WOOD RIVER - The Southwestern Piasa Birds' Ian Brantley is having a memorable 2023-2024 boys basketball campaign and had a very big game on Tuesday night as he poured in 40 points against the East Alton-Wood River Oilers.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

Southwestern led from the start, winning 77-61 over the Oilers at EAWR Memorial Gym.

Brantley has scored 21.3 points per game this season for the Piasa Birds and 8.4 rebounds per game. He is, without a doubt, one of the area's top boys basketball players this season.

Southwestern head boys coach Jason Darr said Ian indeed had "a huge game" against the Oilers.

Article continues after sponsor message

"Ian did it being face-guarded a large part of the game," Coach Darr said. "He really did a good job grabbing offensive boards and capitalizing on put-backs as well. Ian was able get opportunities in transition as well as knocking down 15-17-foot shots as well.

"The mental and physical part of basketball can be very tough and Ian has improved in both aspects of the game this season. Our guys are focused on going after a conference championship as well as a 20-win season and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve those goals."

Brantley is only a junior so he has another season for Coach Darr and the Piasa Birds.

The Piasa Birds led wire-to-wire, with quarter scores of 22-15, 45-25, and 66-43 after the first three quarters, with the Oilers outscoring Southwestern in the fourth quarter 18-11 to take the win.

Greyson Brewer added 12 points for Southwestern, while Ryan Lowis scored nine points, Rocky Darr had seven points, Connor Wood had five points, Logan Custer came up with three points, and Logan Keith had a single point.

Southwestern is now 17-8, while EAWR slipped to 3-22.

More like this:

Jan 20, 2024 - Brantley Scores 25 Points, Southwestern Wins Macoupin County Title Over North Mac 43-41

Feb 12, 2024 - Oilers Down Piasa Birds 41-27 To Advance To IHSA 2A Girls Regional Semis

Dec 29, 2023 - Brantley Explodes For 37 Points: Southwestern Jumps Out Early, Takes 76-50 Win Over SIUE Charter

Dec 20, 2023 - Southwestern Gets 23 From Brantley, 11 From Robinson, Takes Win At Maryville Christian 58-43  

Feb 20, 2024 - Monday, Feb. 19 Boys Basketball Round-Up: Southwestern Slides By EAWR; Hawks, Tigers Post Wins