Working overtime: Pekin boys win twice
One overtime victory wasn’t enough, so the Pekin boys’ basketball team decided to accomplish the feat twice last week.
The Panthers held off WACO for a 57-53 overtime victory Thursday, then once again displayed their nerves of steel Friday for a 64-57 win in overtime.
On Thursday, Pekin withstood a late-game rally from WACO to score 10 points in overtime. The Panthers led 31-29 at halftime before being held to 16 points in the second half.
Pekin was paced by junior Cade Millikin’s 20 points and seven steals as well as junior Brody Long’s 17 points and 13 rebounds. Pekin senior Graham Wittrock scored 12 points to go with six assists, while junior Petie Clubb chipped in four points. Seth Jensen, a senior, blocked four shots.
Pekin again caught fire in overtime Friday, scoring 11 points in the four-minute period while holding Wapello to just four. Led by Wittrock’s 27 points and 10 of 10 free throw shooting, the Panthers came back from a 28-21 halftime deficit.
Also on Friday, Long had his second double-double in as many days with 13 points and a team-high 15 rebounds. Millikin finished with eight points, 10 steals and seven assists; while Clubb had seven points and seven assists. Jared Bond provided five points off the bench, and Jensen scored four and hauled in nine boards.
The clutch Panthers (8-4) will be back on the road Tuesday with a game at Columbus.
Wright leads Pekin
WAYLAND — Freshman Gwynne Wright poured in 19 points on six treys Thursday as the Pekin girls squeeked by WACO 42-36.
The Panthers played through the first quarter down 10-9 before taking the lead for good in the second period. Pekin opened up the second on a 9-2 run and had a 22-18 advantage at the intermission.
Gwynne Weight also finished with four steals. Teammates Beth Atwood and Samantha Wright scored seven points each. Jessica Horras tacked on four points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Wapello wins Friday
WAPELLO — The Panther girls’ string of away games continued Friday with a 36-31 loss to Wapello.
Beth Atwood’s 11 points led the Pekin offense, which went scoreless over the game’s first four minutes. Gwynne Wright chipped in nine points, and Madelyn Baker scored six.
On the defensive end, Atwood had five steals, Baker nabbed four and Wright had three steals.
The Panthers (6-8) take a trip to Columbus Tuesday.