The Pekin boys’ basketball team improved to 8-2 overall with a 47-32 Southeast Iowa Super Conference victory Friday night at home versus Wapello.
The Panthers trailed 6-7 after the opening period, but outscored their visitors 15-7 during the second eight minutes of play to take a 21-14 lead into the locker room. Pekin then out paced the Indians 12-7 in the third quarter and 14-11 during the final frame for the 15-point SEISC win.
Dayne Eckley, Jr., 14 points, six rebounds, one steal and three blocks
Cameron Millikin, Sr., 10 points, one assist and three steals
Kennan Winn, Jr., eight points, four rebounds, one assist and six steals
Brady Millikin, So., six points, one rebound, one assist and three steals
Caleb Comstock, Sr., four points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals
Also scored: Nick Tschudy three points and Brayden Sobaski two points
“Wapello is a little under-valued in our conference and while they don’t score a lot, they also hold teams to low totals, so we knew it would be a challenge to get to 40 points for the game. We couldn’t get our skip passes or swings going and we committed too many turnovers. We finally started rebounding and pushing the ball and we knew that would make them struggle in transition defense and that’s when we really took off.”
“We have some talented guards that are a lot of fun to watch and they’ve played together a lot so it’s become pretty secondary for them. They push the ball, look ahead and think where’s my buddy at.”
“It wasn’t our best shooting night by any means, but the threat of them getting hot keeps teams out there and then that creates an opening at the high post as you saw tonight.”
“We started a little slow but our defense created that spark in the second quarter and we just put the pedal to the metal after that.”
“Our offense wasn’t really going good and sometimes you just got to rely on your defense and that’s what we did. You can’t always score 60 points per game, but if you hold them to 30 you should win a lot of games.”
Next: Pekin hosts 3-9 Winfield-Mt. Union tonight