AURORA – Plainfield East head coach Mike Fowler was a starter on the 2000 West Aurora state boys basketball championship squad.
Fowler brought his Bengals into his old stomping grounds on Saturday night and came up just short of pulling off a substantial upset in a 59-55 loss to the Blackhawks. Christian Shumate led the Bengals (14-10) with 15 points, while Yamani Shareef added 11 points and Noah Woulard chipped in 10.
Holy Cross 77, St. Francis 76 (OT): The Saints dropped their sixth consecutive game in heartbreaking fashion. St. Francis (15-13) managed to rally from a 15-point deficit but could only manage two points in the overtime frame. Terrion Howard led St. Francis with 21 points while Cole Micek added 20.
St. Francis 64, Holy Cross 59: The Saints rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to keep a share of the CCAC lead. The Saints outscored Holy Cross 44-23 in the second half but didn't acquire their first lead until 3:06 remained in the contest. Kaitlyn Aylward poured in 30 points to lead the Saints (20-7).
Lewis picks up sweep of Quincy: The Flyers picked up their second consecutive victory with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-14 victory over host Quincy. Ryan Coenen had nine kills, T.J. Murray added eight and Tyler Mitchem provided seven to a balanced hitting attack for Lewis (9-4).
St. Francis drops a pair to Lyon College: The Saints dropped to 0-3 on the young season with a pair of losses in Arkansas. The opener saw the Saints drop a 9-3 decision. Dustin Nicholson, Shawn Harper and Anthony Faron each had two hits for the Saints, but eight unearned runs led to the loss. St. Francis could only muster three hits in the second game in a 10-1 loss. The Saints lone run came on a bases-loaded walk coaxed by Harper.
St. Francis falls to Wright State: Ian Millan Vetohkin teamed up with Avilash Mishra to collect a 6-3 win in doubles and Vetohkin later earned a 6-3, 6-2 win in No. 1 singles play as the Saints suffered a 7-2 loss to Wright State.