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HS GBBall: Clinton Recovers From Slow Start, Rolls Shelbyville

Shelbyville jumped out quickly on Clinton but the Lady Maroons recovered and rolled to a 53-41 Central Illinois Conference high school girl's basketball win Thursday night from Shelbyville.


The Lady Maroons fell behind 14-6 after the first quarter but dominated the rest chipping away to get withing 23-20 at the break and then blew things open with a 20-7 third quarter to go up 40-30 after three.


It was another balanced scoring night for the Lady Maroons as well. Clara Dempsey scored a game-high 19 points. Regan Filkin added 12 points. MaKayla Koeppel added nine while Avery Smith scored eight.


The Maroons go to 2-0 in league play and 5-4 overall in winning its fourth straight.


It will be a doubleheader Saturday with the boy's basketball team as they play host to Heyworth. Hear the girl's action starting at 5 pm on WHOW and its many digital platforms.

HS GBBall: Mt. Zion Topples Monticello

Mt. Zion rolled past Monticello 48-20 in non-conference high school girl's basketball action Thursday night from Mt. Zion.


Megan Allen led Monticello with 12 points. She was 6-for-6 at the foul line. Maia High added eight.


Monticello is 4-4 overall and will host IVC Saturday at the Sievrs Center at 11:15 am.

HS BBall: Maroa-Forsyth Trounces Warrensburg-Latham

Marao-Forsyth used balanced scoring to roll past Warrensburg-Latham 47-21 from the Macon County Tournament Thursday night at Warrensburg-Latham High School.


Kaiden Maurer led the way with a game-high 19 points. Zayn Giles was the only other scorer in double-figures with ten but Brayton Mitchell scored seven points and Mitch Williams added five.


The Trojans move to 2-3 overall and resume tournament action tonight before a road contest at Monticello on Saturday.

HS GBBall: Toledo-Cumberland Smashes Blue Ridge

Toledo-Cumberland blasted Blue Ridge 52-12 in Illini Prairie Conference girl's basketball action Thursday night from Blue Ridge High School. 


Phoebe Reynolds paced the Blue Ridge attack with seven points. Leah Gray scored 17 points for the Lady Pirates.


Blue Ridge drops to 1-6 overall. They travel to Fisher tonight.

Monticello Announces Holiday Hoopla Schedule

The Monticello High School athletic department has announced its schedule for the annual Holiday Hoopla basketball tournament starting Monday, December 26 through Wednesday, Dec. 28. 


On the boy's side of the round-robin action, pool 'Purple' features Monticello, Clinton, Ridgeview, and Fithian Oakwood. This pool will play two games starting Monday with one game on Tuesday and then the placement games on Wednesday.


Pool 'Gold' will feature GCMS, Neoga, PBL, and Tuscola. They will play a single game on Monday, two games on Tuesday, and then the placement games on Wednesday.


On the girl's side, Pool 'Purple' will feature Monticello, Clinton, Ridgeview, and Stark County. This pool will play two games on Monday, and Tuesday, and the placement game on Wednesday.


Pool 'Gold' will feature GCMS, Neoga, PBL, and Tuscola. This pool plays a single game Monday, two games on Tuesday, and the placement game on Wednesday.


Action starts each day at 10 am. The girls play in Miller Gym while the boys play in the new Sievers Center. 


Hear all Monticello boy's games on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

Jets Blast Blues

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice and had an assist, Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thursday night.


Kyle Connor, Blake Wheeler and Cole Perfetti also scored and Mark Scheifele added a pair of assists. The Jets have won three straight and seven of eight. They are 7-0-1 in their last eight games against St. Louis.


Robert Thomas and Josh Leivo scored for the Blues, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Thomas Greiss, playing in back-to-back games for the first time this season, made 15 saves.


Thomas got the Blues on the board with 1:24 left in the second, extending his points streak to five games.


Leivo scored midway through the third for the Blues, and Perfetti iced the game for the Jets with an empty-net goal.


The Blues host Colorado on Sunday.

Illinois State Edges Eastern Michigan

Colton Sandage scored 28 points as Illinois State beat Eastern Michigan 87-81 on Wednesday night.


Sandage shot 6 for 9 (3 for 6 from 3-point range) and 13 of 14 from the free throw line for the Redbirds (4-6). Kendall Lewis scored 22 points while shooting 8 of 13 from the field and 5 for 7 from the line, and added 10 rebounds and three steals. Seneca Knight shot 5 for 9 (0 for 4 from 3-point range) and 3 of 5 from the free throw line to finish with 13 points, while adding nine rebounds and five assists.


Tyson Acuff finished with 14 points and four assists for the Eagles (2-8). Legend Geeter added 13 points for Eastern Michigan. Orlando Lovejoy also had 11 points and three steals.


Sandage scored 14 points in the first half for Illinois State, who led 41-35 at the break. Lewis led Illinois State with 14 points in the second half.


The Redbirds host Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon. 

Bulls Get By Wizards

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 115-111 on Wednesday night.


The Wizards lost their fourth in a row and played without leading scorer and three-time All-Star Bradley Beal. He strained his hamstring Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and will be re-evaluated next week.


Zach LaVine added 25 points as Chicago bounced back after a 2-4 road trip.


Vucevic's basket gave the Bulls a 106-105 lead with 2:50 left, and he then blocked a shot that led to a jumper by DeRozan. After Kristaps Porzingis missed a 3-pointer, DeRozan had a three-point play to put Chicago ahead 111-105 with 1:43 left.


DeRozan was held to six points in the first half.


Porzingis scored 28 points with nine rebounds and Kyle Kuzma added 21 points for Washington.


Corey Kispert started in Beal's place and scored 10 points.


Bulls G Javonte Green missed his second game with a knee contusion. Alex Caruso started after being listed as questionable with an ankle sprain.


The Bulls host Dallas on Saturday night.

Cardinals Sign C Contreras

Willson Contreras is going to St. Louis to replace Yadier Molina at catcher, agreeing to an $87.5 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday.


The addition of Contreras fills a major void for St. Louis, which won the NL Central this season with a 93-69 record. Molina retired after spending his entire 19-year career with the Cardinals, making 10 All-Star teams and winning nine Gold Gloves.


Contreras was one of the Chicago Cubs’ last holdovers from their 2016 World Series championship. He made his big league debut that year and helped the franchise to its first title since 1908.


The fiery, strong-armed catcher hit .243 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs in 113 games in his last season with his first major league team. He was on the market this summer — leading to an emotional day at Wrigley Field for what looked like his final home game with Chicago — but he remained with the team after the trade deadline.


The 30-year-old Contreras received a $19.65 million qualifying offer from Chicago, but he turned down the proposal.


Contreras was the best option in a thin market for free agent catchers that also included Christian Vázquez and Gary Sánchez.


Contreras also has played first base, third base and the corner outfield spots in the majors. The three-time All-Star made 39 starts at designated hitter this year.


The Venezuela native is a .256 hitter with 117 homers and 365 RBIs in 734 career games over seven seasons. He hit a career-best 24 homers in 2019 and drove in a career-high 74 runs in 2017.

Cubs Sign RHP Taillon to 4-Year Contract

The Chicago Cubs have added Jameson Taillon to their rotation, agreeing to a four-year contract with the right-hander that is worth roughly $68 million.


The 31-year-old Taillon is coming off a solid season with the New York Yankees, going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA. He matched his career high with 32 starts and worked 177 1/3 innings, his best total since he logged 191 innings in 2018.


The move puts Taillon back in the NL Central after he began his career with Pittsburgh. Taillon made his major league debut in 2016 and went 29-24 with a 3.67 ERA in 82 starts in his first four seasons with the Pirates.


Taillon missed the 2020 season after he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for a second time. He was traded to the Yankees in January 2021 for four prospects.


Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, moves into a rotation that also includes Marcus Stroman, who finalized a $71 million, three-year contract last December. Kyle Hendricks is hoping to return to form after he missed the last part of the season with shoulder trouble.


Chicago went 74-88 this year and finished third in the NL Central. But it went 40-31 in its last 71 games. The rotation had a 2.89 ERA after the All-Star break, third in the majors behind the Astros (2.70) and Dodgers (2.73).


The Cubs also got Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, agreeing to a $17.5 million, one-year contract with the 2019 NL MVP. Bellinger figures to play center field, but he also could get some work at first base.


The team could add another starting pitcher, and it is monitoring the shortstop market.

Cubs Radio Voices Hughes Wins Frick Award

Pat Hughes, the longtime radio voice of the Chicago Cubs, won the Hall of Fame’s 2023 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting on Wednesday.


The 67-year-old Hughes is the third Cubs broadcaster to receive the award, joining Jack Brickhouse in 1983 and Harry Caray in 1989. He has been the team’s radio announcer for 27 seasons after spending 1983 with Minnesota and 1984-95 with Milwaukee.


Hughes has called Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game in 1998, eight Cubs no-hitters and nine postseason appearances. He was at the mic in 2016 when Chicago won its first pennant since 1945 and captured its first World Series championship since 1908.


Hughes will be honored July 22 as part of the Hall of Fame induction weekend. He was one of 10 finalists for the award along with Boston’s Joe Castiglione, the Mets’ Gary Cohen and former major leaguers Dave Campbell, Steve Stone, Duane Kuiper and Ernie Johnson Sr. Longtime Montreal Expos announcer Jacques Doucet, Cleveland’s Tom Hamilton and former Toronto Blue Jays voice Jerry Howarth also were finalists.

Williamsville Stymies Monticello

A slow second quarter allowed Williamsville to take the game over and get by Monticello 50-38 in non-conference high school boy's basketball action from Williamsville Tuesday night.


The Sages offense has struggled more than it'd like in the early season. The Sages were held to just one field goal in the second quarter Tuesday night, outscored 13-2. 


That negated an excellent start where Monticello led the Bullets 14-10 through the first period. 


Monticello was shut out in the final frame of its season-opening loss to Pleasant Plains and scored just two points in the opening quarter of its next game against Riverton. The Sages were able to overcome that slow start to beat the Hawks.


Starting the second quarter, the Bullets kicked the defensive intensity into another gear as the Sages not only struggled to take shots, but make passes. 


Monticello turned the ball over 19 times in total and shot just 32 percent from the floor. 


Drew Sheppard led the way for Monticello with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. He earned his second consecutive Serv Pro of Piatt/DeWitt County Player of the Game honor. 


Trey Welter made four three points in the first quarter to finish with 12 points. 


Blake Shoufler led Williamsville with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds. 6-foot-9 senior Jacob Finley had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bullets. Colven Fleck had nine points and grabbed eight rebounds. 


The Bullets move to 3-0.


Monticello falls to 2-2. They will travel to Mt. Zion Friday night for a non-conference road tilt. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Balanced Scoring Leads Maroa-Forsyth Over Meridan in Macon County Tournament Opener

Four players scored in double figures as Maroa-Forsyth opened the Macon County tournament with at 61-50 victory over Meridian from Warrensburg-Latham High School Tuesday night in high school boy's basketball action.


Mitch Williams led the attack with 16 points. Breyton Mitchell added 11 points while Kaiden Maurer and Grant Smith added 10 points apiece. 


Zayn Giles scored eight for the Trojans.


Britt Brown scored 16 points for the Hawks and Ray Rahlston scored 11.


The Trojans resume tourney action Thursday night.

Big Second Quarter Sends Blue Ridge Past Urbana Uni

The Blue Ridge Knights rebounded from a slow start to get by Urbana University High School 70-67 in non-conference high school boys' basketball action from Blue Ridge High School Tuesday night.


The Knights trailed after the first quarter 16-8 but rallied to outscore Urbana 23-13 and open a 31-29 lead at the intermission.


The game remained close the entire way but the Knights were able to hold on led by Colin Michales 21 points.


Zach Lewis added 19 for Blue Ridge.


With the win, the Knights go to 2-4 overall. They travel to Fisher Friday night for a non-conference road game.

No. 16 Illinois Rallies Late to Stun No. 2 Texas

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 12 of his 16 points in overtime, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 17 Illinois rallied to hand second-ranked Texas its first loss of the season, 85-78 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.


Jayden Epps added 11 points, including the final five points of regulation — a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left and two tying free throws with 8 seconds remaining. Epps then blocked Marcus Carr’s jumper in the lane just before the buzzer to force overtime in an entertaining showdown at Madison Square Garden.


Matthew Mayer, who faced Texas several times at Baylor, tied a career high with 21 points as he made his first seven shots and finished 8 of 10.


Shannon, who missed eight of nine shots in regulation, took over in the extra period to help Illinois (7-2) beat a ranked foe for the second time this season. He opened overtime with a jumper after Carr was called for traveling and then hit an open 3 from the right wing over Brock Cunningham for a 73-70 lead.


Shannon converted a reverse layup and finished a three-point play to make it 77-70 with 2:16 left. Carr hit two free throws to get Texas within one with 1:28 remaining.


Jayden Epps made a layup, RJ Melendez sank two free throws to put Illinois ahead by five, and Shannon made two free throws with 27.7 seconds left.


Timmy Allen scored a season-high 21 points for Texas (6-1), which failed to open 7-0 for the first time since 2014-15. Tyrese Hunter added 10 points but Carr was held to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting as Texas had 12 shots blocked and shot 42%.


Illinois hosts Penn State in its second Big Ten game on Saturday.

Bradley Rallies Past Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

Rienk Mast scored 12 points as Bradley beat SIU-Edwardsville 56-54 on Tuesday night.


Shamar Wright's layup pulled the Cougars to 55-54 with seven seconds left. Connor Hickman made a free throw with a second left to seal it.


Mast also added eight rebounds for the Braves (7-3). Hickman added 12 points while shooting 4 for 11 (2 for 4 from 3-point range) and 2 of 4 from the free throw line, and they also had five rebounds. Darius Hannah finished 6 of 8 from the floor to finish with 12 points.


The Cougars (7-3) were led by Wright, who posted 11 points and three steals. Jalen Hodge added 11 points for SIU-Edwardsville. In addition, Lamar Wright had nine points and two blocks. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Cougars.


Hannah scored six points in the first half and Bradley went into the break trailing 33-25. Mast led Bradley with seven points in the second half as his team outscored SIU-Edwardsville by 10 points over the final half.


Bradley visits No. 9 Arkansas Saturday afternoon.

Cubs Sign OF Bellinger to One-Year Contract

Former National League MVP Cody Bellinger and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $17.5 million, one-year contract.


Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP, was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Nov. 18 after the 27-year-old outfielder hit .210 with 19 homers, 150 strikeouts and a .654 OPS in 144 games.


Bellinger figures to play center for the Cubs. He had a $17 million contract this season and likely would have received a slight raise in arbitration.


Bellinger was limited to 95 games during the 2021 regular season when he was on the injured list three times and batted .165. He hit .353 in 12 games in that postseason and had the go-ahead RBI single in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the rival San Francisco Giants. Bellinger also had a tying, three-run homer against Atlanta in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series.


In 2020, Bellinger hit .239 with 12 home runs in 56 games during the pandemic-shortened season. He homered three times in the NLCS, and the Dodgers beat the Braves to reach the World Series. They went on to defeat Tampa Bay in six games to win the franchise’s first title since 1988.


Bellinger has battled injuries since his MVP season, including having surgery on his right shoulder in November 2020.


Before his precipitous drop-off, Bellinger was the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and 2018 NLCS MVP. He made two All-Star teams, and won a Gold Glove in 2019.

HS GBB: Clinton Rolls Peoria Heights

Three Clinton Lady Maroons scored in double figures as Clinton rolled past Peoria Heights 58-36 in non-conference high school girl's basketball action Monday night from Clinton High School.


Clara Dempsey paced Clinton with 15 points. Avery Smith and Regan Filkin each had 11 points. MaKayla Koeppel added nine points.


The Lady Maroons turned an 8-7 first quarter lead into a 24-15 lead at the break and stretched it to 42-21 after three quarters.


Tania Cox had a game-high 18 points for the Lady Patriots.


Peoria Heights drops to 3-5 overall.


The victory Monday was the third straight for Clinton who moves to 4-4 overall. The Lady Maroons travel to Shelbyville Thursday night for a Central Illinois Conference showdown.

Rangers Rally Past Blues

K'Andre Miller, Alexis Lafreniere and Chris Kreider scored in the third period as the New York Rangers rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Monday night.


Vincent Trochek had a goal and an assist, and Braden Schneider and Adam Fox also scored for the Rangers, who won for the second time in seven games (2-4-1) and snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1) at home. Artemi Panarin had two assists, Lafreniere added one, and Igor Shesterkin made 25 saves.


Jordan Kyrou had a goal and an assist, and Pavel Buchnevich, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O'Reilly also scored for the Blues, who have lost six of seven since a seven-game winning streak. Jordan Binnington had 18 saves.


St. Louis led 4-3 entering the third period before Miller tied it with his first goal of the season at 4:48.


Lafreniere's go-ahead goal came at 8:16 as he tipped a long shot by Zibanejad past Binnington for his fourth.


After Trocheck took a hooking penalty with 6:21 remaining, Kreider scored on a short-handed breakaway 25 seconds later. Kreider's 13th goal of the season sparked a loud celebration of relief from the crowd at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers had squandered leads in three of the four defeats.


The Blues had won all seven games this season when leading after two periods.


The Rangers opened the scoring when Schneider fired a puck past Binnington with 2:46 left in the first period. It was his third.


The Blues tied it 50 seconds later as former Ranger Buchnevich fired a shot that bounced off Fox's skate and in for his ninth. It was the second game back at the Garden for Buchnevich who was traded to St. Louis in July 2021 after parts of five seasons with the Rangers.


Buchnevich has 14 points in his last 10 games (eight goals and six assists) while the player the Rangers got in exchange - Sammy Blais - has yet to score a goal in 38 games for New York.


The Rangers went ahead 2-1 with 28 seconds remaining in the first on a power-play goal by Fox, his seventh of the season.


Tarasenko then tied it again for the Blues just 12 seconds into the second. It was his seventh.


Trocheck then put the Rangers ahead 3-2 at 1:07 with his ninth goal.


Kyrou scored on a power play to tie it at 11:04 with his team-best 10th, and O'Reilly gave St. Louis its first lead of the night with his eighth 91 seconds later. Kyrou had an assist on O'Reilly's goal, giving him 18 points in his last 15 games.


The Blues are at the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Illinois to ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa

The Illinois football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa, Florida, it was announced Sunday. Illinois will play Mississippi State at Raymond James Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2.  


The Illini qualified for the 20th bowl game in Illinois history and the program's top bowl game since the 2007 team played in the 2008 Rose Bowl Game. It will be a homecoming for 18 Illini that hail from Florida, including seven starters on Illinois' nationally ranked defense.


Illinois has had one of its most successful seasons in decades, going 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten behind the nation's second-leading rusher, Chase Brown, and one of the top five defenses in the country. The Illini were ranked in the AP Top 25 for five straight weeks and Illinois was ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time in school history. 


Illinois ranked in the top 10 in the nation in 17 major defensive categories during the regular season, including leading the nation in interceptions (22), ranking second in scoring defense (12.3), and third in total defense (263.8). A pair of Illini are national awards finalists for the first time since 1995: RB Chase Brown (Doak Walker Award) and CB Devon Witherspoon (Paycom Jim Thorpe Award).


Illinois will make its second ever appearance in the ReliaQuest Bowl, which was formerly known as the Hall of Fame Bowl (1986–1995) and Outback Bowl (1996–2022). The Illini fell to Clemson in the 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl to finish the 1990 season.

Packers Pull Away From Bears

Aaron Rodgers led three fourth-quarter scoring drives, receiver Christian Watson took an end-around 46 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes after Jaire Alexander intercepted Justin Fields, and Green Bay rallied to beat Chicago 28-19 on Sunday.


The Packers (5-8) looked like they were on their way to another loss after dropping seven of eight. They trailed by 13 in the second quarter and were down 19-10 through three before before outscoring Chicago 18-0 in the fourth on the way to their eighth straight win over their rival. The Bears (3-10) lost their sixth game in a row.


AJ Dillon ran for a 21-yard touchdown in the opening minute of the fourth. Mason Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal to give Green Bay a 20-19 lead with just under five minutes left after Chicago's Cairo Santos had a 40-yard attempt blocked.


The Bears drove to the Packers 43 before Alexander stepped in front of a pass intended for Equanimeous St. Brown. Three plays later, Watson sprinted untouched to the end zone, leaping across the goal line with his arms spread. The Packers opted to go for 2, and Rodgers completed a pass to Mercedes Lewis, making it 28-19 with 1:51 remaining.


Fields was then intercepted at the Green Bay 5 by Keisean Nixon.


The Bears were left frustrated and vowing to do better after failing to convert late in a game yet again. Chicago has six losses by one score, and this was almost the seventh.


Rodgers, who exited last week's loss to Philadelphia with a rib injury and has been dealing with a broken right thumb since early October, improved to 25-5 against Chicago including the playoffs. The four-time MVP completed 18 of 31 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown.


Watson had 48 yards receiving and a touchdown reception - the rookie's seventh in the past four games - to go with that huge run. Dillon ran for 93 yards, and the Packers moved ahead of Chicago for the NFL lead in regular-season wins with 787.


Fields, who missed last Sunday's game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, ran for a 55-yard touchdown in the first quarter and finished with 71 yards on six attempts. That gave him six straight games rushing for at least 50 yards and one TD, the longest such streak by a Bear since Gale Sayers had six in a row in 1969.


Fields also threw a 56-yard pass to St. Brown that set up a 7-yard TD run by David Montgomery that made it 16-3 in the second quarter. Fields were

20 of 25 for 254 yards but threw two interceptions.


St. Brown caught three passes for 85 yards, and Cole Kmet added 72 yards receiving.


The Bears and Packers are on bye next week.

Big Second Half Sends Illinois State Past Belmont

Liam McChesney scored 25 points as Illinois State beat Belmont 87-77 on Sunday.


McChesney had eight rebounds for the Redbirds (3-6). Seneca Knight scored 17 points and added five rebounds. Luke Kasubke shot 4 for 8 (4 for 7 from 3-point range) and 1 of 4 from the free throw line to finish with 13 points. The Redbirds ended a five-game skid with the win.


Ben Sheppard led the way for the Bruins (5-4) with 23 points and two steals. Belmont also got 13 points and three steals from Ja'Kobi Gillespie. In addition, Drew Friberg had 10 points.


The Redbirds host Eastern Michigan Wednesday night.

Kings Down Bulls

Malik Monk scored 20 points off the bench and the Sacramento Kings overcame Zach LaVine's 41 points to beat the Chicago Bulls 110-101 on Sunday.


Domantas Sabonis had 11 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for the Kings. Sabonis recorded the first Kings triple-double since the 2018-19 season.


Zach LaVine scored 15 points in the third quarter to cut into the Kings' 18-point lead. The Bulls cut it to two points in the fourth quarter.


Harrison Barnes had 17 points, Kevin Huerter added 12 and rookie Keegan Murray finished with 11. All five Kings starters scored in double figures.


Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and Patrick Williams finished with 10 for Chicago. Williams started in place of Javonte Green, who didn't play because of right knee soreness.


The Bulls have lost 10 of 14 games.


DeRozan was given a Flagrant-1 foul in the third quarter and LaVine also received a technical foul with 2:32 left.


The Bulls host Washington on Wednesday.

Islanders Blank Blackhawks

Matt Martin, Zach Parise and Brock Nelson scored second-period goals and Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves as the New York Islanders downed the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Sunday night.


The Islanders fired 40 shots at Blackhawks netminder Arvid Soderblom in snapping a two-game losing streak and improving to 9-4-0 at home.


The Blackhawks had ended an eight-game losing streak on Friday, winning 5-2 over the Rangers. But Chicago generated minimal offensive chances against the Islanders and Varlamov, who recorded his first shutout of the season and the 37th of his career.


The Blackhawks visit New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Monticello defeats Marshall in a commanding win

As heard on WEZC, The Monticello Sages defeated Marshall by a score of 75-49 Saturday night. The sages were led by the Surfpro player of the game Drew Sheppard who had 14 points, Tyler Blythe who also had 14 points, and Trey Welter who had 11 points.


With the win, the Sages improve to 2-1 on the season 


Tune in Tuesday night as the Sages take on Williamsville. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC  and online at dewittdailynews.com


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