Despite losing three players to fouls and allowing 30 points to Dillon Lain, the Pekin boys basketball team never trailed and led by as many as 22 points on the way to a 71-60 Class 1A, District 10 semifinal win over the Wayne Falcons on Tuesday night at Lakeview Gymnasium in Centerville.
Brody Long led the Panthers with a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double. Jared Bond also produced a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Neither player made it to the end, however, as both Pekin big men joined teammate Eric Adam on the bench with five fouls before the final buzzer.
The balanced of the Panthers won the day as Lain, a senior, scored half of the Falcons points. Pekin, meanwhile, staked a 12-4 lead in the opening minutes of the contest and would never let the lead dwindle below double figures after a 10-0 run late in the first half opened the Panthers’ lead to 39-22.
Petie Clubb added 11 points for Pekin, who will take a 19-3 record into the Class 1A, District 10 championship game Thursday night in Bloomfield at 7 p.m. That winner will play for a berth in the Boys State Basketball Tournament on Saturday in Oskaloosa.
Wayne got 11 points from Tyler Jamieson in the loss. The Falcons finish the season with a 13-9 record.