East can’t overcome historic shooting exhibition

PEORIA – The East E-Rabs will play for third place in the IHSA Class 4A state tournament Saturday after being outgunned, 94-82, by Evanston Friday.

Evanston finished third in last year’s 4A tournament and to beat the Wildkits the E-Rabs needed to be firing on all cylinders. Seniors Chris Burnell and Sha’Den Clanton played inspired games with 26 and 20 points. Andres Thompson and Markarious Luster combined for 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

It wasn’t enough, though. Second-team all-state guard Lance Jones had 24 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Jaylin Gibson and Jaheim Holden and Ryan Bost combined to shoot 12-of-21.

But the real difference were the sharpshooters. East’s Sincere Parker, whose 27-point explosion against Geneva powered the E-Rabs to Friday’s game, scored 15 points, but he hit just 1-of-8 three-point attempts.

His counterpart, Blake Peters couldn’t miss. Peters knocked in five three-pointers in the first half to lead Evanston to a 48-29 halftime lead.

East outscored the Wildkits 29-20 in the third quarter and got as close as eight points several times in the final quarter, but Evanston always had an answer.

Peters ended up scoring 27 points, hitting 8-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

“The Peters kid just started going nuts, as a team, they shot the ball pretty well from the 3-point line, and we just dug ourselves too deep of a hole,” East coach Roy Sackmaster said. “That first half was ultimately the difference in the game.”

The E-Rabs will play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Evanston 94, Rockford 82
Evanston Total FG 3-pt FG FT-FTA Pts. Reb. Ast. TO BLK STL F Min.
Jaylin Gibson 4-8 0-1 2-2 10 7 3 2 0 1 4 29
Jaheim Holden 5-9 2-3 3-5 15 0 2 4 0 2 3 19
Lance Jones 7-11 0-1 10-12 24 5 8 5 0 2 3 30
Blake Peters 8-9 7-8 4-5 27 2 0 0 0 0 1 29
Ryan Bost 3-4 2-3 2-3 10 2 2 1 0 3 3 25
Ethan Francis 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Isaiah Holden 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 10
Louis Lesmond 2-5 1-3 3-3 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 17
Team Reb.-TO 2 0
Totals 29-46 12-19 24-30 94 21 16 13 0 9 19 160
Rockford East Total FG 3-pt FG FT-FTA Pts. Reb. Ast. TO BLK STL F Min.
Chris Burnell 9-14 0-1 8-9 26 2 2 4 0 4 4 26
Andres Thompson 4-7 0-2 0-0 8 7 1 0 0 0 2 32
Sincere Parker 6-15 1-8 0-0 13 7 1 4 1 1 4 28
Sha’den Clanton 8-14 1-2 3-6 20 7 2 2 0 0 4 32
Makarious Luster 3-6 2-3 0-0 8 1 0 1 0 0 5 20
Damarian Dickens 1-4 1-3 0-0 3 1 2 1 0 1 5 17
Delvonte’ Leflore 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team Reb.-TO 4 0
Totals 33-63 5-20 11-15 82 31 8 13 0 6 24 160
Score by quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Game Notes E RE
Evanston 25 23 20 26 94 Points off TO 19 20
Rockford East 15 14 29 24 82 Largest lead 19 0

Posted on 03.15.19