The Pekin boys? basketball team improved to 7-3 with a 64-62 win over 4-6 Louisa-Muscatine on Jan. 5.
After leading just 14-12 through eight minutes of play, the Panthers outpaced their opponents in the second period 22-16, to take a 36-28 advantage into the break. Louisa-Muscatine actually outscored Pekin 16-14 in the third quarter, and 18-14 in the fourth, however, the Panthers were able to hold on for the crucial SEISC victory.
Cameron Millikin had an amazing game offensively. The junior sharp shooter scored 26 points, on just 10-15 shooting from the field, including 4-6 from the perimeter and 2-2 from the charity stripe. He also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Sophomore Kennan Winn added 11 points on just 3-3 shooting and 5-9 on his free throws. Senior Chandler and sophomore Dayne Eckley combined for eight points while each had six boards of their own to co-lead the team in rebounding.
Next up is a visit from 3-7 Mediapolis who has won three of their last four after starting 0-6 including a 60-39 loss to Pekin back on Dec. 1.
Van Buren boys? beat up Holy Trinity Catholic Tuesday night in Fort Madison, 71-49.
Although none of the Warrior boys recorded triple-doubles, several of Head Coach Fred Parsons kids had big games. Junior Mason McDonough led all scorers with 23 points on 9-10 shooting including 5-10 from the foul line. McDonough also grabbed 14 rebounds, made three steals and had two blocks.
Fellow junior Jacob Plecker had 15 points on 5-8 shooting including 5-7 from the perimeter. Plecker also had seven assists to lead the team.
Senior Jaeden Gerig also had a big game with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block.
Friday Van Buren will host 9-2 New London following the completion of the girls? game that tipsoff at 6 p.m.