Washington controls Potters
Washington prevailed Friday in a boys basketball game against Morton with Mid-Illini Conference and postseason implications.
The Panthers stretched out a narrow halftime lead in Torry Gymnasium and posted a 49-42 victory that could be pivotal in deciding the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Class 3A Manual Regional.
The Potters were led by Corey Dullard's 12 points on 7-of-9 free-throw shooting.
Morton (11-12, 6-5) dropped into a third-place league tie with Washington.
The rivals are one game ahead of fifth-place M-I teams Canton and Dunlap.
Jake Morsch added seven points for the Potters and Nick Taylor and Isaac Stephens scored six apiece.
Lou Griffith had a game-high 13 points for the Panthers, who have turned their season around with 13 wins in their last 16 games.
Washington won the regular-season series 2-1 after taking a Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament matchup, 49-47. Morton was victorious at home Dec. 20, 47-27.
Regional seeds: Postseason pairings will be revealed later this week.
Morton was 2-5 against the Manual Regional field prior to facing the Rams Tuesday in the Potterdome.
Besides the host school, Limestone, Washington, Central and East Peoria are at the 3A site.