Two boys basketball teams smarting from tough losses the previous night collided Saturday night.

East Moline United Township got back on the winning track, defeating visiting Pekin 69-45 in a non-conference game.

United Township led 23-6 after the first quarter and the Dragons (5-10) never recovered.

Class 4A No. 7 United Township was stunned 55-51 Friday night by Class 1A No. 5 Peoria Quest Academy in the gym at the former Peoria Woodruff.

A few miles away at Washington, Pekin fell behind 37-21 after three quarters and a furious comeback fell just short in a 50-48 Mid-Illini Conference defeat.

"We missed a lot of shots and East Moline (14-2) made a lot of shots," Pekin coach Jeff Walraven said about the first quarter ofSaturday's game.

"East Moline likes to shoot triples," Walraven said. "We'd rather they do that with our high hands in their face instead of going inside, but they made their shots."

The Panthers finished 8-for-23 on three-pointers.

North Dakota University recruit Traveon Buchanan led United Township with 22 points including 5-for-8 on triples.

Backcourt mate De'Ante Walker had 16 points. Buchanan and Walker combined to shoot 13-for-20 from the field.

Izaya Sims had 13 points for United Township. The 6-foot-4 forward shot 5-for-7 from the field.

Zach Sullivan topped Pekin with 11 points, shooting 3-for-5 on triples. Jace Link had nine points and Mason Carr had four rebounds for the Dragons.

United Township beat Pekin 52-34 on Dec. 28 in the quarterfinals of the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament.

It was the only loss suffered by the Dragons in the tournament. They won three of four games, including a 53-34 win over Washington on Dec. 28 after falling to United Township.

"We need to be more consistent," Walraven said. "In our three wins at the tournament, we never felt out of the game even if we were losing. We didn't hurry. We didn't rush.

"It didn't feel like we were in control for the first three quarters (Friday) against Washington or (Saturday) against East Moline. We need to do what we can do well. We need to execute at a high level."

Pekin will play twice at home at Dawson Hawkins Gym this weekend. The Dragons will face Mid-Illini foe Metamora on Fridaynight and non-conference rival Peoria Richwoods on Saturday night.

The Dragons edged Richwoods 49-47 in overtime Dec. 27 in an opening-round game at the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament.