Raiders' second result better vs. Panthers
- Notre Dame scored enough points to win a defensive struggle with the East Peoria boys basketball team Jan. 21.
Notre Dame scored enough points to win a defensive struggle with the East Peoria boys basketball team Jan. 21.
The Irish emerged with a 47-33 victory in game three of five in the River City Shootout at Bradley University's Renaissance Coliseum.
Sean Mulhern paced the Raiders with eight points.
Bryce Markum of East Peoria had six points, and teammates Jakob Burtis and Michael Thompson added five apiece.
The Raiders held ND multidimensional scoring threat Nic Reynolds to six points, but Peter Hanley was 6-of-8 from the floor to net 12 points.
The Mid-Illini Conference went 1-2 in the 21st annual event as Limestone beat Manual and Morton lost to Central.
Washington 67, EP 24
The Raiders were doomed again by a slow start Friday, but improved from the first meeting with the Panthers.
East Peoria fell to 1-7 in the Mid-Illini Conference, still in a seventh-place tie with Morton.
"For us, I would say that we never cashed it in," EPCHS head coach Matt Wright said. "We kept fighting the whole game."
With six points, Mulhern was the Raider scoring leader at Torry Gymnasium. Burtis chipped in five in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders used two timeouts, but still fell behind 17-0 in the first 4:13 of the game against the No. 4-ranked team in the Associated Press Class 3A state poll.
Kieran Buckley got East Peoria on the scoreboard with 3:23 left in the first quarter. The Raiders did not score in the first half Dec. 1 against the Panthers.
Mulhern had East Peoria's other four points, including an old-fashioned three-point play, as the visitors trailed 25-6 at the end of the period.
The only Raider points of the second quarter came on a Benett Crim field goal that interrupted Washington runs of 9-0 and 7-0.
After consecutive buckets in the third period by Mulhern and Kieran Buckley, the Panthers scored the last 17 points from five different players.
East Peoria found its range in the final quarter, outscoring Washington (20-1), 12-7.
"From the last game, we obviously knocked down a few extra shots," said Wright. "We definitely took forward steps from last time we played."
Burtis swished a 3-pointer at the six-mute mark. Mitch Gnehm did the same at 3:50.
Burtis made two free throws with 2:41 to go. The last points of the evening came when Raider Hayden Burtis dropped in a trey.
Valparaiso University signee Alec Peters had a game-high 21 points for Washington on 7-of-9 shooting.
East Peoria's progress also was noticed on the other team bench.
"They've definitely gotten better since we played them early," said Panther head coach Kevin Brown of the Raiders. "They play hard for 32 minutes."
Illinois Valley Central 63, EP 47
An 18-6 shortfall in the second quarter made the second half an uphill climb for the Raiders Saturday.
Karson Buckley made three 3s to account for a team-high 14 points in Chillicothe.
East Peoria (2-16) also received 11 points from Kieran Buckley, who was 6-of-8 on free throws.
The Raiders got back within single digits after outscoring the Grey Ghosts 15-9 in the third period.
Mulhern had nine points and Crim six in East Peoria's third setback of the week.
Austin Johnson's 16 points guided IVC (11-9).