Area boys' basketball from Monday and the weekend

Prairie Central lost a heartbreaker Saturday but rebounded Monday to bump Tri-Point 69-50 in a nonconference boys' basketball game Monday.
    The Hawks hit 50 percent from the field for the game, making it easy to build a sizable advantage. PC led 13-6 after one period and pushed the margin to 33-24 by halftime. A strong third quarter gave Prairie Central a 48-30 lead by the start of the fourth frame.
    Tom Shafer had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. He also dished out 7 assists. Tyler Burnett added 12 points while Luke Crane and Hayden Vaughan each chipped in 11 points. Clifton Slagel hit for 9 points and Jallen Bashford scored 4 points.
Saturday's Games
    ONARGA — Dwight ran into trouble with South Newton and had to settle for fourth-place at the Sangamon Valley Conference tournament Saturday.
    The Trojans got behind early and were unable to make inroads in falling 73-44 to the Rebels in the third-place game.
    South Newton held a 15-10 lead after one quarter and outscored DTHS 19-9 in the second to begin blowing the game open. A 19-15 difference in the third made it a 53-34 and a 20-10 margin in the final frame sealed the deal for the Indiana school.
    Justin Fox had just 18 points and Blake Graham added 15 for the Trojans (14-8). Cal Schultz, Noah Nutting and Carter Wykes each threw in 3 points and Dakota Wahl added 2.
Tolono 65, Prairie Central 64
    TOLONO — It came down to a buzzer-beater in the second overtime for Tolono Unity to shoot past Prairie Central 65-64 in a nonconference tilt Saturday night.
    The Rockets and Hawks will be conference rivals next school year with the birth of the Prairie Illini Conference.
    The Hawks held an 8-6 lead after one quarter and Unity tied it at 15-15 by halftime. PC was up 29-25 after three but the Rockets pulled even by the end of regulation at 48-48.
    It was still even after one overtime and the Hawks were in the driver's seat in the second extra frame until Mackenzie Heyen buried the game-winner as time ran out.
    Tom Shafer paced Prairie Central with 21 points and Logan Miller added 13. Luke Crane chipped in 12 points, Tyler Burnett had 6 with Clifton Slagel and Hayden Vaughan each scoring 5 points.
    JT Wheeler had 38 points, including making 21 free throws, for Unity.