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Pekin boys' finals game, more postponed to Friday

Feb 21, 2013
Photo by: MICHAEL LEACH/Ledger photo Pekin junior Petie Clubb (12) tosses up a shot during playoff action in Packwood last week.

The looming winter storm dubbed ‘Q’ hasn’t even hit the nation’s midsection yet, but already it is having a major impact on boys’ district final games across the state of Iowa.

Among the many postponements is the Class 1A District 9 final between Pekin and Danville, originally scheduled to be played today in Muscatine. The game has been pushed back to 7 p.m. Friday, but it remains in Muscatine.

Danville, the runner-up finisher in the state tournament last season, has scored 84 points per game this winter and carries a 23-0 record into the finals game. The closest any team has come to beating the top-ranked Bears this season was a 70-58 win over Burlington Notre Dame on Dec. 18.

So far this postseason, Danville has rolled through its first two opponents, blasting New London 90-34 and routing Van Buren 80-40.

Pekin head coach Ken Hutchinson believes his team’s chances rely on a few simple things.

“Offensively, we need to play with much more confidence [than we did Tuesday at Keota]. All those jitters need to be out of the way. And defensively, we can’t afford to give them open looks. If we can contest every shot, we’ll have a chance,” Hutchinson said. “If we do those things, it’s a good game. If we don’t, it’s a blowout.”

Additional postponements include the Class 3A district final between Mount Pleasant and Williamsburg hosted by Fairfield High School, and Keokuk vs. Solon at Washington High School. Both games have been rescheduled for Friday.

Fairfield Middle School’s basketball games vs. Ottumwa scheduled today have been cancelled. The regular season finales will not be rescheduled.

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