Pekin’s Brady Millikin was just two assists short of a triple double against Cardinal in area boys basketball play Saturday.
Panthers pounce on Cardinal
PACKWOOD — Pekin led visiting Cardinal in the Super Conference non-divisional game after each quarter, 25-16, then 41-25, and 57-41 before salting away a 72-47 win. Millikin produced an incredible stat line for the Panthers with 15 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and was 7-of-8 on his free throws.
Brayden Sobaski’s defense resulted in six blocked Cardinal shots, with nine rebounds, and six points.
Brock Long 21 scored points with Cael Lyle adding 13 points and seven rebounds. Luke Long tallied seven points and nine rebounds. Chandler Stull contributed eight points and six assists.
Ravens outlast Huskies
RIVERSIDE — In its third road game of the week, Hillcrest Academy edged Highland 41-36 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division tilt.
Highland led 12-7 after one quarter before the Ravens took a 26-23 lead at the half with a 19-11 second-quarter advantage. Halftime must have been tough as the Ravens scored a single point in the third quarter and Highland just six. The Ravens took a 32-29 lead three minutes into the fourth quarter. Eli Ours knocked down two free throws from a Highland player technical foul and it was a 36-33 Ravens lead with two minutes remaining. Hillcrest converted 12 free throws in the final stanza, including five from John Hughes, four from Eli Ours and three from Aiden Krabill.
Hughes had 16 points and six rebounds. Ours went 7-of-7 from the line on his way to 14 points, two assists and two steals. Noah Miller notched five points, five rebounds and two steals. Aaron Hershberger had six rebounds. Luke Schrock and Krabill each scored three. Krabill grabbed five rebounds, two steals and gave up two assists.
“We kept our composure down the stretch when things got even more physical,” Hillcrest head coach Dwight Gingerich said. “Each of our guys made big plays, including Aiden taking a pair of charges, which proved to be big.”
Hillcrest is 6-4 in the North, 8-5 overall, and next plays at Louisa-Muscatine Tuesday.
Third quarter woes doom Van Buren County
KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County had a halftime lead, but a disaster third quarter led to a 65-48 loss against Davis County.
VBC led 31-29 at halftime and looked to be in position to make a run at their first win of the season, but the Mustangs outscored the Warriors 18-3 to take a 47-34 lead into the fourth quarter. VBC couldn’t rally back.
Cascade falls at Mid-Prairie
WELLMAN — The Golden Hawks are alone in second in the River Valley Conference after a 50-40 home win over the Cougars. A 24-23 lead at halftime was 43-29 after the third quarter.
Carter Harmsen scored a game-high 16 points, shooting 6-of-10 from the field. Mid-Prairie was 57 percent from the field as a team and out-rebounded the visitors 47-34 behind Aidan Rath’s nine boards. Ethan Kos had 10 points and five rebounds. Will Cavanagh scored nine points while passing for five assists and Harmsen doled out four assists.
Winfield-Mt. Union runs past WACO
WINFIELD — WACO scored six points or less in every quarter as Winfield-Mt. Union won 48-15, snapping a four-game losing streak in the rivalry.
WMU led 7-4 after the first quarter, 18-10 at halftime and 37-13 after three quarters.
Abram Edwards went 8-for-10 from the field to finish with 19 points for the Wolves. Bryce Wade and Cam Buffington each scored 14.
WACO’s Simeon Reichenbach led his team with nine points. Zach Schmitz, Tyler Sutton and Reece Oswald scored two points apiece.