Washington controls Potters

Bryan Veginski
Morton boys basketball assistant coach Luke Overcash presents a game ball to Core Construction, represented by Clint and Stephanie Heinold and family. Core was one of several local businesses that sponsored Gameball Run 2014, an event to raise awareness and money for Children's Hospital of Illinois.

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.