The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 26, 2014

Prophets hang on for regional win

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — PRINCETON, Ill. — Prophetstown held off a fourth-quarter rally by the host school for a 59-56 victory Tuesday in the first round of the Illinois Class 2A Princeton Regional boys basketball tournament.

The Prophets will face top-seeded Seneca in tonight’s 6 o’clock semifinal.

Four players combined for all of the Prophets’ points, with Ethan Howard (23 points) and Grant Ames (15) leading the way. J.J. Vaccaro scored 18 for Princeton, while Garrett Duffin added 16.

Vaccaro fueled a fourth-quarter comeback as the Tigers tried to erase a 44-35 deficit at the end of three quarters. He scored 12 of his points during the final eight minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Duffin scored nine in the opening period, leading Princeton to a 12-11 lead, and the Tigers increased the edge to 30-25 at the half.

But, Prophetstown came back with a big third quarter. Chris Bauer and Howard scored six points apiece, and Ames added five, as the Prophets outscored Princeton 19-5 to go ahead.

Howard also had nine rebounds and four steals to lead the Prophets.

Comets top Thunder

MORRISON, Ill. — Third-ranked Sterling Newman revved up its offense early and defeated West Carroll 77-62 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 2A Morrison Regional.

Newman (26-2) scored 30 points in the first quarter and held a 49-35 lead at halftime. AJ Sharp led the Comets with 27 points.

The Comets found 6-foot-7 sophomore Noah McCarty often early, as he scored nine of his 11 points in the opening period. Nate Terveer scored all seven of his points in the first eight minutes, and John Payan (12 points) had half his total in the first quarter.

The Thunder (5-23) came out bombing to try to keep up with Newman. Jordan Bracero, Travis Hartman, Brandon Sturtevant and Devon Hartley each had a 3-point basket in the opening frame.

Senior center Trevor Jones led West Carroll with 14 points, scoring eight of them in the second quarter. Bracero, Hartman and Sturtevant each finished with 12.

PROPHETSTOWN 59, PRINCETON 56

PROPHETSTOWN — Grant Ames 4 5-8 15, Ethan Howard 7 8-11 23, Seth Cady 0 0-0 0, Daniel Shirley 2 1-5 5, Chris Bauer 3 3-8 9, Austin Gerlach 1 1-2 3, Josh Sigel 1 2-2 4. Totals 18 20-36 59.

PRINCETON — Garrett Duffin 7 0-0 16, J.J. Vaccaro 7 0-0 18, Brenton Schmidt 2 4-4 8, Zach Andersen 0 0-0 0, Zach Hicks 1 2-2 5, Nate Duffy 2 0-0 5, Tyler Clark 1 2-2 4. Totals 20 8-8 56.

Prophetstown 11 14 19 15 — 59

Princeton 12 18 5 21 — 56

3-point goals — Prophetstown 3 (Ames 2, Howard); Princeton 8 (Vaccaro 4, Duffin 2, Hicks, Duffy). Total fouls — Prophetstown 14, Princeton 22. Fouled out — None.

STERLING NEWMAN 77, WEST CARROLL 62

WEST CARROLL (5-23) — Matthew Dyson 0 0-0 0, Andrew Drabner 0 1-2 1, Nicholas Telewitz 0 0-0 0, Jordan Bracero 5 0-0 12, Travis Hartman 4 0-0 12, Brandon Sturtevant 5 0-2 12, Trevor Jones 7 0-2 14, Brandon Bumphrey 0 0-0 0, Devon Hartley 2 0-0 5, Evan Gengenbach 2 0-0 4, Caleb Brashaw 1 0-0 2, Bryan Allen 0 0-0 0, Tom Watson 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 1-6 62.

NEWMAN (26-2) — Nate Terveer 3 1-2 7, AJ Sharp 10 2-2 27, Micah Trancoso 2 3-5 8, Dillan Heffelfinger 0 0-0 0, Trevor Bolin 0 0-0 0, Mengyang Zheng 0 0-0 0, Shayne Allen 0 0-0 0, Noah McCarty 4 3-3 11, John Payan 4 2-2 12, Nolan McGinn 5 0-1 10, Lars Roleder 0 0-0 0, Tyler Danilson 0 0-0 0, Jacob Barnes 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 11-15 77.

West Carroll 18 17 12 15 — 62

Newman 30 19 9 19 — 77

3-point goals — West Carroll 9 (Hartman 4, Bracero 2, Sturtevant 2, Hartley); Newman 8 (Sharp 5, Payan 2, Trancoso). Total fouls – West Carroll 18, Newman 11. Fouled out — Hartley, McCarty.