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Boys High School Basketball News - 2008-2009 Season

Mid-Illini Week in Review - March 15, 2009 - By Steve Stein
THE BIG STORY: Morton’s amazing run to the Class 3A sectional finals is the story of the season in Mid-Illini Conference boys basketball. After struggling for much of the year -- they were 9-8 in early February -- the Potters (17-12) turned on the jets in the post-season, defeating No. 3-ranked Washington and No. 7-ranked Peoria Richwoods before succumbing to No. 9-ranked Rock Island in a sectional championship game played on Rock Island’s home floor. Morton’s regional championship win over Washington at the Panther Den was not only surprising, but perhaps symbolic. Is the balance of power in the Mid-Illini shifting from Washington to Morton? Washington has won five Mid-Illini championships in five seasons under Coach Kevin Brown, but the Panthers are losing four-fifths of their starting lineup. Morton is losing just three seniors, only one starter, and is returning arguably the best underclassmen in the conference in freshman Will Headean and sophomore Tyler Lundeen.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We had them right where we wanted them for the longest time.” -- Morton coach Steve Schupp, talking to the Journal Star after the Potters’ 53-37 loss Friday to Rock Island. Morton led 25-19 midway through the third quarter, and the game was tied 29-29 heading into the fourth quarter before Rock Island finally ended the Potters’ March Madness.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Waibel, Morton’s lone senior starter and the only returning player from last season with substantial varsity experience, scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Potters’ 47-41 sectional semifinal win Tuesday over Richwoods.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Morton is still looking for its first sectional championship after 60 years of boys basketball.

UNSUNG HEROES OF THE WEEK: All the bus drivers, student managers, scorekeepers, assistant coaches, trainers and other behind-the-scenes people who never get enough credit for making high school basketball the wonderful sport it is.

A LOOK AHEAD: Don’t look now, but summer basketball is just a few months away.

Comments? Questions? Contact Steve Stein at: stevestein21@yahoo.com
 

Mid-Illini Week in Review - March 8, 2009 - By Steve Stein

THE BIG STORY: How about those Potters! Morton stunned No. 3-ranked Washington 46-44 Friday in the championship game of the Washington Class 3A Regional when Tyler Lundeen sank an uncontested layup with 1.2 seconds to go. Even though Morton (16-11) had played Washington (22-4) tough in their two earlier meetings this season, losing by eight and 10 points, it was a surprising victory. Morton had lost 12 in a row to Washington. The Panthers had gone 55-6 at home in Kevin Brown’s five years as coach. Washington had won four straight regionals, while Morton hadn’t won a regional since 2004. Morton got a shot at Washington thanks to a 48-41 regional semifinal victory Wednesday over Metamora. Led by the tenacious defense of Kevin Waibel, the Potters held 6-foot-9 Metamora center Zach Schneider to just one point.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “What really hurts is knowing this will be the last time our five seniors will leave our locker room. That goes beyond the game.” -- An emotional Washington coach Kevin Brown after the loss to Morton.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Morton freshman (it’s difficult to be believe he is a freshman) Will Headean scored a game-high 20 points in the Potters’ victory over Washington. One of the major reasons why Tyler Lundeen found himself so open on Morton’s final play was the attention the Panthers paid to Headean.

STAT OF THE WEEK: This might be the stat of the season. Washington’s Colton Underwood did not make a field goal, but he was his team’s best player in the loss to Morton. Underwood scored 12 points on 12-of-12 shooting from the foul line, and he grabbed 13 rebounds.

UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK: Morton’s Tate Anderson played only a couple minutes against Washington, but he made them count. The junior guard’s dash up the court and precision bounce pass to Tyler Lundeen paved the way for Lundeen’s game-winning layup.

EMOTIONAL: It took a long time, more than a half-hour, for Washington coach Kevin Brown to emerge from the Panthers’ locker room after the loss to Morton. When he did, the Washington fans still in the gym gave Brown a standing ovation. Overcome with emotion, Brown took a few seconds to gather himself before answering questions from reporters.

SPECIAL: Washington’s loss to Morton and No. 1-ranked Peoria Manual’s 71-65 loss Friday to Princeton in the Class 2A Chillicothe Sectional championship game were reminders of what a difficult task it is to advance in the state finals. Washington and Manual made it to the Final Four last season and were expected to do it again this year, but it didn’t happen. So much has to go right on the road to Carver Arena. Now that they’ve beaten Washington and Manual, it will be interesting to see how far Morton and Princeton (25-5) can go.

A LOOK AHEAD: Morton will meet Peoria Richwoods (21-7) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals of the Rock Island Sectional. Rock Island (19-8) and LaSalle-Peru will collide at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the other semifinal. The championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The four 3-point contest sectional qualifiers from the Washington Regional are Washington’s Mark Roth and Corey Sharp and East Peoria’s Jacoby Cotton and Alex Cline.

FINAL MID-ILLINI STANDINGS: 1. Washington 12-1; 2. East Peoria 8-5; 3. Morton 8-6; 4. Dunlap 7-7; 5. (tie) Canton and Metamora 6-8; 7. Pekin 5-9; 8. Limestone 3-11.

NO SECOND CHANCES: There’s no doubt that Morton caught a bad break when East Peoria lost to Pontiac and didn’t play Washington in a regional/Mid-Illini game, but the Potters hurt their chances to finish in second place in the Mid-Illini by losing twice to Pekin. The Dragons won just three Mid-Illini games on the court. Two of their conference wins were Limestone forfeits.

ROCKETS FIZZLE: Limestone’s tumultuous season ended with a 38-28 loss Wednesday to Peoria Richwoods in the Class 3A Richwoods Regional semifinals. The 28 points scored by the Rockets was the second-lowest in team history. Limestone fell 34-27 to Richwoods in overtime on Dec. 11, 1960.

DOCTOR DREW: Drew Heinzmann scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Dunlap past Rock Island Alleman 60-54 Monday at the Galesburg Class 3A Sectional. The Eagles fell 69-54 to Rock Island on Tuesday and their season came to an end.

Comments? Questions? Contact Steve Stein at: stevestein21@yahoo.com 


Mid-Illini Week in Review - March 1, 2009 - By Steve Stein

THE BIG STORY: Ironically, the big story involves a game that WASN’T played. A power outage Friday afternoon caused by a blown transformer canceled the East Peoria at Washington game. Washington didn’t want to move the game to East Peoria because of Senior Night activities. East Peoria didn’t want to play Saturday because it has an Illinois High School Association Class 3A Regional game at 7:30 p.m. Monday vs. Pontiac at Washington, and a couple players had other commitments Saturday. Washington’s Senior Night activities will be held Tuesday during the Panthers’ Regional semifinal game at Torry Gymnasium. The opponent could be East Peoria if the Raiders defeat Pontiac.

GOLD MEDAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Things happen in life and you just have to overcome some things. That’s what we’re doing here. We’re keeping our heads strong and playing the game like it should because we love playing the game. “ -- Limestone star Donivine Stewart, commenting Friday on the Rockets’ eligibility problems after he scored 40 points in a 68-54 win over Dunlap. The Rockets regrouped and won three of their last four Mid-Illini games after losing stars Marquis Lobdell and Demarius Sumrell when they were declared ineligible by the IHSA. In an 80-68 win over Metamora, Limestone made nine of its first 10 3-point shots and it finished 10-of-21 beyond the arc. In addition, the Rockets were 21-of-30 on 2-point shots.


SILVER MEDAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We didn’t lose this game.
Canton won it.” -- Classy Farmington coach Tom Wierzba after his team’s 70-66 loss Monday to the host Little Giants in a Class 2A Regional opener. It was Wierzba’s final game after 26 years as Farmington’s coach.

BRONZE MEDAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “This is a tough place to play, but I always feel we walk out of here a better basketball team.” --
Washington coach Kevin Brown after the Panthers’ 57-47 win Tuesday over Morton at the Potter Dome. The Panthers have won five in a row at Morton after losing four straight there.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: In only his second game at point guard, East Peoria’s Bryce Donaldson scored 28 points and dished out 10 assists Tuesday in the Raiders’ 79-59 win over Pekin. Donaldson stepped in for Joe Kelch, who is out with an ankle injury.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: Sophomore forward Tyler Lundeen scored 30 points and freshman point guard Will Headean had 17 along with seven steals Friday as they led Morton past Metamora 68-56 in a double-overtime marathon. The two underclassmen combined for 18 of the Potters’ final 21 points, and they made 12 of their 13 free throws during the game. Headean scored the only five points of the fourth quarter.

THIS KID IS ALL RIGHT: Another sophomore made headlines Tuesday.
East Peoria’s 6-8 Dylan Sparkman scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ victory over Pekin.

SPEAKING OF KIDS:
Morton Junior High School’s Illinois Elementary School Association Class 7-4A state champion boys basketball team was honored at the Washington-Morton game. The Junior Potters are coached by Matt Yarcho, who recently reached the 400-victory plateau.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Morton held Metamora to just four points during the game’s final 16 minutes (the fourth quarter and the two overtime periods).

UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK: Sophomore reserve Jordan Fouts scored 17 points -- all in the second half -- to help
Canton beat Farmington. Fouts made 7-of-10 shots from the field. His 3-pointer put the Little Giants ahead for good at 62-60. Canton sealed the victory by making eight consecutive free throws.

SPIES IN THE STANDS: With no game to coach,
Washington coach Kevin Brown and assistant coach Eric Schermerhorn were spotted in the stands at the Potter Dome scouting the Metamora-Morton game. If all goes well for the Panthers in the Regional, they’ll face Metamora or Morton for the championship (see item below).

A LOOK AHEAD: If
Washington and East Peoria meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, it will be both a Regional semifinal game and a Mid-Illini game. While the No. 3-ranked Panthers have clinched their fifth consecutive Mid-Illini championship, East Peoria can finish all alone in second place with an upset victory. The Raiders are 8-5 in conference play. Morton finished 8-6. In a rematch that is for certain, Morton will face Metamora at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the other Washington Regional semifinal game, just five days after their double-overtime thriller. Is another classic on the horizon? The Washington Regional championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

KUDOS: To the surprising Metamora girls basketball team, which made it all the way to the Class 3A Metamora Sectional finals before losing 63-41 Thursday to No. 2-ranked Peoria Richwoods. The Lady Redbirds finished 20-12 in a year where a season-ending injury to a starter and a five-game losing streak could have derailed them for good. Here’s a quote from Metamora coach Kathy Wainman: “As I told the girls tonight, I’ll talk about this team for years to come because they never gave up.”

FULL DISCLOSURE:
All quotes were from Peoria Journal Star stories.

Comments? Questions? Contact Steve Stein at: stevestein21@yahoo.com


Mid-Illini Week in Review - February 22, 2009 - By Steve Stein
THE BIG STORY: Limestone’s record fell from 18-3 to 0-21 Tuesday after it was forced by the Illinois High School Association to forfeit its 18 victories for using ineligible players in those games. The Rockets are now 1-22 after a 51-50 win Friday over Morton and a 76-52 loss Saturday to Peoria Richwoods.

TRIPLE THREAT: Limestone made 10 3-point shots -- five by Tyler Christiansen -- in its victory over Morton that gave the Rockets a 1-11 record in the Mid-Illini. Donivine Stewart’s two free throws with 6.7 seconds left won the game.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “They’re battling,” Limestone coach Dan Sparrow said to Journal Star reporter Greg Stewart about his revamped starting lineup. “We’re just trying … to get ready for the post-season.”

SOPH STAR: Remember the name Tyler Lundeen. The Morton sophomore continues to impress. He scored 21 points in the loss to Limestone.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zeke Schneider, Metamora’s 6-foot-9 center, pulled down 17 rebounds and blocked eight shots in the Redbirds’ 53-42 win Friday over Canton. Schneider’s presence in the middle was a big reason why the Little Giants shot just 25 percent from the field (14-of-57).

STAT OF THE WEEK: Metamora is 4-0 vs. Canton this season.

COMEBACK KIDS: Down 40-28 in the third quarter, Dunlap rallied for a 66-56 win Friday over East Peoria. Dylan Garrison scored 15 of his 25 points during a 30-8 Dunlap run that turned the game around. The Eagles outscored the Raiders 31-14 in the fourth quarter, making 13-of-15 free throws.

UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK: East Peoria’s Bryce Donaldson scored 12 of the Raiders’ 14 points in the fourth quarter of their loss to Dunlap. He finished with 27 points.

WELCOME BACK I: Kevin Waibel returned to Morton’s starting lineup Tuesday when the Potters faced Peoria Notre Dame, and he had 15 points and six rebounds in a 58-48 loss. The 6-foot-7 senior suffered an ankle injury in late January.

WELCOME BACK II: Pekin junior Jake Francis suffered a knee injury in the football team’s Red-White pre-season scrimmage game. He underwent surgery and missed the entire football season. It looked like he was going to have to sit out the entire basketball season, but he’s played in Pekin’s last three games. Basketball coach Dave Mott said Francis would have been one of the Dragons’ top seven players if he hadn’t gotten hurt.

OUCH I: Washington sophomore guard Ryan Grebner is out for the remainder of the regular season after hurting his shoulder in the Panthers’ Feb. 14 game at Dunlap.

OUCH II: East Peoria sophomore guard Joe Kelch, son of Coach Ron Kelch, suffered an ankle injury during Friday’s loss to Dunlap and is expected to miss this week’s games. Coach Kelch wasn’t available for post-game interviews Friday because he took his son to the hospital.

A LOOK AHEAD: Washington plays Tuesday at Morton and returns home Friday to meet East Peoria as it attempts to put the finishing touches on its fifth consecutive Mid-Illini championship and a 13-1 conference season.


Comments? Questions? Contact Steve Stein at: stevestein21@yahoo.com

Mid-Illini Week in Review - February 15, 2009 - By Steve Stein

THE BIG STORY: This is easy. Citing violations of its transfer and residency rules, the Illinois High School Association ruled Limestone stars Marquis Lobdell and Demarius Sumrell ineligible Thursday, one day before the Rockets’ much-anticipated showdown with Washington.

With Lobdell and Sumrell -- two of the conference’s leading scorers and rebounders -- watching in street clothes from the bench, visiting Washington beat Limestone 67-50 Friday in front of a big crowd in Vern Woosley Gymnasium and took over first place in the conference.

Washington out rebounded Limestone 33-13. Lobdell and Sumrell average more than 17 rebounds per game between them. You do the math of what their loss meant to the Rockets.

Limestone plans to appeal the IHSA’s ruling, so stay tuned. The IHSA hasn’t decided if it will force the Rockets to forfeit their 18 victories.

HIGH FIVE: Washington beat Dunlap 62-46 on the road Saturday, taking another giant step toward its fifth consecutive Mid-Illini championship. 

STAT OF THE WEEK: Washington made 21-of-28 two-point shots against Limestone for a blistering 75 percent. (Journal Star.)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “You always want to compete against the best.” -- Washington coach Kevin Brown, talking about the Panthers facing a depleted Limestone team (Journal Star.)

UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK: Washington stars Dyricus Simms-Edwards and Ben Worner had a great running mate Saturday in Colton Underwood. The 6-foot-4 junior scored 16 points against Dunlap, picking up the slack in the second half when Simms-Edwards briefly lost his shooting touch and Worner was saddled with foul trouble (Journal Star.)

DE-FENSE: East Peoria held Metamora to just three points in the first quarter and 10 points in the first half Friday en route to a 55-43 victory (Journal Star.)

LUCKY NUMBER: Metamora made 13 consecutive shots, including four 3-pointers by J.D. Kamp, during the third and fourth quarters en route to an 89-71 win Saturday over Pontiac (Journal Star.)

NO SOPH TOUCH: Sophomore Tyler Lundeen scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Friday to lead Morton past Canton 61-51 (Journal Star.)

EXPENSIVE FREE THROWS I: Dunlap was 7-of-10 from the free throw line in its 44-40 victory Friday over Pekin. All those foul shots came in the game’s final 1:11 (Journal Star.)

EXPENSIVE FREE THROWS II: Morton was 22-of-24 at the free throw line in its win over Canton, including a 15-of-16 effort in the fourth quarter (Journal Star.)

JUST FOUR: Turnovers have plagued Pekin at times this season, but the Dragons lost the ball just four times Saturday in a 44-42 loss to Peoria Richwoods (Journal Star.)

A LOOK AHEAD: Washington is 10-1 in the Mid-Illini with three conference games remaining. It will host Pekin on Friday and East Peoria on Feb. 27, and travel to Morton on Feb. 24. If the Panthers win all three games, the title is theirs. Limestone is in second place at 9-2.

Comments? Questions? Contact Steve Stein at: stevestein21@yahoo.com


Washington Panthers Vs. Limestone Rockets - January 9, 2009 - By Steve Daggs     | Back |

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Washington's Dyricus Simms-Edwards (32) drives on Limestone's Randy Garske (14).
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Colton Underwood (54) guards Limestone's Donivine Stewart (32).

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Washington, IL - The Panthers were expecting a battle when the Limestone Rockets came into Torry Gymnasium in Washington Friday night in their first Mid-Illini Conference meeting of the season. And the Rockets did not disappoint, storming back in the second quarter to trail at the break 33-29. But the Panthers Dyricus Simms-Edwards owned the third period and kept Washington in front for a final score of 67-61.

Marquis Lobdell led the Rocket's scoring with 25 and some aggressive defense that contributed to the Panther's 22 turnovers to only nine for Limestone. The Rockets committed 16 fouls giving Washington eleven points from the stripe, shooting 69%. The Panthers got called twenty times, but Limestone's 50% free throw shooting hurt them in the end.

The real damage was done by Simms-Edwards, with 27 points to lead the Panthers scoring. He knocked the Rockets off-course with a flurry of offense in the third quarter that kept Washington in front, but not without a couple of runs by the Rockets, who never led in the second half.

Simms-Edwards' efforts were aided by eleven from Ben Worner and nine from Robert Izaguirre. Mark Roth came off the bench and nailed three treys for a total of nine points adding to the Panther's balanced attack.

Donivine Stewart had 18 for the Rockets, including four of Limestone's five from beyond the arc. Demarius Sumrell had ten and Randy Garske eight to round out Limestone's scoring and a rather poor 35% field goal percentage for the game.

The loss leaves Limestone with a 3-1 record in the Mid-Illini and 12-2 overall, with their other loss to Moline in the Pekin Holiday Tournament. Next up for the Rockets is a trip to the Potterdome on January 16th to take on the Morton Potters.

Washington's record is 2-1 in the Mid-Illini and 9-3 overall. They will visit Pekin on January 16th and face the Dragons in a Mid-Illini Conference match-up.


Washington Panthers Vs. Richwoods Knights - December 30, 2008 - By Steve Daggs | Back |
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Washington's Dyricus Simms-Edwards (32) drives the baseline against Richwood's Tony Frazier (24).
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Ben Worner (20) brings the ball down.
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Pekin, IL - The second seeded Richwoods Knights needed to get by the Washington Panthers in the third round of the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament if they were to have a shot at the tournament championship on New Years Eve in Pekin in the 44th edition of this holiday classic.

But the Panthers would prevail with a 47-30 win. "For whatever reason, we were out of sync, so you've got to give Washington a lot of credit," stated the Knight's head coach, Mike Ellis.

Maybe the tone of the contest was set when the Panther's Dyricus Simms-Edwards opened the second quarter scoring with a jam to go up 13-10. Simms-Edwards had 12 in the first half, giving Washington a 25-15 margin at the break.

Richwoods out-scored Washington 9-5 in the third period and pulled to within six at 30-24. With 4:35 to go, Washington's Ben Worner hit a three from the corner that stretched the Panther's lead to 13 at 39-26.

With both team's subs in the game for the final 1:33, Washington extended their lead to 17 and the final score of 47-30, to send the Panthers to the championship round against the Moline Maroons. The Knights would meet the Freeport Pretzels in the third place game also on Wednesday.

Early in the first quarter, Washington went to a zone defense. "We had no intention of playing zone tonight," Panther head coach Kevin Brown said. It was a successful move that kept Richwoods penetration down.

"Our kids did a great job of stepping up and getting rebounds," Brown continued. Washington had 26 rebounds to Richwood's 19. Turnovers were even at eight.

"The difference in the game was their shots in the paint verses our shots in the paint," commented Ellis. "We were too perimeter oriented." Simms-Edwards was the big beneficiary, constantly driving the baseline, scoring a total of 16 to lead the team. Jontell Lindsay led the Knight's scoring with 8.

In the Championship game on Wednesday night, Washington lost to Moline 38-37 on a three-point shot at the buzzer by the Maroons Justin Blondell.   Richwoods defeated the Freeport Pretzels 59-31 for third place in the tournament.

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Morton Potters Vs. East Peoria Raiders - December 19, 2008 - By Steve Daggs      | Back |

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Morton's Cody Anderson (41) drives the lane on East Peoria's Bryce Donaldson (22).
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East Peoria's Alex Cline (left) and Cole Nieukirk (right) battle Morton's Cody Anderson (41) for a loose ball.
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Morton, IL - Coming off a home court loss to Limestone, the East Peoria Raiders headed to Morton looking for a solid "W". Using a Donaldson-Kelch one-two punch and a scrappy defense, the Raiders held on to win 66-62.

In the first three minutes, the Raiders jumped out to a 9-2 lead on a Jacoby Cotton trey. But Morton's Drake Taphorn's three-point shooting set up a 16 all tie at the close of the first frame. At the break, East Peoria held on to a three-point lead at 31-28.

The Potters outscored the East Peoria 23 to 14 in the third quarter, leading 51-45 at the close of the period. With 3:22 left in the fourth period, a Bryce Donaldson layup put the Raiders back on top for good at 54-53.

With :45.9 left in the game, the Potters had battled back to at three-point deficit at 62-59. A Morton foul put Joe Kelch on the line where he made one of two (63-59).

A Kelch steal with :26.4 to go led to another foul and Kelch went 1-2 again (64-59). With :14.0 to go, Donaldson was fouled and made two of two to lead 66-59, which pretty much sealed the Potter's fate. Will Headean rounded out his 12 points with a three at the buzzer to make the final 66-62 Raiders.

Donaldson had 24 for the Raiders, including two threes. Kelch hit five treys and 17 total points for the game. Taphorn came off the bench for 15, including three from beyond the arc, to lead the Potter's scoring. Headean had a total of 12 with a pair of threes.

The win gives East Peoria a 2-1 record in the Mid-Illini and an overall record of 4-3. The Raiders visit Woodruff on Saturday and are headed to the Carbondale Holiday Tournament, where they meet H. L. Richards High School from Oak Lawn, Illinois, on December 27th.

The Potters are 2-2 in the conference, 4-2 overall. They will play Hersey in the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament opening round on December 29th.


Morton Potters Vs. Dunlap Eagles - December 9, 2008 - By Steve Daggs      | Back |
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The Potter's Will Headean led Morton's scoring with 16, including three three-point goals.
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Drew Heinzmann (22) led the Eagles with 16 points.
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Morton, IL - The Potter's defense held the Eagles in check, allowing their first score on a Drew Heinzmann field goal at the 6:11 mark in the first quarter with the score at 18-2 Morton.

Kevin Waibel picked up his third foul with 5:14 left in the first half. Waibel eventually fouled out.

With 2.8 seconds left in the half, the Eagles picked up a player technical foul in the huddle sending the Potter's Will Headean to the line scoring the free throw. Headean had 11 first half points. Morton led Dunlap 38-7 at the half.

Wes Noel opened the second half scoring with a three and started a Dunlap comeback that cut the Potter's lead to 22 at the close of the third quarter.

Noel made a layup with 3:17 left in the game to cut Morton's lead to 17 at 54-37. Noel scored a three from the corner followed by a pair of made free throws by Drew Heinzmann to cut the lead to 14 at 56-42 with 1:56 left in the game. Another Eagles three with :35.8 left made the score 57-45 Morton an that was as close as Dunlap would get.

Will Headean led Morton's scoring with 16, including three three-point goals. Coach Schupp played the entire bench with all scoring except for Brett Bisping. Drew Heinzmann topped Dunlap's scoring with 16.

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