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MOMENCE – Paxton-Buckley-Loda went into its regular season finale Friday against Momence having won five straight games.
The first of those five wins came against the Redskins via 55-48 result in the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament. Momence ended the streak with a 57-31 blowout victory that left PBL head coach Scot Vogel at a loss for words.
“It was disappointing,” Vogel said. “I’ve got nothing else to say.”
The Panthers’ (15-12, 2-5 SVC) last lead was at 4-3 with 6:13 left in the first quarter, with Axl Denault scoring all four points. He would finish the game as PBL’s high scorer with 12 points.
From there, however, it was all Momence, as the Redskins went on a 17-0 run to end the first quarter leading 20-4. The Panthers did not score again until Jeremy Walder made a field goal with less than six minutes remained in the second quarter to cut his team’s deficit to 23-6.
Momence responded with an 11-0 run that extended its lead to 34-6. The Redskins went into halftime leading 39-10 and ended the third quarter with a 49-19 advantage despite a 6-0 run by PBL that started the quarter.
Besides Denault, no PBL player scored more than four points. For Momence, DeAndre Wright led with 26 points.
The No. 4-seeded Panthers will enter the Clifton Central Regional against No. 5 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the semifinal game against top-seeded Clifton Central at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Momence, meanwhile, takes its No. 2 seed into Clifton at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a contest against No. 3 Watseka.
Momence 57, PBL 31
PBL (15-12. 2-5)
Vaughn Gentzler 1-0-3, Jay Eshleman 0-0-0, Tyler Rubarts 1-0-2, Weston Weber 2-0-4, Garrett Rigsby 0-0-0, Axl Denault 5-2-12, Jeremy Walder 1-0-2, Drew Schrodt 1-0-2, Johnny Walder 1-0-2, Parker Young 0-0-0, Kyler Swanson 0-1-1, Patrick Brown 1-0-3. Totals 13-3-31.
DeAndre Wright 10-5-26, Cody Kinstner 0-0-0, Tony Greenwood 2-0-6, Aaron Cavender 0-0-0, Kyle Findlay 1-0-2, Justin Roberson 1-0-3, Michael Simpson 0-0-0, Denzel Misters 3-1-9, Maurice Reasnover 0-0-0, Lamar Watson 5-1-11, Allen Cook 0-0-0, Tyler Simpson 0-0-0. Totals 22-7-57.
PBL 4 6 9 12 — 31
MOM 20 19 10 8 — 57
3-pointers — PBL 2 (Gentzler, Brown). Momence 6 (Greenwood 2, Misters 2, Roberson, Wright).