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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Limestone sprints to win vs. Raiders

  • Limestone's quickness and athleticism ignited it in a decisive start to the Nov. 20 boys basketball game vs. East Peoria.

    The Raiders fell behind 20-1 in the first 4:46 of head coach Matt Wright's debut in an eventual 76-40 Mid-Illini Conference loss at Vern Woosley Gymnasium.
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  • Limestone's quickness and athleticism ignited it in a decisive start to the Nov. 20 boys basketball game vs. East Peoria.
    The Raiders fell behind 20-1 in the first 4:46 of head coach Matt Wright's debut in an eventual 76-40 Mid-Illini Conference loss at Vern Woosley Gymnasium.
    The contest in Bartonville also tipped off the five-game Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament.
    "Those guys are good. No doubt about it," Wright said of the Rockets. "They are going to compete for the conference championship."
    East Peoria's Adam Sommer had all of his team-high 10 points in the second half, during which he made 5-of-7 shots.
    Hank Mathews topped four Limestone double-figure scorers with 19 points.
    Lorenzo Burns was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to tally 16 points off the bench for the Rockets.
    The Raiders did not have a basket until the 2:23 mark of the first quarter on a Michael Thompson lay-up.
    The second period went considerably better as East Peoria tied Limestone at 13.
    Although the pressure they faced was less intense, the Raiders made progress after the initial Rocket salvo.
    "We did get a little more organized and communicated better," said Wright.
    Sean Mulhern was aggressive with the ball, going to the free-throw line three times in a span of 1 minute, 7 seconds.
    He made 5-of-6 attempts at the charity stripe while East Peoria held Limestone scoreless for the first 3 minutes, 30 seconds of the second quarter as the visitors got within 29-9.
    Mulhern finished 7-of-10 from the charity stripe to total nine points.
    Karson Buckley canned the lone Raider 3-pointer to halt a 9-1 Rocket run and make it 38-13 with 3:04 left until the break.
    East Peoria points by Benett Crim and Aaron Scully kept the separation at 25, 42-17, at halftime.
    Sommer hit his first three shots of the third period as the teams played to a 10-10 deadlock over a 3:08 span.
    The Rockets then pushed the lead past 30 points for the first time during a 10-2 spurt.
    Sommer had two more field goals in the fourth quarter. Reid Meeks also got in the scorebook for the Raiders with the final deuce of the night with 47 seconds remaining.
    East Peoria stayed composed after the Limestone advantage swelled.
    "We tried to pull together. That's progress in my eyes," said Wright.
    Galesburg 57, EP 23
    The Raiders had just two points in the first and fourth quarters Nov. 21 in a loss to the tournament host.
    Mulhern and Buckley had six points to guide East Peoria.
    The Silver Streaks led 32-11 at halftime before putting the game away in the fourth quarter.
    Marcus Ross had 13 points to lead a balanced Galesburg attack.
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    The Maroons did most of their damage in the first half Friday, outscoring the Raiders by 14 points.
    Buckley led East Peoria with 12 points, one more than teammate Mulhern.
    Mitch Gnehm added nine points for the Raiders in their first of two games on the day.
    Nine different Moline players scored.
    Chicago Englewood 61, EP 54
    The Raiders gave themselves a chance Friday with a 17-9 margin in the third quarter before Englewood held on for the victory.
    Mulhern and Gnehm tallied 16 points each.
    Buckley and Sommer provided eight points apiece.
    Englewood outscored East Peoria 25-10 in the second period to take a 37-24 lead at the halfway mark.
    EP 52, East Moline 41
    The Raiders won for the first time under Wright with an 11-point decision Saturday.
    Sommer's 16 points guided a balanced East Peoria (1-4) squad.
    Gnehm and Thompson had nine points, Mulhern eight and Ryan Slusher six.
    The Raiders had a 32-point second half to derail the Panthers.
    East Peoria had a 13-point surplus, 19-6, on free throws.
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