Tuesday night at the Canton Regional proved to be a long one for the hosts. The Manual Rams steadily and methodically stretched their early lead and won convincingly, 63-44. Canton was within nine points midway through the second quarter, but the Rams led 33-15 at the break and never looked back. They were without star A.J. Riley due to academic issues, plus they substituted in waves, but no matter for the Little Giants. Jeff White led Manual with 19 points, and the rest of the points were spread out nicely amongst the entire Rams’ roster.(www.wbys.com). In the nightcap, Mid Illini Conference co-champ Morton, led by Seattle bound Brett Bisping, was never challenged by Limestone and won going away as well, 53-26. (www.ihsa.org)
Washington stormed out of the gate 10-2 at the Ottawa Regional against LaSalle-Peru after the Cavaliers scored the opening bucket. The Panthers scored early and often en route to a 40-13 halftime lead. The second half saw the barrage continue and the final score was 67-20. (www.wlpo.net). The second game of the night was barn burner. Metamora escaped a determined IVC team by a 56-55 margin. The Redbirds had a four point lead going into the fourth quarter and most thought the game was in hand, but the Grey Ghosts refused to falter. (www.centralillinoisnewscenter.com).
In Class 4A up at the Moline Regional, Pekin pulled off somewhat of a surprise in soundly defeating the defending Class 3A champs, Rock Island, 78-65, behind a solid effort on the part of Pat Taphorn. The Dragons will face off against the hosts Friday night. (www.pjstar.com) With Pekin having knocked Moline out of the football playoffs last fall, this should be a spirited affair.
Wednesday night’s local Regional action takes place at Dunlap. In the opener, Central takes on an improving Galesburg team and Richwoods squares off against Notre Dame in the finale. As Metamora and Rock Island found out Tuesday night, no team should be looking ahead come tournament time !