Prep Boys Basketball

Prep boys basketball roundup: Kunzeman leads Tornadoes to victory

Posted: Jan. 16, 2020 12:30 am

WINCHESTER, Il. -- Tate Kuzeman's 35 points helped the Griggsville-Perry boys basketball team knock Greenfield Northwestern out of the Winchester Tournament with a 48-42 victory on Wednesday night.

Kunzeman started the first quarter with seven points as the Tornadoes trailed 13-12. Kuzeman got it going in the second quarter with 15 of his team's 18 points, and Griggsville-Perry rolled into halftime with a 30-23 lead.

The Tigers came back in the third quarter and a pulled within one at 35-34, but the Tornadoes outscored Greenfield Northwestern 13-8 in the fourth quarter with nine points coming from Kunzeman.

Brady Pembrook led the Tigers 13 points.


Indians win at the buzzer

The Payson Seymour boys basketball team led 28-17 at the halftime in their quarterfinal game against Western in the Winchester Tournament on Wednesday night, and after the third quarter the Indians held a 36-27 lead. The Wildcats whittled that lead down to nothing in the fourth quarter and took a one-point lead at 37-36 with 30 seconds remaining.

The Indians hadn't scored the entire fourth quarter, but Lucas Loos capitalized on an opportunity at the buzzer and hit a shot to keep Payson undefeated and send them to the semifinals to face PORTA on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Cole Schwartz led Payson with 16 points while Hayden Hildebrand had eight. Preston Wellman finished with 17 for Western, including 10 of the Wildcats' 20 second-half points.


PORTA clips Liberty in second half

The Liberty boys basketball team fell to PORTA 70-53 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Winchester Tournament.

Up five points at the half, the Bluejays distanced themselves in the second half with 40 points to Liberty's 28.

Brayden Pettit led PORTA with 16 points and Jordan Neisen finished with 13 points for Liberty.


Hammel leads West Hancock

West Hancock defeated the Illini West boys basketball team 53-34 Wednesday night in the Hancock County Tournament at Southeastern.

Drake Hammel scored 31 points for West Hancock, scoring 11 in the third quarter to help the Titans build a 14-point lead heading to the fourth.

Lincoln Gooding finished with 12 points for the Chargers.


Suns struggle in opening quarter

The Southeastern boys basketball team struggled out of the gates on the way to a 53-42 loss to Keokuk in the Hancock County Tournament on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs led the Suns 22-6 at the end of the first quarter with 14 points coming from Anthony Potratz.

Potratz finished with 21 points and Luke Davis added 17.

Danny Stephens led Southeastern with 16 points, the only Southeastern player in double figures.