The Eric Gordon 16-and-under All-Stars turned in a 73-60 victory over the Illinois Crush (blue) just a few hours later to make it four wins in four tries against squads from the Prairie State.
The outcome of this contest was never truly in jeopardy despite the lead being trimmed to single digits on multiple occasions in the second half.
Hamilton Southeastern's Zak Irvin, a 6-foot-5 forward, led a balanced scoring attack for the juniors-to-be with 16 points.
Pike's Zavier Turner added 15 points in the win, while Fort Wayne Harding's V.J. Beachem (11) and North Central's Darius Latham (10) also cracked double figures.
By virtue of winning its pool, EG10's middle-aged team will move on to the "gold" single-elimination bracket on Sunday back at The Fieldhouse. The 16Us are set to battle the Illinois Warriors at 10:20 a.m. CT, with games at approximately 12:40 p.m. and 3 p.m. if they continue to win.