PONTIAC – The St. Charles North boys basketball team topped Bloomington, 61-49, on Saturday, concluding a 3-1 run through the Pontiac Holiday Tournament that netted the team a fifth-place finish.
"Just a determined effort for us again tonight," North coach Tom Poulin said. "We did a good job of playing team defense and then executing on the offensive end."
Quinten Payne tallied 29 points for the 9-5 North Stars. On Friday, Payne had 26 points as the team rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Peoria Manual.
North's Alec Goetz added 14 points for North, which is in the midst of its best stretch of the season to date, Poulin said.
"We got contributions from everybody," Poulin said. "Quinten did a good job of leading us, but everybody else took advantage of their opportunities and time on the floor."
East Aurora Holiday Tournament: Geneva edged host East Aurora, 57-54, in the fifth-place game. The Vikings improved to 13-3.
Plano Christmas Classic: Rockford Christian defeated Burlington Central, 50-45, for the consolation championship. Moter Deng tallied 16 points for Central, while Bryce Warner added nine points and 13 rebounds.
Bill Neibch Falcon Classic: At Wheaton, St. Charles East defeated Downers Grove North, 55-46, to win the consolation title at the tournament hosted by Wheaton North. Amanda Hilton (21 points) and Carly Pottle (17) paced the Saints. East (10-7) won three straight games after losing its tournament opener.
Charger Invitational: At Carpentersville, St. Charles North salvaged a win on the final day of the tournament at Dundee-Crown, defeating Johnsburg, 60-50, in consolation action. North's Ashling Davern scored 21 points and Alex Silverman added 15 for the North Stars (5-12).
Montini Chrismas Tournament: At Lombard, Batavia beat Zion-Benton in the tournament's seventh place game, 70-64. Liza Fruendt led Batavia with 32 points and Hannah Frazier added 16 for the Bulldogs (12-7), who nursed a small lead for most of the fourth quarter. Batavia went 2-2 at the tournament.
Dixon Christmas Tournament: Aurora Christian secured the consolation championship with separate victories against Lanark Eastland (52-45) and Forreston (48-42). Alyssa Andersen scored 40 total points for the 11-6 Eagles. Natasha Brown contributed 24 rebounds on the day.
DeKalb Flavin Tournament: Batavia finished second in the orange bracket in the dual meet tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Stagg and Dundee-Crown, with Ryan Marsh securing points for the Bulldogs at 120 pounds in each match. Batavia fell to Pewaukee, 33-25, despite 113-pounder Luke Schulz' win by fall.
Notre Dame triangular: Geneva fell to Notre Dame, 48-11, and defeated Gordon Tech, 51-15. Junior Thomas O'Brien won both of his matches for the Vikings at 138 pounds.