Morton trips Titans

Bryan Veginski

The Morton boys basketball team enjoyed a triple dose of positive events Friday.

Not only did the Potters defeat non-league foe Chicago Collins for the second year in a row at home, 70-53, but sophomore guard Will Headean made his return after missing 10 games.

To top off the evening, Morton leaped back into a tie for first place in the Mid-Illini Conference after Washington lost in an overtime shocker at Metamora.

The Potters and Panthers both were 7-1 in the M-I prior to yesterday’s games.

Against the Warriors, Morton head coach Steve Schupp said Brett Bisping provided some good minutes in tallying a game-high 17 points.

Lundeen had 11 points, Dalton White 10, Adam Kumpf nine and Eric Waibel eight.

Seven other Morton players scored for a team that was up 53-27 entering the fourth quarter.

Andre Stoutmire led Collins with 14 points.

MHS 50, Chatham Glenwood 46

The Potters won for the second time this season against the Titans Saturday.

Morton (13-2) had a chance to put away the game, but did not always capitalize on some nice looks.

“Our shot selection was good, we just didn’t knock them down,” Schupp said.

The Potters led 14-5 after one period, but Chatham Glenwood stayed in range.

Lundeen’s 21 points paced all scorers.

“Tyler had a solid game,” said Schupp. “He did some really good things.”

Bisping had nine points and Austin Voeller seven for Morton.

Tyler Thurston guided CG with 19 points.

The Potters are getting closer to full strength.

“We’re gradually getting Will back,” said Schupp. “He is going to instrumental in what we do.”

Senior guard Tate Anderson, however, had four pins inserted in his left hand. He will be out for an undetermined time.

Players have stepped up all season to fill voids created by injuries and illnesses.

“We’ve had a lot of guys fill in admirably. I feel really confident in our depth,” Schupp said.

Morton has a lot of challenges coming up in the last nine games of the regular season.

“I hope we’re starting to round into shape. I feel good about what we’re doing,” Schupp said. “From here on out, it’s a dogfight.”

Postseason: Team seed “meetings” are next week for Class 3A.

Morton is part of the Ottawa Sectional complex.

The Potters join Washington, East Peoria and Metamora in a five-team Limestone Regional field that also includes the host Rockets.

Morton currently is 3-1 against teams in the regional.

Pairings should be determined by Feb. 12.

The Ottawa and Hampshire sectionals feed into the DeKalb Super-sectional.

Update: A Morton win Tuesday at Pekin, coupled with a Washington home loss to Canton, put the Potters on top of the Mid-Illini Conference by themselves.