The Galva boys basketball team started Lincoln Trail Conference play with a 57-43 win at United Tuesday night.

The Galva boys basketball team started Lincoln Trail Conference play with a 57-43 win at United Tuesday night. Individual stats from the game were unavailable at press time Wednesday.

The Wildcats entered Tuesday’s LTC opener fresh off a non-conference split with Rockridge and Peoria Heights. The Rockets overcame a sluggish start and handled Galva 69-29 Friday night in the GHS gym, and the Wildcats bounced back to defeat Peoria Heights 40-36 in the final game of the inaugural Sandburg Shootout in Galesburg Saturday.

Galva jumped to a quick 6-2 lead on Rockridge, but the Rockets responded to move in front 12-9 at the quarter and the visitors took off on a 19-5 spurt in the second frame to lead 31-14 at the break. Rockridge’s Jensen Whiteman drilled two treys to close the third quarter and extend the lead to 54-26, and the Rockets forced the 30-point continuous clock in the fourth quarter.

Whiteman led all scorers with 14 points. Tristan Rogers led the Wildcats with nine points, all on 3-pointers.

The Wildcats came back Saturday night at Carl Sandburg College’s John M. Lewis Gym and held off the Patriots 40-36.

Galva struggled at the line in the fourth quarter, missing 6 of 10 free throws, but a pair of free throws by Brayden Collins with 6.5 seconds to play iced the win. 

“I thought we guarded really hard and we were just too tired to make some free throws at the end of the game,” GHS head coach Chance Jones said. “We’re really young and we don’t play a lot of guys right now. But our effort defensively was really good.”

Raige Ballard topped the Wildcats with 13 points, followed by Tristan Rogers with nine points and Gunner Spivey eight.

The Wildcats are 9-9 overall.


R-W drops ICAC tourney opener

ROWVA-Williamsfield opened the Inter County Athletic Conference Tournament Monday night and fell to the host school, Delavan, 67-60. 

Prior to ICAC tourney play, the Cougars were on the short end of a 45-21 ICAC regular-season matchup with Elmwood Friday night.

R-W managed just seven points in the opening half against the Trojans. Tucker Sams topped the Cougars with nine points.


Ridgewood falls to Annawan in OT

Annawan held off Ridgewood 65-62 in overtime Tuesday night at Cambridge. Julian Samuels topped the Braves with 29 points.

Elsewhere on the opening night of LTC play, Wethersfield defeated West Central 70-52 and Mercer County handled Stark County 70-39.

Friday (Jan. 11) night’s slate of LTC games finds Galva at Mercer County, United at ROWVA-Williamsfield, Ridgewood at West Central and Stark County at Annawan.


(Jackson White, WCI Sports, contributed to this story.)