By THE HERALD-WHIG
MACOMB, Ill. -- The Pittsfield boys basketball team used solid free-throw shooting down the stretch to post a 56-52 double-overtime victory over Illini Bluffs on Thursday night in the consolation bracket of the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament.
"We made free throws down the stretch, and in the second overtime to hold on to the lead," Pittsfield coach Brad Tomhave said. "When it got tight, we executed some late-game situations fairly well."
Kennedy Kattelman scored the Saukees' first points in the second overtime on a layup with 2 minutes, 52 seconds left.
Pittsfield's remaining points came at the free-throw line -- two each by Kattelman and Ethan Borrowman and one by Wayde Smith.
Borrowman and Kattelman also had two free throws in the first overtime, including two by Borrowman with five seconds left that tied the game at 49 and forced the second extra period.
"Defensively, we stayed pretty solid," Tomhave said. "We got defensive stops and took care of the ball for the most part, which put us in a position to score.
"We made Illini Bluffs take tough, contested shots."
Kattelman and Borrowman scored 17 points apiece for Pittsfield (7-5). Kattelman and Ty Rylander also snagged five rebounds each.
Illini Bluffs' Jake Blackhurst hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Blackhurst finished with 14 points for Illini Bluffs (6-7).
Central 58, Farmington 39: The Panthers shot 52 percent from the field (24 of 46) and built an 18-11 lead after the first quarter en route to the win.
Central (5-9) limited Farmington to five points in the third quarter and led 40-33 heading into the final period.
Austin Kramberg led Central with 15 points, and Marcus Landes added 14.
Eureka 63, Illini West 40: Eureka built a 13-point lead in the first quarter, led by 12 at halftime and Illini West never recovered.
Illini West fell to 3-4 while Eureka improved to 9-2.
Eureka scored 26 points off of turnovers and 12 on fast breaks.
Brody Gronewold led the Chargers with 23 points. Brayden Carroll grabbed seven steals.
Abingdon 66, Brown County 54: Michael Scoggan's 20-point effort wasn't enough to help the Hornets (2-7) get the win.
Brown County only trailed 14-12 after the first quarter, but Abingdon outscored the Hornets 22-11 in the second quarter to take a 36-23 lead. The Hornets were held to nine points in the third quarter, but put together a 22-point surge in the fourth quarter that came up short.
Brady Long added 13 points for Brown County, including nine in the fourth quarter,
Zach Gilsan led Abingdon (4-7) with 19 points.