Boiler boys fall to Flanagan-Cornell in second round of Marseilles Holiday Tournament

Mike Helenthal
Geneseo Republic

Kewanee's Boilers stayed close most of the game but couldn't get past Flanagan-Cornell, falling 47-36 in the second round of the Marseilles Holiday Tournament Tuesday.

The Falcons advance and will play Putnam County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Kewanee goes to the consolation round, where they will face Somonauk at 3:30.

Both teams had issues finding shooting spots in the first quarter, with Kewanee edging the Falcons 7-6.

The second quarter saw Kewanee starting to pull away, going ahead 12-6 before Flanagan-Cornell forced consecutive turnovers and turned them into five points. Another turnover a few possessions later allowed Flanagan to tie the game 15-15 at the 2:35 mark. 

A putback at just over a minute put the Falcons ahead 17-15 and a missed shot at point blank range by Brady Clark led to a coast-to-coast score for Flanagan and a 19-15 lead with 20 seconds left. Niko Powe cut it to 19-17 at halftime after converting two free throws for his seventh point of the quarter.

Flanagan-Cornell's offense showed up in the third quarter as they started pushing the ball inside. After the Boilers tied it up at 24 on a Will Bruno steal and coast-to-coast score, Flanagan went on a 7-0 run that included a three-pointer to take a 35-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Boilers made several runs in the fourth, forcing steals for breakaway buckets, but Flanagan-Cornell had an answer almost every time, negating two well-played Kewanee transition buckets with three-pointers on the very next possession.

A Clark steal that led to a Will Bruno fast break bucket halfway through the period made it an eight-point game, and James Conner's first bucket at 3:32 made it 41-35. But it was too little, too late as Flanagan-Cornell spent the remainder the of the game at the free throw line and Kewanee missed its final-chance shots.

Niko Powe had 13 points to lead the Boilers, followed by Clark with 8, Bruno with 7 and Blaise Lewis with 5.