SALUKIS LOSE OT LIC TOURNAMENT THRILLER TO CASEY

The Red Hill Basketball Salukis lost a tough Little Illini Conference tournament championship semi-final Tuesday at Flora. They were knocked off by the Casey-Westfield Warriors 71-67 in overtime. The Salukis trailed at the half 38-30 but rallied in the third quarter to lead 45-44 heading into the final stanza. The contest see-sawed back and forth in the final period. The Salukis had a chance to win in regulation but a Drew Moore shot inside the final five seconds was off the mark and the score was tied at 61 after four quarters. The top seed Warriors led by sharp shooting guard Noah Livingston then hit some key baskets in the extra frame and picked up the victory-their second over the Salukis this season. Leading the scoring parade for Red Hill were Drew Moore and Drake Allen each with 20 points and Parker Havill added 12. With the loss, the Salukis fall to 15-8 and will play Marshall for third place Friday at 6:30 p.m. Marshall lost to Richland County in the other championship semi-final 63-51. The contest will air Friday on the Legend 99.3 FM and AM 910 with Ryan Seed and Rob McKinley.