Senior Jeremiah Van Zandt led the Redbirds with 14 points and four rebounds against SIUE Charter on Thursday night in the Chick-Fil-A Belleville East Classic. (Photo by Dan Brannan)

ALTON 69, SIUE CHARTER 17: In the consolation semifinals of the Chick-Fil-A Belleville East Classic, Alton bounced back to defeat SIUE Charter 69-17 to advance to the consolation final.

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Jeremiah Van Zandt led the Redbirds with 14 points and four rebounds, Byron Stampley added 11 points, Alex Macias had nine points and five assists, Blake Hall had eight points and eight rebounds, Hassan Elliott also had eight points to go along with eight steals, Adrian Elliott scored seven points, Roger Elliott scored six points, Noah Hardin came up with four points, four assists and four rebounds and Ihzel Brown scored two points.

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Alton head boys coach Eric McCrary was excited to see his squad come out and play top-notch baseball against SIUE Charter. Coach McCrary definitely sees improvement in his boys each week, who are constantly working to strengthen their game.

"The kids came out ready to play and our defensive effort was excellent," he said. "We get to keep working to get better each day and make a strong push down the final stretch of the regular season."

Alton is now 4-15 for the season. The Redbirds play Hazelwood Central High School at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Chick-Fil-A Tourney at Belleville East then host East St. Louis Senior on Friday, Jan. 28, and travel to Hazelwood West High School on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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