East Peoria bedevils Saints at Williamsville

Bryan Veginski
East Peoria junior Ian Milsteadt, pictured earlier this month, averaged 14 points in the boys basketball team's first two games Friday and Saturday in the Williamsville Holiday Tournament. The Raiders split vs. Springfield Calvary and Warrensburg-Latham in their debut in the event.

East Peoria upperclassmen Jakob Burtis, Ian Milsteadt and Bryce Markum gave the Springfield Calvary boys basketball team more than it could handle Friday.

In their debut game in the 21st annual Williamsville Holiday Tournament, the ninth-seeded Raiders scored a season-high in a 71-48 victory.

East Peoria registered the first 10 points in the opening-round contest and never were seriously threatened to win its second outing in a row.

Burtis had a game co-leading 20 points, Milsteadt collected 17 and Markum netted 16. They combined for seven 3-pointers.

The Raiders pushed a nine-point halftime advantage to 47-27 with a 15-2 spurt in the third quarter.

“In the third quarter, we strung together some stops and ran some nice offense,” EPCHS head coach Matt Wright said. “We pushed the ball out well.”

Burtis had 10 points in a stretch of 4 minutes, 9 seconds. Milsteadt, who registered seven points in the period, concluded the game-altering run with a trey.

The Saints converted two traditional three-point plays in the fourth, but it was not nearly enough to get the No. 8 seed back in the game.

East Peoria shot 6-for-12 in the last quarter, making it 14-for-25 (.560) in a 41-point half.

Between cashing in on transition opportunities, the Mid-Illini Conference entrant made 9-of-10 free throws.

Jakob Burtis and Hayden Burtis started a closing 9-2 spree with baskets assisted by Milsteadt and Markum, respectively.

Brendan Curtis made both of his late field-goal attempts, including one from 3-point land, to push the Raiders across the 70-point benchmark.

Milsteadt had two triples and Jakob Burtis added two conventional buckets, the first on a steal, to lift East Peoria to a 10-0 lead to begin the contest.

Calvary, however, trimmed its deficit to 16-12 before back-to-back 3s by David Perkins and Milsteadt.

An eight-point flurry by Markum in 1 minute, 36 seconds — on two treys and a drive to the hoop assisted by Drew Trau — returned the Raiders’ margin to 10 at 29-19 with 1:43 left until halftime.

“We really think when Ian and Bryce get off early, it helps us quite a bit,” said Wright of the tandem that combined for 19 first-half points.

Brock Crippen of East Peoria had eight points and a team-high six rebounds.

Joseph Martin had 20 points for the Saints. He was their only player in double digits.

Warrensburg-Latham 66, EP 52

The Raiders lost Saturday night to the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

East Peoria (4-6) was led in the quarterfinal by Milsteadt’s 11 points against the defending Williamsville champion.

Tyler Bond had 20 points for W-L, which won the night before, 63-8, over Decatur Christian.

Up next: The Raiders were scheduled to meet fifth-seeded Delavan Monday.

The winner played Tuesday for fifth place against No. 6 seed Tremont.