CHS boys cruise past Bulldogs in regional action
By: DANIEL WINNINGHAM
Enquirer~Democrat managing editor
Carlinville High School’s boys varsity basketball team kept its season going Tuesday evening, earning a 47-33 victory over No. 7 seed Staunton in the Gillespie Regional.
Michael Byots scored a game-high 20 points. Ethan Trimm contributed 15, with five of his six field goals coming in the second half.
Jack Kessinger contributed a team-high six assists. Briley Roper finished with a team-best three steals.
Carlinville was a perfect 15-for-15 at the free throw line.
Carlinville trailed 7-5 after the opening quarter but outscored Staunton 11-3 in the second, taking a 16-10 lead at halftime.
Byots, held scoreless in the opening quarter, collected nine in the second and 11 in the third.
Additional scorers for CHS were Roper with eight points, all in the second half, and Ethan Siglock and Kessinger with two each.
Staunton got a team-best nine points from Cayden Silvester, plus seven points apiece from Brent Kinder and Devin Ray.
The Cavaliers built a 35-20 advantage after three, as they outscored Staunton 19-10.
The Bulldogs won the final quarter, 13-12, but were not able to keep their season going. They finish the year at 17-14 overall.
Tuesday’s win was the Cavaliers’ fifth by 10 points or more this season. The Cavaliers improved to 12-17.
The Cavaliers, seeded no. 10, will take on No. 4 seed Breese Central Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The other semifinal features No. 1 Breese Mater Dei against No. 9 Hillsboro.
Earlier this season, on Jan. 10, the Bulldogs defeated CHS 57-42 in Carlinville.