Pekin boys blast Wolves for sixth win
PACKWOOD — The usual suspects once again recorded big games for the Pekin boys’ basketball team Tuesday.
Junior Cade Millikin scored 16 points with eight assists and five steals, classmate Jared Bond totaled 15 points and 11 boards off the bench, and the Panthers rolled to their third straight win, blasting Winfield-Mount Union 63-43 in Packwood.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who can assume the lead role if need be,” Pekin head coach Ken Hutchinson said. “I was really pleased with what Jared did off the bench. He was 5 of 5 on free throws and he also took a few charges, so he was all over the place for us.”
Thanks to the Panthers’ defense, the host team was able to grab an early advantage in the first half. The Wolves were held to eight points in the first quarter and Pekin led 26-15 at the halftime break.
“We still haven’t been able to put a whole game together, but we had a goal in the first half to really dig in defensively, and we did that,” Hutchinson said.
The lead was never relinquished, although Hutchinson noted his team let up on defense in the second half. The Panthers rolled into the fourth quarter holding a 50-29 advantage and tacked on 13 more points in the fourth.
Pekin’s Seth Jensen scored 12 and Graham Wittrock netted nine points. Brody Long had nine rebounds and Petie Clubb dished out six assists.
The Panthers (6-3, 5-3 SEISC North), winners of six games in their last seven tries, will play at WACO Friday before heading into the holiday break.