On Friday, the Illinois High School Association released postseason games for men’s basketball.
And the Galesburg Silver Streaks, who received a No. 3 seed, will face the Peoria Manual Rams, the No. 7 seed, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23 at Limestone High School in Bartonville in the class regional semifinals. 3A.
The winner will advance to the regional title game, which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., and will face No. 2 Peoria Notre Dame, No. 8 East Peoria or No. 9 Limestone.
Galesburg picked up a 57-50 road victory over Manual in mid-December in a rare Monday night contest.
“The playbook has gotten better over the year, and so have we,” Streaks coach Chad Thompson said. “Our squad is fully healthy and ready to go and I guess Manual is based on the numbers I’ve seen so far.
“It’s going to be a showdown of tenacity. Manuel is a really tough program through and through and so are we,” added Thompson. “The first game we were lucky to steal one from them by seven. We know the second round will be even more exciting.”
The Streaks close out their conference and regular season Tuesday night in Quincy against the Blue Devils.
Class 2A Knoxville Regional
Knoxville vs. TBD
Knoxville hosts a regional and is ranked fourth there. The Blue Bullets will face No. 5 Monmouth-Roseville or No. 10 Sherrard on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Class 2A Regional Semi-Final.
Knoxville is guided by Erik Hughs, and the Blue Bullets were 24-5 overall going into Monday. Knoxville has won nine straight games and an 11-1 mark in its last 12 outings. The Blue Bullets are 9-1 in home games.
Mon-Rose vs. Sherrard
The Titans will face the Tigers at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 at “The Shoebox” in Monmouth in the regional quarter-finals.
Jake Sottos is in his first season in charge of Mon-Rose, and the Titans are 17-10 overall going into the week. MR’s record in the 2022 portion of the season is 8-3. The Titans are 5-1 in their last six home games.
Mon-Rose, who closes his regular season Thursday night at Macomb, has beaten Sherrard twice in 2021-22.
The Titans handed the Tigers a 46-32 loss Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Sherrard, and MR picked up a 51-30 home win over Sherrard on Friday, Jan. 21.
Class 1A Brimfield Regional
Abingdon-Avon vs. Peoria Heights
The Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes received a No. 6 seed and will face the No. 11 seeded Peoria Heights Patriots at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 in the Class 1A Regional Quarter-Finals in Abingdon.
A-Town is guided by freshman coach Cory Link, and the Tornadoes were 13-13 overall going into the final week of the regular season. Abingdon-Avon is 6-3 in its last nine games.
“We didn’t play them in the regular season, but we have a movie on them. They’re playing really well down the stretch with a big win over Lewistown,” Link said of Peoria Heights. “They are playing a 2-3 zone game which can cause us problems if we are not active and just take 3s.
“If we keep guarding like we did last month, we’ll be a tough team to beat. Some keys for us are winning the rebound battle, getting to the free-throw line and knocking them down safely. confidence and getting deflections on the defensive end,” added Link. “We’ve played like the team we are capable of all season. We’re making some adjustments and I like our chances of having a nice little playoff run led by our seniors.”
West Central v Brimfield
The West Central Heat are seeded 12th and will open the playoffs against the No. 4 seeded Brimfield Indians on Saturday, February 19 at a time TBD in Brimfield in a regional quarter-final. The winner will face the winner of A-Town-Peoria Heights in the regional semi-finals at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23 at Brimfield.
Mike Kelley is West Central’s coach, and the Heat enter the final week of the regular season with a 6-20 overall record.
Class 1A Wethersfield Regional
United v Galva
United Red Storm have been awarded the No. 2 seed and will open the playoffs in the quarter-final against the No. 15 seed Galva Wildcats. They will face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday February 19 in the campaign of Monmouth. The winner will face ROWVA/Williamsfield or Stark County in the regional semi-finals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23 at Kewanee Wethersfield.
Red Storm’s overall record before Monday was 22-6 with a 9-2 mark in their last 11 games. United’s record is 11-1 with over 60 points. The Red Storms, who are coached by Doug Dennison, close out the regular season with a pair of games – at Stark County on Tuesday and at home against ROWVA/Williamsfield on Thursday.
“Our keys are and will continue to be one game at a time and controlling what we can control,” said Dennison, who is in his sixth season. “We still have work to do and opportunities to improve.”
Ridgewood vs. Annawan
The No. 5-seeded Ridgewood Spartans will face the No. 11-seeded Annawan Braves at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 at AlWood High School in Woodhull in a regional quarter-final. The winner will face either No. 3 Peoria Quest or No. 14 Wethersfield at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 23 at Wethersfield in the regional semi-final.
“We beat them in the regular season 57-56 and in the LTC tournament 65-36. We all know it’s hard to beat a team three times. We have to show up and be ready to play,” said the Spartans coach Bryan Brooks about the Braves. “I think Annawan can be really dangerous. They play against a lot of young kids and they get better with every game. They have a post player who played in college for four years.”
And what’s the key for Ridgewood, who was 18-11 overall heading into the final week of the regular season, down the stretch?
“Our key in the playoffs will be our defense,” said Brooks, who is in his fourth season. “When we defend and take the attack out of our defense we can compete with anyone. We’re not good enough to take breaks. This group of kids have been fun to coach and if they play their ability, they will be successful.
“We need to become more consistent on both sides of the pitch again,” Brooks added. “The goal is to play your best basketball now and we have a week to get there.”
ROWVA/Wiliamsfield vs. Stark County
The ROWVA/Williamsfield Cougars, who are coached by the legendary Bob Anderson, are the No. 7 seed while Stark County is seeded ninth. They will face off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 at Robert P. Anderson Gym in Williamsfield in the quarterfinals. The winner will face either United or Galva in the semi-finals.
Class 1A Bushnell-Prairie City Regional
Bushnell-Prairie City vs. Lewistown
The Bushnell-Prairie City Spartans, who were 7-21 overall heading into Monday, are hosting a regional and are seeded 10th. B-PC will face the No. 5 seeded Lewistown Indians at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 in Lewistown in a regional quarterfinal. The winner will face No. 3 Camp Point Central or No. 11 Mendon Unity at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23 in a regional semi-final at B-PC.
North Fulton vs. Brown County
The No. 14-seeded North Fulton Wildcats open the playoffs against No. 2 Brown County, and they will do so at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 in a regional quarterfinal at Mt. Sterling. The winner will face No. 7 Illini Bluffs or No. 9 West Prairie in the regional semi-finals at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23 at Bushnell.
All regional title matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, February 25 at each of the aforementioned venues.