Boys' Basketball

Won and done: Bulldogs beat Rantoul, fall to Central in regional play

RANTOUL — One team kept its composure and played with poise late in the fourth quarter. The other let its emotions get the best of them.

Mahomet-Seymour knocked down 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter and came-from-behind to defeat Rantoul 61-55 in the first round of the Class 3A Rantoul Regional on Monday.

A special crew: Bulldog basketball's seven seniors 'mean a lot'

MAHOMET — Grant Coleman won't celebrate his senior night for one more year, but he wasn't about to let a special night have a sour ending.

The Mahomet-Seymour junior erupted in the third quarter last Friday, pouring in 16 of his game-high 24 points in the frame as M-S flipped a 28-24 halftime lead into a 29-point advantage midway through the fourth quarter.

Coach Toby Willard "couldn't be more proud" of 8th-grade boys' season

MAHOMET — Toby Willard knew his Mahomet-Seymour eighth-grade boys' basketball team was special. Early in the year, Willard compared his crew to the likes of Joe Kenney, Jack Rettig, Christian Romine and Conner Diedrich, a group that advanced to the high school Elite Eight in 2015 under coach Chad Benedict.

Starting to click: M-S boys' basketball overcomes Mount Zion

MAHOMET — Inconsistency has been a theme of Mahomet-Seymour basketball all year long.

M-S coach Ryan Bosch has proven that he isn't afraid to dip into his bench as nine Bulldogs are in the regular rotation, but it's been hard to find the right combination all year long.

Some days, Grant Coleman and Connor Kamphaus are cooking. Other days, it's Kobe Essien and Jordan Veldman.

Committed to the process

LINCOLN — "Keep guarding, the shots will start falling," Mahomet-Seymour assistant coach Todd Metzger preached to his Bulldogs at the end of the first quarter.

Mahomet-Seymour ran with Metzger's instructions and played lockdown defense all night, but the shots neverfell, and Lincoln defeated the Bulldogs 45-26 last Friday night.

Bulldogs come up short in a nail-biter

MAHOMET — Entering Tuesday's showdown with Centennial, M-S had lost four of its 10 games despite being within two points in the final two minutes of regulation.

Make it five out of 11.

Without senior star Bryson Cowper, Centennial waltzed into Mahomet and defeated the Bulldogs 63-60.

'They deserved this': Bulldogs overcome four-game skid

MAHOMET — After Mahomet-Seymour's crushing 73-67 overtime loss to Mattoon just seven days earlier, Mahomet-Seymour coach Ryan Bosch knew he had to make a change. After consulting the team captains and the rest of his coaching staff, he inserted sophomore Braden Finch and senior Connor Kamphaus into the starting lineup, replacing Dawson Finch and Kobe Essien.

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High basketball teams start off strong

The Mahomet-Seymour junior high boys' basketball teams have continued their strong starts to the season. The seventh-graders sit at 8-3 after wins over Rantoul Eater and Clinton.

The eighth-graders are a sparkling 11-0. They have won seven of their 11 games by more than 11 points.


Seventh grade

M-S 42, Rantoul Eater 32.

Bulldogs basketball ready for a homecoming after 3-game road trip

Ryan Bosch needs some home cooking. The Mahomet-Seymour basketball coach will be more than happy to get three straight home games starting Saturday against Dunlap.

The Bulldogs have played three of the last four games on the road. The Bulldogs lost two tough ones to Normal U-High and Taylorville. The Bulldogs sit at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Apollo Conference play.


Crashing the boards early: M-S boys' basketball picks up pair of key conference wins

MOUNT ZION — Grant Coleman has a pure knack to score. Charleston learned that on Friday when the Mahomet-Seymour junior poured in a career-high 39 points. Mount Zion must not have gotten the memo on Tuesday, and Coleman made another Apollo Conference opponent pay yet again.

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