A strong second half Dec. 21 gave the East Peoria boys basketball team an opportunity.
But Dunlap had enough left to emerge with a 46-40 triumph in a clash of teams seeking their first Mid-Illini Conference win.
The Raiders outscored the host Eagles, 25-19, over the final 16 minutes, but it was not enough to overturn a 12-point deficit at the break.
Karson Buckley of East Peoria (1-8, 0-5) made a pair of 3-pointers to generate a game-high 14 points.
Six other Raiders got in the scoring column, including Mitch Gnehm with six points and Benett Crim with five.
Brett Renner and Alex Sorenson compiled 13 points apiece for the Eagles.
Orthopaedic Institute/Carbondale Holiday Tournament
East Peoria lost three times over the weekend in the 49th annual event that was pushed back one day by heavy snowfall.
Check back at this website and see the Jan. 9 edition of the East Peoria Times-Courier for a tournament recap.