Morton overpowers Little Giants

Bryan Veginski
Postseason path determined: Eric Waibel, a Morton junior, knocks down Cole Nieukirk of East Peoria Feb. 7 during a boys basketball game. The Potters last week were awarded a No. 2 seed in the five-team Class 3A Washington Regional.

The Morton boys basketball team won its third consecutive game Friday.

A 61-51 home victory over Canton lifted the Potters to 6-5 in the Mid-Illini Conference and completed a sweep of the Little Giants.

Tyler Lundeen registered 20 points for Morton to lead all scorers at the Potterdome.

The Potters were an incredible 22-of-24 at the free-throw line. Lundeen went 8-of-9 and Will Headean, who added 12 points, was 5-of-5 at the stripe.

Kevin Waibel totaled eight points for Morton, and Tate Anderson and Adam Kumpf collected six apiece.

Zach Pritchard’s 15 points led Canton, which dropped to 4-9 in the conference.

The Potters made up for a nine-point deficit at the three-point arc with a huge advantage on the boards.

Normal U-High 37, MHS 32 (OT): The Potters lost Saturday despite shutting out the Pioneers in the fourth quarter.

With 11 points, Lundeen was the lone player to reach double figures for Morton (12-9).

Headean and Kumpf, who made two more treys, tallied six points apiece for the home squad.

The fourth quarter was nearly a standstill, with the Potters outscoring U-High 3-0.

The Pioneers, who were paced by Kyle English’s 13 points, doubled up Morton in overtime, 10-5.

Postseason: Morton is the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A Washington Regional.

The Potters will meet No. 3 seed Metamora at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the semifinals.

Top-seeded Washington faces either No. 4 seed East Peoria or fifth-seeded Pontiac at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the other semifinal.

The regional-title game is set for 7:30 p.m. March 6.