With this week’s sports schedules all cattywampus thanks to Mother Natures “love” she keeps freezing raining all over us, the last game the 13-3 Pekin Panthers played was Feb. 1 at the SEISC shootout where they took on the No. 3 team in Class 1A, New London.
Pekin led 16-13 after eight minutes of play, but the Tigers out paced the Panthers 20-17 in the second frame to tie the game at 33 a piece at the half. The scoring slowed to a crawl in the third period as defense took over and New London grabbed a three-point edge heading into the final quarter of play. Unfortunately, the Tigers pulled away for a 61-52 victory.
“There’s a reason they’re 17-0,” said Pekin head basketball coach John Swanson. “They can play a lot of different tempos. They speed up, they slow down, they grind you out. Those grind out possessions really hurt us, where they’d run a lot of clock and end up getting a score.”
As for running with the undefeated Tigers?
“It was a good start. We were excited about the way we played. It’s tough getting a loss, but at the same time, neutral site against one of five undefeated teams in 1A, and the score probably wasn’t really indicative of the game. We missed a few layups at the end of the game and they hit theirs, and that’s pretty much it.”
Caleb Comstock 16 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals; Cameron Millikin 11 points, two assists and one steal; Brady Millikin 11 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block; Kennan Winn eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block; Dayne Eckley six points, six rebounds and one steal.
After having games against Wapello and Mediapolis delay, the Panthers will host Holy Trinity on Valentine’s Day.