It was snowing lightly outside East Peoria's Allison Gymnasium on Saturday night. Inside, it was raining triples.
Pekin and East Peoria made 17 three-point shots in a Mid-Illini Conference boys basketball game.
The visiting Dragons built leads of 17 points in the second quarter and 25 points in the third quarter before heading home with a 56-46 victory.
Pekin was 9-for-18 from behind the arc and East Peoria was 8-for-21. Nine players -- five Dragons and four Raiders -- made at least one triple.
Behind those statistics were a big bounce-back win for Pekin (2-5, 2-1) after a disappointing 45-44 loss the previous night at Canton in a conference game and a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Raiders (3-3, 1-2) that gave the Dragons some anxious moments down the stretch.
"This was a big win for us. Our guys showed some resiliency," said Pekin coach Jeff Walraven. "We played much better at both ends of the court than we did against Canton.
"We got the same outside shots (against East Peoria) that we were getting against Canton. The difference was we were making them," he said. "A lot of our guys have a green light to shoot a three if it's within our offense."
Walraven also was happy to see his team go 12-for-25 in the paint against East Peoria.
"We made our layups. We were finishing except for a few we missed at the end of the game," he said.
East Peoria coach Matt Wright said his team's goal in the third quarter was to get Pekin's lead under 20 points. The Raiders did that. They were down 45-26 at the end of the quarter.
As for the fourth quarter, "we wanted to make things interesting," Wright said. "We wanted to create some chaos, to make Pekin play faster. We did that, and we did a better job defensively of getting in their passing lanes."
East Peoria's Cole Morton scored 16 of his game-high 21 points after Pekin had gone ahead 40-15 with about three minutes left in the third quarter.
Thanks in large part to Morton's outburst, after being down by 23 points early in the fourth quarter (51-28), the Raiders closed the gap to single-digits (53-44) on a 3-pointer by Mitch Ingold with 1:03 left.
"Morton got incredibly hot late in the game," Walraven said. "He was making off-balance shots with a hand in his face. When someone does that, more power to him. Give him credit."
Wright gave credit to Pekin's defense for his team's offensive frustrations most of the game.
"Our offense was stagnant a lot of the time," he said.
Ben Cash led Pekin with 13 points and Jace Link had 10. Mason Carr and Zach Sullivan each had eight points. Cash, Link, Sullivan and Carr each had two triples and Carter Taphorn had one.
Cash also had a game-high seven rebounds.
No one other than Morton (8-for-11 from the field, 5-for-7 on triples) scored in double figures for East Peoria. Brandon Pate had nine points. Ingold, Pate and Brock Crippen also had a 3-pointer for the Raiders.
East Peoria big man Jacob Teegardin watched the game in street clothes from the bench with his right foot in a walking boot. The 6-foot-8 senior has missed most of the season because of an ankle injury.
"Jacob is going to the doctor Tuesday. Hopefully he'll get a clearance to play," Wright said. "I feel bad for him. He worked so hard in the off-season to improve."