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Sports

Boys Basketball: Soph Cedric Walton's game-winner boosts Reapers

Cedric Walton is a sophomore who can do things.

Plano promoted Walton to varsity right before its Christmas tournament. He came off the bench at first, but has started 11 of the 15 games he's played. He's averaged 6.8 points per game since his call-up.

He had his biggest varsity moment Tuesday.

Walton turned an offensive rebound into the game-winning basket with 1.2 seconds left, as the host Reapers won a 40-38 thriller against Peotone.

Walton had five points and four rebounds, none bigger than his last.

"He kind of gives us a shooter, he's that tweener type kid that guards a post, can handle it a little bit, is a good rebounder and obviously a good offensive rebounder," Plano coach Kyle Kee said. "He's been really good for us."

Bryson Schmidt scored 12 points and Ka'Jon Smith added eight to lead the Reapers (11-12, 3-4) against Peotone.

"We played well in the first half and were able to pull it out at the end," Kee said.

The Reapers lost at Streator 54-48 this past Friday. Plano, which shot 9-for-15 from 3-point range, outscored Streator 19-10 to surge ahead, but the Bulldogs outscored Plano 20-11 in the fourth quarter.

Smith scored 13 points, Shettles eight and Damien Barraza eight for Plano.

"We came out and really shot the ball well in the second half," Kee said. "[Streator] just made some plays down the stretch."

Plano plays at Wilmington Friday, then wraps up the regular seaso with four home games starting with conference tournament champion Lisle next Tuesday.

"Every game from here on out is tough," Kee said. "We're going to Wilmington, a team we have beaten twice. I don't care who it is, anytime you play a team three times it's tough and it's another road trip."

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