 12 points. Gadeke nearly had a double-double, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Minter, who was named Missouri's MVP, had 22 points and seven rebounds, while Talton and Kyle Strange each had 11 points for Missorui.

"We got to play against guys you don't normally play against and guys you don't normally play with," Minter said. "That's special. We formed new bonds and new enemies. It's a fun experience and an intense one. That lived up to it."

 

34th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

Illinois 101, Missouri 85

MISSOURI

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Bichsel 0-11 0-0 4 1 0

Francis 3-6 0-0 2 1 8

Tonkinson 2-6 3-4 4 5 7

Doyle 5-16 2-2 9 4 15

Talton 4-8 2-2 7 3 11

Scoggin 3-8 3-6 3 0 10

Strange 3-6 5-6 2 1 11

Parrish 0-4 1-2 1 2 1

Speaks 0-2 0-0 4 3 0

Minter 10-13 0-3 7 2 22

Team 4

Totals 30-80 16-25 47 22 85

ILLINOIS

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Bottorff 4-6 4-4 5 1 12

Cramsey 3-7 1-2 3 3 7

Miller 7-14 1-1 6 2 15

Bland 8-13 7-9 7 0 23

Mayfield 1-3 0-2 7 1 2

Reel 3-12 0-0 4 0 8

Marlow 4-11 1-3 3 0 12

Root 2-6 2-2 5 4 6

Miller 2-7 3-6 7 6 7

Gadeke 3-8 2-2 11 3 9

Team 3

Totals 37-87 21-29 61 20 101

Halftime--Illinois 43, Missouri 38. 3-point field goals--Missouri 9-30 (Doyle 3-8, Minter 2-3, Francis 2-2, Scoggin 1-5, Talton 1-2, Bichsel 0-5, Parrish 0-3, Tonkinson 0-2), Illinois 6-29 (Marlow 3-7, Reel 2-8, Gadeke 1-3, Root 0-4, Miller 0-3, Mayfield 0-2, Bottorff 0-1, Cramsey 0-1). Assists--Missouri 9 (Francis 2), Illinois 17 (Mayfield 7). Steals--Missouri 9 (Francis 4), Illinois 15 (Mayfield 3). Blocked shots--Missouri 4 (Bichsel, Francis, Talton, Speaks), Illinois 4 (Miller 3). Turnovers--Missouri 19, Illinois 16. Technical fouls--Mayfield. Officials--Rick Gengenbacher, Ron Gengenbacher, Wayne McPike.

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