The Area Boys were up for the challenge in the Rising Stars Classic Saturday night at Rock Valley College. They knocked off the large school NIC-10 Stars 113-107.
The NIC-10 stars led by a trio of East E-Rabs from East’s State Final Four team started strong and led at halftime 53-45, but the Area Stars came out on fired in the second half scoring 68 points to the NIC-10′s 54.
Rochelle’s 6’8 center Johnny Beck led all scorers with 21 points. He also had 10 rebounds. Rock Falls senior Cade Nailor was next with 16 points. Matt Mandzen of Stillman Valley scored 13, Connor Harn of Byron had 12 points and T.C. Williams of Winnebago and Anthony Eddy of Byron each scored 11 points.
The NIC-10 was led by an 18 point effort from East’s Sha’Den Clanton and 17 points from East’s Chris Burnell. Treye Tucker of Harlem added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
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