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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Loss to Canton ends MJHS seventh-grade season at 14-11

  • Morton Junior High School’s seventh-grade boys basketball season ended with a record of 14-11.
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  • Morton Junior High School’s seventh-grade boys basketball season ended with a record of 14-11.
    The Junior Potters lost to Canton, 41-26, in the championship of a Class 4A regional Jan. 22 after winning five of their previous six games to get to that point.
    Tommy Kuhl had six points and two assists, while Alec Bazzetta chipped in five points and four steals.
    Evan Pfeifer also had five points.
    Jake Martin led MJHS with six rebounds. Zach Byrne added five boards.
    The Junior Potters opened the postseason Jan. 19 with a 37-20 victory over Pekin Edison.
    Martin had a team-leading 10 points and three rebounds.
    Byrne and Bazzetta caused havoc for the Edison offense with eight and seven steals, respectively.
    Kuhl and Byrne had five points apiece, and Bazzetta distributed six assists.
    Edison did not score until there was 30 second left in the first half.
    Morton avenged two previous losses to Pekin Broadmoor with a 21-20 regional semifinal win Jan. 21 over the Bruins.
    Martin had six points and shared team honors with Byrne with nine rebounds.
    Bazzetta and Vinny Massaglia contributed five points for the Junior Potters.
    Earlier in the month, Martin’s 13 points and five boards guided MJHS to a 45-37 victory over Germantown Hills.
    Bazzetta also had a big day with 11 points, five steals and three assists.
    Byrne collected five rebounds and three assists, to go along with six points.
    Pfeifer also had six points for a Junior Potter squad that won each of the first three quarters.
    Morton blasted East Peoria, 53-13, Jan. 10 as 12 players scored.
    Pfeifer and Bazzetta had nine points, while Martin supplied eight.
    Massaglia produced seven points and four rebounds.
    The Junior Potters were ahead 32-4 at intermission.
    A first-half shutout Jan. 16 sparked Morton to a 40-9 victory over El Paso.
    This time, 13 players got in the scoring column, including Massaglia’s eight points.
    Bazzetta was credited with four steals and three assists.

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