Richwoods methodically built its lead to double digits by late in the third quarter and were not threatened after that on the way to a 57-45 win over Freeport in the first round of the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament on Wednesday.
The Knights advance to a 10:30 a.m. second-round matchup with Morton, a 58-42 winner over Plainfield East.
Richwoods built from a three-point halftime lead thanks to 50 percent shooting in the second half. The Knights, meanwhile, held Freeport to 28.1 for the game.
Dallas Bryson hit a 12-footer after a nifty pass from freshman Isaiah Donnell for a 52-39 lead with 3:31 left. Jalen Hosea followed that with a bank shot for a 15-point lead with 2:50 left.
Jaydion Davis led Richwoods with 16 points and nine rebounds and Bryson had 14 points and nine rebounds. Hosea had nine points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
MORTON 58, PLAINFIELD EAST 42: The Potters opened a double-digit lead in the second quarter that was cut to 40-37. Morton then regained control with a 16-5 run.
Jarrett Crider had 18 points and six rebounds for Morton and Zach Byrne had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
NORMAL WEST 59, LIMESTONE 51: Jadon Payton had a game-high 23 points and four steals for Limestone, which was outscored 20-11 in the third quarter of the first-round loss.
Normal West big man Francis Okoro, a 6-foot-9, 225-pounder, scored 14 on 5-for-8 shooting. The junior has offers from at least 10 Division I schools including Kansas, Purdue, Missouri and Illinois. Purdue coach Matt Painter was at Dawdy Hawkins Gym on Wednesday to watch Okoro.
Shea Cupples scored 19 to lead Normal West, which faces No. 3 seed Lake Zurich in the second round at 9 a.m. Thursday.
PEKIN 56, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS HERSEY 44: Max Jones and Mitchell Cascia scored 10 points each to lead the host Dragons into the second round.
Pekin surged ahead in the second quarter, using a 14-4 push to eventually grab a 41-16 halftime lead. Jones had three 3-pointers and Cascia added a team-high seven rebounds for Pekin, which was outscored 28-15 in the second half.
The Dragons advance to face Champaign Centennial in a 12:45 p.m. quarterfinal on Thursday.
WASHINGTON 44, ROCKFORD BOYLAN 43: The Panthers led by 12 going into the fourth quarter, 36-24, and held off Boylan late in Wednesday's finale, setting up a second-round matchup against top-seeded Springfield Lanphier.
J.J. Guedet scored 17 and Adrian Ware 16 to lead Washington, which led 22-11 at intermission.