ERIE, Ill. — Josh Hammer poured in 18 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Erie past Forreston 53-49 in non-conference boys basketball Saturday night.
Forreston limited Hammer to two points in the first half, when it built a 17-10 lead. But Hammer heated up after that. He scored six points in the third quarter to help the Cardinals pull even at 29.
He then scored nine of Erie's 12 fourth-quarter points and nine of 12 in overtime to pull out the win. He made all 13 of his free-throw attempts after intermission, including a 7-of-7 performance in overtime, and was 15-for-17 for the game.
Dillin Tegeler scored the other three points in the overtime session and finished with eight points, while Kyle Stover and Justice Youngberg added six apiece.
Brandon Schneiderman led Forreston with 19 points.
Thunder eke out victory
GALENA, Ill. — West Carroll pulled out a 48-46 victory at Galena on Saturday in the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference.
Dawson Wurster led the Thunder with 12 points, and Jacob Dunk added 11.
Kaleb Plattenberger kept the Thunder in the game early with seven points in the first quarter, which ended with West Carroll trailing 15-11. The Thunder pulled even by halftime, 24-24, with Wurster scoring five points in the second quarter and Dunk and Ryan Gengenbach adding four each.
Dunk added five more in the third quarter as West Carroll took the lead 37-33. Aaron Haring made a pair of 3-point baskets in the second half and added eight points, and Gengenbach finished with six.
Tyler Eilts led the Pirates with 13 points, and Conner Einsweiler added 10.
Comets dump River Hawks
MILES — Cade Daugherty dropped in 20 points Saturday and Paxton Felderman and Conner Michels added 10 each in Bellevue's 70-35 non-conference win at Easton Valley.
The Comets (6-10) led 10-6 after one quarter and then outscored the River Hawks 21-12 in the second. Trey Daugherty scored all eight of his points in the first half while Felderman and Michels tossed in seven each to help establish the lead.
Logan Miller was Easton Valley's scoring leader with 18 points, including 11 in the first half. The River Hawks dropped to 11-4.
Bellevue beats Easton Valley
MILES — Camryn Reeg scored 17 points and led three Bellevue players into double digits in a 72-56 non-conference girls win Saturday at Easton Valley.
Reeg made four 3-pointers in the first half to help the Comets (12-5) build a 43-19 lead. They led 27-10 after one quarter.
Lindsey Banowetz scored nine of her 11 points before intermission, while Emma Kelchen scored nine of her 14 in the first half for the Comets.
Sadie Zaruba and RaeAnn Carlson each scored 15 points to lead Easton Valley (8-9). Kennedy Thines added 10.