Newark 58, Wethersfield 40: Defensively, the Wethersfield boys' basketball team did the job it wanted to in Tuesday's Class 1A Serena Sectional semifinal showdown with Newark.
Offensively, the Flying Geese picked the most inopportune time to have their poorest shooting night of the season.
The Geese hit just 16 of their 50 field-goal attempts, a 32-percent clip, and could not overcome several dry spells as they fell 58-40 to the Norsemen before nearly 1,100 at Al Stegman Court.
Falling in the sectional semifinal round for the second straight year, Wethersfield bows out at 28-3 with its 18-game winning streak ended along with its season. Newark (27-5) advances to Friday's 7 p.m. championship game against either Ottawa Marquette or Yorkville Christian.
"We did a great job defensively," said Wethersfield coach Jeff Parsons. "They average 72 points per game, and if you told me before this game that we'd hold them to 58, I'd have told you we'd win. We defended well enough, but we just didn't put the ball in the basket like we normally do. We were 30 points below our average."
For the Geese, top scorer Quagliano finished with 20 points, but accomplished that on 7-of-21 shooting. He added four rebounds and two steals, with Brady Kelley chipping in eight points. The senior duo of Tyler Nichols and Isaac Frank combined to grab 11 rebounds.
"Hats off to Newark, they're a great team," said Parsons, "but we picked a poor time to have our worst (shooting) night of the year."
Bureau Valley 57, Orion 50: Coming off of a conference and regional title, the Orion boys basketball team was looking to add to its trophy case this season but fell short against Bureau Valley in the Illinois Class 2A Riverdale Sectional semifinals with a 57-50 loss on Tuesday in Port Byron.
Orion (18-11) went on a 15-2 run to start the game but was quickly caught by Bureau Valley, which led 29-28 at the half. The Chargers were outrebounded 23-11 for the game.
Junior Josh Johnson led Orion with 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting, going 4-of-10 from beyond the arc. Charger senior Seth West was the other Orion scorer in double digits with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Orion head coach Alex Johnson was happy with the way his team competed at the sectional level and the steps that the Chargers made throughout the season.
“I’m tremendously proud of the way the team played tonight,” Johnson said. “It was an uphill battle against this Bureau Valley team even with our great start. The whole team, especially the seniors, played with a lot of heart and I appreciate that immensely.”
Bureau Valley (18-10) moves on to the sectional final to play the winner of Newman Central Catholic and Winnebago on Friday night.