Jeff Walraven thinks the venerable Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium in Canton is one of the best high school basketball venues in the area.

"It has a hanger look, like the old Robertson Field House at Bradley," the Pekin boys basketball coach said. "The backgrounds are good for shooters, and even if there's a big crowd, it doesn't feel like the fans are right on top of you."

Built in 1949 inside two surplus World War II airplane hangers, Robertson was demolished by Bradley in 2008 to make way for Renaissance Coliseum.

Walraven's team demolished Canton on Friday night at Ingersoll Gym, beating the Little Giants 61-27 in a Mid-Illini Conference game.

The Dragons led 32-15 at halftime and outscored Canton 18-2 in the third quarter to move in front 50-17 en route to their third straight win.

The Little Giants (4-16, 1-8) shot only 21 percent from the field (11-for-53) and took only four free throws, making one, on their home court, which was built in 1930 and has a seating capacity of 2,100.

"Our defense was very good against Canton, and that jump-started our offense," Walraven said. "When you play good defense, that takes pressure off your offense."

Ten players scored for Pekin (10-11, 6-3), led by Adam Cash with 17 points. The freshman had a perfect night shooting, with 6-for-6 from the field including a trio of triples and 3-for-3 at the foul line.

Christian Hill and Jace Link each scored eight points for Pekin and three players had six points -- Jack Halstead, Max Jones and Patrick Torrey.

Link also had seven rebounds, but teammate Brady Grashoff was even better with eight boards. Grashoff also had four assists to go along with four points.

Pekin shot 59 percent from the field (22-for-37) and outrebounded Canton 38-22.
Jake Smith led the Little Giants with 15 points. His teammates scored a combined 12 points.

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