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Washington Times-Reporter - Washington, IL
  • Panthers crush Raiders, Canton

  • The Washington boys basketball team is the Moline Martin Luther King Classic champion for the third consecutive year.

    The Panthers completed a 4-0 run through the two-day event with victories Jan. 21 over Chicago Noble Street Charter/Bulls College Prep and Moline.
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  • The Washington boys basketball team is the Moline Martin Luther King Classic champion for the third consecutive year.
    The Panthers completed a 4-0 run through the two-day event with victories Jan. 21 over Chicago Noble Street Charter/Bulls College Prep and Moline.
    Washington took little time to assert itself against Noble, with a 23-5 margin in the first quarter that led to a 64-22 win.
    Panther Alec Peters had 17 points to lead all scorers.
    Also in double figures for Washington was Troy Adams with 13 points.
    Connor Schone provided nine points on 5-of-6 free-throw shooting, Tucker Harlan added eight and Mason McCoy seven.
    No Noble player had more than five points.
    Four players in double figures generated a 54-40 Panthers' win over Moline in the tournament finale.
    Adams was the leader for the game with 18 points.
    McCoy had 11 points and Harlan and Peters 10 apiece as Washington remained perfect in the 2013 portion of the season.
    Brandon Vice topped the Maroons with 16 points.
    The Panthers won their four games in the Quad Cities by an average of 29.8 points per game.
    Peters and Adams were selected to the all-tournament team. Peters was named the Most Valuable Player.
    WCHS 67, East Peoria 24
    The Panthers used another first-quarter sprint Friday to overwhelm the Raiders again.
    Washington led 17-0 at the 3:47 mark on the way to completing a Mid-Illini Conference sweep of guest East Peoria.
    In those two victories against their Ill. Route 8 rival, the Panthers allowed only 16 points per game.
    Despite having a 21-point lead just 8 minutes, 37 seconds in, Washington did not dial down its intensity.
    "The kids were incredibly focused," WCHS head coach Kevin Brown.
    Alec Peters racked up 21 points, including 17 in the first half, on 7-of-9 shooting.
    McCoy was stellar in the first 10 minutes, getting involved in the action at both ends. In a week when he also signed with Illinois Central College to play baseball, McCoy's energy was infectious.
    "We talk every day about giving teammates energy," said Brown, who added it seemed like there were two of McCoy on the floor.
    On a McCoy lob, Peters scored the first basket of the night. Twenty-four seconds later, McCoy made a steal and lay-up.
    Back-to-back 3-pointers by Alec Peters and Adams gave the Panthers a 10-0 cushion at the 5:25 mark.
    Washington was far from done as Peters hit two free throws before a Harlan three-point play assisted by McCoy.
    After East Peoria used its second timeout of the first quarter, Cade Jackson fed Adams to establish the 17-point margin.
    Consecutive field goals by Harlan and McCoy gave the Panthers a 25-6 lead at the end of an opening period in which they shot 9-of-14.
    Page 2 of 3 - Washington, ranked No. 4 in the Jan. 23 Associated Press Class 3A state poll, registered the first nine points of the second quarter.
    McCoy's steal set up a Harlan fastbreak hoop. Peters then canned another trey.
    Buckets by Schone and Peters made it 34-6 with 4:04 left until halftime.
    After the Raiders' lone points of the period, Washington scored seven more to lead by 33 at the break.
    Grant Johnson drained a 3 for the Panthers, then Peters produced an old-fashioned three-point play before McCoy split two free throws to close out the half.
    Washington realizes every game is important now that it is in the final third of the regular season.
    "We're getting to the point where we need to sharpen up everything," said Brown.
    The Panthers outscored East Peoria 19-4 in the third quarter after making 6-of-10 field goals.
    Peters, who also had a team-high with five rebounds, kept others around him involved.
    "Alec did a nice job in the second half getting his teammates the basketball," Brown said.
    Harlan had 12 points, missing only one attempt total in one of his finer games.
    In one sequence that demonstrated the Panthers' unselfishness, Harlan could have maneuvered for a lay-in, but instead passed off to Peters for an even better look.
    Adams also was diving on the floor for loose balls, even with a 30-plus point differential.
    Johnson provided Washington a big lift as the team gets closer to reaching full strength.
    He connected on a triple at 3:09 and made a steal and lay-up 47 seconds later for a 57-12 separation.
    Dominic Carrol scored on a putback with 55 seconds left in the third before drawing a foul on the next Panther possession.
    Fourteen Washington players saw action. Among the fourth-quarter offensive contributors were Lou Griffith with two free throws and Chris Stephens with a basket.
    East Peoria put up a bigger challenge for the Panthers than in the teams' Dec. 1 meeting.
    "They've definitely gotten better since we played them early," said Brown of the Raiders. "They play hard for 32 minutes."
    Johnson finished with eight points and McCoy seven for the Panthers, who were 23-of-49 from the floor.
    WCHS 64, Canton 50
    Another strong start Saturday carried the Panthers to a victory at Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium.
    Washington (20-1, 8-0) won its eighth game in as many tries in January and ninth consecutive overall after outscoring the Little Giants 15-3 in the initial eight minutes.
    Peters led all scorers with 27 points as the Panthers moved back to two full games in front of Metamora in the M-I.
    Griffith had a breakout game with 12 points, while Adams and Harlan tallied eight apiece.
    Page 3 of 3 - Cade Fawcett made seven 3s to pace Canton, which is missing 2011-12 first-team all-conference guard Hunter Rhodes for the rest of the season, with 22 points.
    Washington won the second half, 36-31, to complete the win.

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