Pittsfield Turkey Tournament: No. 1 Payson loses to Alton Marquette

Posted: Nov. 27, 2013 12:20 am Updated: Dec. 18, 2013 1:15 am


PITTSFIELD, ILL. -- The celebration for the Payson Seymour boys basketball team was short-lived.

Hours after the Indians received their first-ever No. 1 state ranking in the boys Class 1A preseason poll, they fell victim to Alton Marquette 43-35 in the Pittsfield Turkey Tournament.

The Indians trailed 12-9 after the first quarter, but held Alton to two points in the second to take a 16-14 halftime lead.

Alton opened the second half by outscoring the Indians 19-8 in the third quarter to take a 33-24 lead heading into the final period.

Cody Hildebrand was limited to 11 points for the Indians.

Lance Buhlig and Hunter Flesner scored eight points apiece for Payson (1-1).

In the evening's first game, Liberty broke open a 39-27 halftime lead with a 26-point third quarter en route to a 78-53 victory over Pleasant Plains.

Michael Blewett scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, including nine in the third quarter.

Reed Wolfmeyer added 13 points for the Eagles and Austen Mast chipped in 11.

Liberty led 20-12 after the first quarter behind a combined 14-point effort from Blewett and Wolfmeyer.

Macomb closed out the night with a 58-39 victory over Western (0-2).

Macomb (2-0) held the Wildcats to five points in the first quarter and 14 in the first half en route to a 35-14 halftime lead.

Izack Hively led Western with 14 points.




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