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Five earn Player-of-the-Game recognition at Christie Clinic Shootout

St. Joseph - After each of the seven games at the Christie Clinic Shootout at St. Joseph-Ogden High School on Saturday, the best player in each contest was awarded a player-of-the-game plaque. Here's a look at the seven recipients and how they did.

Christopher Benning

Streator Streator's Chris Benning
Christopher Benning poses with his Player-of-the-Game award with St. Joseph-Ogden tournament and athletic director Justin Franzen. Benning scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to fuel Streators' come from behind victory in the first game of day at the Christie Clinic Shootout. Tallying 23 points, his last quarter effort resulted in 60-53 win over Normal Community West on Saturday.

Miles Kirin

Normal U-High Normal University High's Miles Kirin
Going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, Normal University Miles Kirin led all scorers with 18 points in his team's decisive 68-42 win over Carterville in Game 2. The 6-foot-1 senior drained eight of his total points in the fourth quarter.

Trey Welter

Monticello improved their record to 8-8 after a 19-point performance from 5-foot-5 senior Trey Welter against New Berlin (11-4). Behind Welter's second through third quarter outburst and a solid team defensive effort, the Sages defeated the Pretzels, 57-26.

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Nick Allen

Bradley-Bourbonnais Bradley-Bourbonnais' Nick Allen
Nick Allen hit ten field goals and drained four free throws, finishing with 22 points in Boilermakers' 62-61 win over the Maroons of Belleville West (7-8). Down 16-9 at the end of the first quarter, Bradley-Bourbonnais (12-4) continued to trail on the scoreboard through the first three quarters to later pull out the W thanks Allen's six 4th-quarter points.

Andrew Thomas

Unity Unity's Andrew Thomas
Unity's Andrew Thomas was named Player-of-the-Game after he finished with 13 points. The team's relentless defense and attacking offense paid dividends against Quincy Notre Dame (9-7). Thomas, a senior starter, collected all of his points in first half. After 15 games and the 58-35 win, Thomas and the Rockets are still undefeated.

AJ Keith

Panther AJ Keith was the top shooter of the day, finishing with a game-high 33 points against shootout host St. Joseph-Ogden (13-3). The 6-foot-4 Pinckneyville shooting guard made 13 of his 14 free-throw attempts to defeat the Spartans, 72-57.

JC Anderson

Mt. Zion
After scoring 18 points in the first half, Mt. Zion's JC Anderson received the nod as player-of-the-game in the final game of the day. Anderson added another four to his total in the second half, finishing with 22 points in the Braves 64-49 win over Washington. Like Unity, Mt. Zion came, saw, and conquered the Panthers (9-7) to remain undefeated at 17-0.