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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Redbirds continue winning streak

  • The Metamora varsity boys basketball team continued its winning streak with a 63-44 win over the Dunlap Eagles Saturday.

    MTHS (7-0, 3-0) earned its victory over Dunlap (5-2, 1-2) with tough offensive pushes and a reliable defense to keep the Eagles at bay.
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  • The Metamora varsity boys basketball team continued its winning streak with a 63-44 win over the Dunlap Eagles Saturday. MTHS (7-0, 3-0) earned its victory over Dunlap (5-2, 1-2) with tough offensive pushes and a reliable defense to keep the Eagles at bay. Dunlap opened the scoring for the game to grab a quick 5-0 lead in the first two minutes and held onto the lead through the first quarter to close it 18-15. Joe Kennell was able to narrow that gap with two 3’s and Grant Billimack put in a 2-pointer and a 3. In the second eight minutes of the game, the Redbirds came out with a plan to score and they did. “I challenged their character a little bit right there at the end of the quarter,” said coach Danny Grieves. “Our kids accepted that challenge and really went after it.” Nate Kennell opened up the second with a 3 in the first 10 seconds and put in a layup shortly after to take a 20-18 lead in the first minute. Dunlap’s Jacob Taylor tied it up with a shot from the paint to contribute to the Eagle’s low seven points for the quarter. A quick pass by Joe to Josh Dixon gave the opportunity for a successful layup for another two points for Metamora. At the end of the first half, Metamora took the game-long lead at 29-25. Joe started the scoring for the Redbirds in the third quarter with a shot down under and was fouled for the and 1. His shot on the line was good and gained a 32-27 lead at the 6:40 marker. Michael Adams closed out the third with a shot under the net after an assist by Nate with under five seconds remaining. Metamora held the Eagles to 11 points in the third to secure a 10-point lead. “(We) tried to force some of the peripheral guys, some perimeter guys to take more shots and they did and it just happened to work out for us,” said Grieves. The final eight minutes gave Metamora its high-scoring quarter for 17 points. Dunlap’s Alex Sorenson started the fourth quarter with a jump shot but Dixon answered right back with a 3 at the 6:30 marker. With about one minute left in the game, Dixon gave the Redbirds its game-high lead at 60-41 over the Eagles. Joe put up 22 points on the board to lead the game in scoring with three 3’s four 2’s and making five out of his 6 free throw attempts. “Joe had a tremendous game. He’s obviously our leader on offense and defense and he brings so much energy to the game,” Grieves said. Metamora will head to Pekin for its fourth-consecutive Mid-Illini Conference game Friday.
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