Falcons advance at Regional with win over Galatia
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
February 18, 2019
(Sesser, Ill.) - Elverado moved on to the semifinals of the IHSA Class A Regional in Sesser on Monday night, pounding Galatia 61-41 with four Falcons finishing in double figures. It was the first time since 1992 that Elverado (23-9) won a boys basketball regional tournament game.
“They knew we had shooters, you could hear them yelling ‘shooter, shooter,’ from the bench,” said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. “I think they really tried to take that away. Isaac Floyd and Sam Alstat did a great job down there, both rebounding and scoring tonight. Our scoring was pretty balanced.”
It was obvious that Galatia’s game plan was to try and take away Aquntez Penn, the Falcons’ all-time leading scorer. Penn still managed 13 points, and his supporting cast was up to the task of picking up the slack offensively.
“We’ve seen the box and one several times on both (Penn) and Dawson White, and we’ve learned some different ways to set some screens and get them open,” Emling said. “The other guys really stepped up with the scoring tonight.”
Elverado started the game with a 9-0 run and never trailed. Threes by Penn and White, and a stick-back by Floyd to end the period helped the Falcons to a 16-7 lead after one.
Galatia crept to within three midway through the second, but Elverado answered with another 9-0 run before taking a 29-19 lead into the break.
The lead was just five after a Galatia three-point play with 5:50 to go in the third, but once again the Falcons fired back. Elverado would score 19 points in the period, and a buzzer-beating three by Tanner Shread sent the game to the final eight minutes with EHS on top 48-31. Galatia never got it under 15 the rest of the way.
Penn, Floyd and Alstat all finished with 13 points apiece, White added 10, Trey Bernardini 6, and Shread and Chase Buser each had 3.
EHS, seeded fifth in their sub-sectional, will meet fourth-seeded Steeleville on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Regional semifinals.
“We know they’re going to be athletic,” Emling said. “They play a tough schedule. We’ll be watching a lot of film tonight and tomorrow.”
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