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Duffin goes down shooting

State basketball notes

Garrett Duffin went down shooting in the IHSA Class 2A Three-Point Showdown at Carer Arena in Peoria Thursday.

The Princeton junior knocked down 10 of 15 shots, but just missed the cut by one make. Five players advanced to a shoot-off by making 11.

Duffin said he was disappointed, but was ready to go back and try next year. He did receive a ticket to the State tournament as a parting gift,

When it was all done, Pinckneyville Nolan Luke and Hoopeston senior Brennan Crose each made 5 of 10 in the shoot-off, Greenville junior Will Schaufelberger made four and Chicago Leo sophomore Mykel Hampton made three to advance. Mason Sitzmore, a junior from Morrison, was shutout in the shoot-off.

Those four battled it out in Friday’s 2A finals, with the top shooter advancing to next week’s King of the Hill Showdown.

The only other player to match Duffin’s 10 makes was Hamilton County junior Jake Scattone.

• Officially speaking: Sheffield’s Al Corwin officiated the second 1A semifinal in Peoria Friday featuring Mendon Unity vs. Mooseheart. It is the first state boys assignment for Corwin, who has worked two IHSA state football finals.

He will be looking up at Mooseheart’s 7-footer Akim Nyang and 6-10 Makur Puo.

All-State recognition: Putnam County senior Harold Fay and Henry senior Nathan Helle received Associated Press All-Stae Class 1A Honorable Mention.

Bureau Valley junior Parker Neuhalfen earned the same honors in 2A, the AP announced Thursday.

• Special Olympics: The Princeton Tiger Special Olympics basketball team has its own State championship to chase in Normal The Tigers tip off at 8 a.m. Saturday at ISU’s Horton Fieldhouse vs Homewood-Flossmore and at 11 a.m. vs. Bradley Bourbonnais.

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