Third-place position still attainable for Morton

Bryan Veginski
Jake Morsch, a Morton senior guard, elevates for a lay-up Feb. 18 during the boys basketball team's 57-51 non-conference home loss to Manual. The 12-14 Potters host East Peoria Friday.

The Morton boys basketball team concluded its four-game regular-season slate against the Mid-State 6 Conference Feb. 18.

A 57-51 home loss to Manual left the Potters winless in those non-conference matchups against the other metro large-school league. Each defeat was by single digits.

In this loss, Corey Dullard and Ian Saathoff co-led Morton with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Jared Liddle added eight points for the Potters, including 4-of-4 on free throws for a team that was 18-of-22 at the line.

M-S 6 champion Manual  received a game-high 15 points from Javon Lee.

Metamora 50, MHS 39

The Redbirds locked up second place in the Mid-Illini Conference boys basketball race.

Metamora knocked host Morton out of contention for that spot with a victory Friday.

The Potters led 15-14 at halftime, but the Redbirds took control over the final 16 minutes.

Dullard, Nick Taylor and Saathoff all had eight points for Morton, which lost for the eighth time in its last 11 games.

Isaac Stephens added seven points for the Potters and Liddle notched six.

Metamora swept the league series as Joe Kennell was 9-of-11 from the free-throw line to tally 23 points.

MHS 67, Canton 47

The Potters throttled the Little Giants Saturday to guarantee a non-losing M-I campaign.

Morton (12-14, 7-6) will enter the regular-season finale Friday vs. East Peoria in a third-place tie with Dunlap.

The Eagles, an upset winner over Limestone Saturday, face Pekin this week.

Saathoff was 4-of-6 from the floor and 9-fo-10 at the charity stripe to register a game-high 17 points in Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium.

Dullard had 13 points and Liddle 12 in the Potters’ second win this season over Canton.

Morton was ahead 19-1 after one quarter on the Little Giants’ home floor.

Stephens and Jonah Rumbold, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from the latter player, had seven points each.

Hunter Rhodes, as he has most of the season, led Canton with 24 points.

Postseason: Morton is the No. 4 seed in the Class 3A Manual Regional.

The Potters will face fifth-seeded East Peoria at 6 p.m. Monday in the quarterfinals.

It will be the second year in a row Morton and the Raiders have met in the regular-season finale and played again in the postseason opener.

The winner advances to play top-seeded Limestone, the eighth-ranked team in the Associated Press 3A state poll, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Washington-Central quarterfinal winner will meet No. 2 seed Manual in the other Tuesday semifinal.

The regional title game occurs at 7 p.m. March 7.