Boys prevail in 2 OT vs. Canton

Bryan Veginski

The Morton boys basketball team emerged the winner Friday in a top-notch boys basketball game.

In double overtime, the Potters kept their Mid-Illini Conference lead with a 72-69 decision over visiting Canton.

“It was a terrific game,” MHS head coach Steve Schupp said. “Both teams played very well.”

Morton improved to 10-1 in the league, one game up on second-place Washington.

The Potters and Panthers renew their rivalry at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Washington’s Torry Gymnasium.

Brett Bisping paced Morton against the Little Giants with 21 points. He was 8-of-9 at the free-throw line.

Tyler Lundeen, who was 5-of-6 at the stripe, added 17 points for the Potters and Will Headean 16.

It was the biggest output for Headean since returning to the floor Jan. 29.

“Overall, we stayed to the game plan as well as we could,” said Schupp.

Morton overcame a 30-point night by Canton’s Matt Putrich and 21 by Jordan Fouts

to prevail.

The home team led 27-23 at halftime.

“I thought early on our focus on defense was really good,” Schupp said.

After losing the third quarter by 10 points, the Potters outscored the Little Giants 24-18 in the fourth to force the first extra session.

Dalton White chipped in eight points for Morton, which swept a team that could be dangerous in the upcoming Class 2A postseason.

White was a big contributor in the third and fourth quarters.

“Dalton came in and gave us a nice spark of energy,” said Schupp. “He had some very significant, positive minutes for us.”

The victory was the seventh consecutive for the Potters and fifth in a row at the Potterdome.

Morton held Canton long-range shooter Justin Rollett to one three-point basket.

Schupp said there was a tremendous crowd on hand for both teams, creating a lively atmosphere.

Normal U-High 52, MHS 45

The Pioneers upended the Potters Saturday in a non-conference matchup.

Morton (17-3) was led by Adam Kumpf and Headean, who produced 12 points apiece on the road.

Bisping and Lundeen both tacked on eight points and Drake Taphorn five, but U-High pulled off the upset.

Bryn Agnew was the Pioneers’ leader with 16 points.

The Potters were limited to five points in the first quarter.

Although Schupp said Morton never fully hit its stride, the boys gave themselves an opportunity in the second half.

“We made a great run and had a chance to tie it down the stretch,” he said.

The Potters, who were nicked by more illness issues Monday, still are working to reach their peak. 

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

The Potters will face No. 3 seed Limestone in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. March 3.

Despite two recent conference losses, Washington held on to the top seed.

The regional final is set for 7:30 p.m. March 5.