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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Redbirds receive first M-I loss

  • The Metamora varsity boys basketball team suffered its second loss of the season and first Mid-Illini Conference loss to Washington Community High School.

    The 58-51 defeat Jan. 14 at Washington left the Redbirds with four players scoring.
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  • The Metamora varsity boys basketball team suffered its second loss of the season and first Mid-Illini Conference loss to Washington Community High School. The 58-51 defeat Jan. 14 at Washington left the Redbirds with four players scoring. The Panther’s sophomore Louis Griffith racked up 28 points in the game and made eight 3-pointers to contribute to the score. “When you let their best shooter shoot unguarded all night long, that’s what happens, that was a game changer,” said coach Danny Grieves. Washington put in the first basket of the game and held the lead for all four quarters. Josh Dixon brought it to a one-point deficit at 4:59 when sent to the line for the and-1 after a layup to make it 7-6. Washington doubled the spread with a field goal and a 3 to make it 12-6, but shots by Joe and Nate Kennell and Dixon brought it to 15-11 going into the second. Joe opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 2-point jumper just outside the paint. Washington answered back with a quick seven points before the Redbirds called its first timeout at 5:25. Washington called its first timeout at 3:16 after Metamora came back with four points and forced turnovers on the Panthers. Dixon came out of the timeout to score a 3 from the left corner to make it a two-point game at 22-20. Griffith put in another 3 on the next offensive drive for the Panthers. Joe closed the scoring out after getting fouled at the three-point line to make two of his three free throw attempts to make it 25-22. The Panthers came into the third quarter to put in five points before Grant Billimack made his first basket of the night. Metamora forced a quick turnover on Washington’s next possession when Joe put in a fieldgoal and got sent to the line on an and-1, which he made, to make it 30-27. Billimack scored Metamora’s last two points for the third with a shot under the net after an assist by Joe at the 1:15 mark. Washington then called a timeout and Griffith came out to sink a 3 in the last seconds to go into the fourth with the Panthers ahead, 42-32. The Redbirds had its high scoring quarter in the fourth with 19 points and held Washington to 16. Nate opened the scoring in the fourth with is first 3 of the night from the left after an assist by Joe. He came back to put in another two points on Metamora’s next offensive drive to close in on the Panthers at 42-35. Washington’s Tanner Smith got his big dunk of the night at the four minute mark to make it a ten-point game, 47-37. “We just kept losing. It didn’t matter what we had planned,” Grieves said. Billimack scored Metamora’s next eight points with two 3’s and a field goal at the top of the key. Washington called a timeout at 1:12 and the remainder of the game was spent at the free-throw line with both teams in bonus. Joe went to the line three times to make all six of his attempts to wrap up the Redbirds’ scoring for the game. Joe led in scoring with 16 points. Billimack was next at 15 and Dixon and Nate each put up 10 points to contribute. “All of our mistakes we made are very fixable. We’ll be back,” said Grieves.
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