Morton avenged a January boys basketball defeat.

Morton avenged a January boys basketball defeat.

The Potters scored 38 points Friday to register a 66-49 Mid-Illini Conference victory at East Peoria.

Morton’s Ryan Altenberger sank five 3-pointers to lead all participants with 24 points.

The Potters were ahead by 15 points at the break before putting away the Raiders with a 16-9 margin in the fourth quarter.

Jared Liddle added three treys to provide 17 points in Allison Gymnasium for the guests.

Isaac Stephens of Morton narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Dan Bolt had eight points for the Potters and Jake Starkey chipped in seven.

East Peoria, which beat Morton 59-56 in overtime Jan. 9, was topped by Ian Milsteadt’s 20 points.

MHS 46, Canton 36
The Potters denied the Little Giants a second straight league win Saturday.

Morton (12-16, 9-4) won for the fifth time in its last six outings after outscoring host Canton 15-6 in the final period.

In the process of winning their fifth conference game in a row, the Potters locked up an overall finish of no worse than a third-place tie.

Morton will take a one-game lead over fourth-place Pekin into Friday’s Senior Night home game against Washington, the No. 10-ranked team in last week’s Associated Press Class 3A state poll.

Against the Little Giants, Liddle had 17 points to lead all scorers.

Seven others provided offense for the Potters in Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium, including Altenberger with seven points.

Zac Sprecher led Canton with 10 points. The previous night, the Little Giants snapped out of an 0-11 skid in M-I play with a 42-32 win over Limestone.

Canton followed Limestone, Dunlap and Pekin as teams Morton swept in the conference series this winter.

Posteason: Morton is the No. 6 seed in its own 3A regional.

The Potters will meet third-seeded Normal University in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The Pioneers and Morton just met Feb. 10 with U-High prevailing in a 72-63 decision.

The winner will advance to face No. 2 seed Richwoods at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the semifinals.

Top-seeded Washington will square off against either No. 4 seed Notre Dame or fifth-seeded East Peoria at 6 p.m. March 4 in the other semifinal.

The regional title game will occur at 7 p.m. March 6.