Normal Community boys basketball beats Downers Grove North in IHSA Super Sectionals

The Ironmen will now face Palatine on Friday at 2 p.m. in Champaign at the State Farm Center. (Blake Haas/WJBC)

By WJBC Staff

NORMAL – Normal Community boys basketball is heading to the state semifinals after a 53-29 win Monday night against Downers Grove North in the IHSA Super Sectionals at CEFCU Arena.

The Ironmen (31-5) were led by Jaheem Weber who finished with 22 points. Also in double figures for NCHS were Braylon Roman with 12 and Conner Smith with 10.

Downers Grove North (29-5) was led by Jack Stanton with 12 points.

Ironmen head coach Dave Witzig spoke after the game with WJBC’s Blake Haas and Eric Lapan.

NCHS will face Palatine in the class 4A state semifinals on Friday at 2 p.m. at the State Farm Center. The winner will advance to the state championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and face the winner of Homewood-Flossmoor and New Trier.

Blake Haas and Eric Lapan will have play-by-play coverage of the NCHS state semifinal game on Friday with pregame action starting at 1:30 p.m. on AM 1230, FM 102.1 and

More information about the IHSA Boys Basketball State Final Tournament can be found here.

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