Livingston Earns MVP Honors

After looking a bit sluggish in the first two games of the Collinsville Holiday Classic thanks to a knee injury, the nation's top prep point guard shook off any perceived rust with a huge 32 point, 10 rebound performance to lead Peoria to a 70-58 championship win over Althoff on Wednesday night.

Playing a third game in three days, there was concern that Shaun Livingston's injured knee could become a liability heading into the finals. However the 6-foot-7 floor general quickly put those concerns to rest, scoring 20 of his game high 32 in the first half en route to taking home MVP honors.

"My knee is sore, but it's something I've got to play through," Livingston said in a post game media blitz. "Tonight I felt pretty good, and was able to knock down my shots."

The Lions, who remained perfect on the season, needed every one of their superstar's points as Althoff refused to back down throughout the championship game.

Peoria stormed out to an early eight point lead before watching the Crusaders rally to cut it to three at the half, 33-30. The third quarter continued the theme as Althoff was able to cut it to a single point heading into the final quarter.

In that final period Livingston knocked down a pair of jumpers from the elbow, and blocked a pair of shots in the game's decisive run as Peoria pulled away to win by 12.

On the night the future Blue Devil finished with 32 points (13-of-16 from the field and 1-of-2 from the perimeter), 10 rebounds (five offensive), four steals, three blocks, and one assist. He converted five of eight from the free throw line.


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