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Boys’ win streak now stands at 11
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jan 23, 2014

The Pekin boys’ basketball team extended its win streak to 11 on Tuesday with an 81-66 victory over Columbus (3-11).

The Panthers led by nine at halftime and continued to build their lead in the second half. The star of the game was senior Jared Bond, who finished with 35 points and a school record 24 rebounds, 16 of which came on the offensive end.

“Jared was huge for us,” Pekin coach Ken Hutchinson said. “He was truly a garbage man, doing the dirty work needed to keep us in the lead with so many of his teammates in foul trouble.”

Foul trouble certainly was a problem for the Panthers. Brody Long fouled out. Four other players finished with at least three fouls. Bond had to keep up with Columbus junior Chase Finke, who scored 28 points for the Wildcats.

Cade Millikin scored 15 points and dished out four assists. Petie Clubb scored 11 points and made a team high seven assists. Cole Reighard pitched in six points.

The Panthers (11-1) host Cardinal tonight and Louisa-Muscatine Friday.

The Pekin girls fell just short in their game, losing 46-44.

Columbus led 31-12 at halftime, but Pekin’s furious second half rally came up just short.

“We got off to a bad start and dug a hole for ourselves,” Pekin girls’ basketball coach Davis Eidahl said. “The girls played a great second half and we had several chances to win but fell just short. This was a great learning experience for the girls.”

Beth Atwood led Pekin with 15 points and five steals. McKenna Gambell scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Samantha Wright chipped in eight points.

Pekin (10-3) will look to rebound tonight against Cardinal.

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