By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Liberty High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas admits it wasn't pretty, but he got his wish.
The Eagles dispatched Illini West 48-29 Friday night in the Pittssfield Turkey Tournament at Voshall Gymnasium to advance to the championship game.
"It was kind of a sloppy game," Douglas said. "But I think having a day off does that."
Liberty (3-0) will play Alton Marquette (2-1) in the championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
"It will be a good game," Douglas said of the championship game. "They are an athletic team that can push the ball. (Deion) Lavender is one of the better players in the tournament and it will be tough guarding him. "We are looking forward to it. I know (the Eagles) will be ready to go."
The Eagles held Illini West (1-2) to four points in the first quarter and led 9-4 after the period.
They outscored the Chargers 18-6 in the second quarter to take a 27-10 halftime lead.
"Illini West defensively pressured a lot," Douglas said. "They did a good job of mixing our guys up."
Cole Wellman and Michael Blewett scored 13 points apiece to lead Liberty.
Connor Wolf added eight points.
Braden Bennett led Illini West with eight points.
Pittsfield 59, Pleasant Plains 51: Leading by two, 52-50, after the third quarter, a fourth-quarter outburst from Wayde Smith sparked the Saukees' to a victory.
Smith scored 14 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter for Pittsfield (2-1).
Pittsfield led 23-16 at halftime.
Eli Petty added 12 points for the Saukees (2-1).
Payson Seymour 42, Macomb 41: A defensive stop as the buzzer sounded ensured the Indians a victory and a spot in the third-place game.
The Indians were ahead by one and turned the ball over with eight seconds left, giving Macomb a chance to win the game.
Payson's defense stepped up, forcing the ball out of bounds off with .2 seconds remaining. Payson deflected the inbounds pass as the buzzer went off to secure the win.
"It was a very good game, very physical," Payson coach Brian Rea said. "Both teams played extremely hard."
The Indians' defense set the tone early, holding Macomb to one point in the first quarter to take an 11-1 lead.
Macomb returned the favor in the third quarter, limiting Payson to six points while scoring 15 of its own.
Cody Hildebrand led Payson (2-1) with 21 points.
Blake Lowderman scored a game-high 26 points for Macomb (2-1).
Alton Marquette 56, Western 25: The Wildcats were limited to seven points in the first half and trailed 37-7 at halftime en route to the loss.
Izack Hively led Western (0-3) with 12 points.
Deion Lavender scored 36 points for Alton.