Metamora boys win two games

Justin Miller

Metamora's boys basketball team has continued to roll through Mid-Illini Conference play.

The team beat East Peoria, 69-41, Friday on the road.

Metamora put the pedal to the medal from minute one and spent the first half racking up 36 points.

Alex Garber put his sharpshooting skills to the test by knocking down shot after shot over Raider defenders to lead the team with 13 points for the game.

Tianen Chen refused to let the Raiders get the best of him and popped shots from the perimeter to finish the night with 12 points.

East Peoria, for its part, could not set up an offensive rhythm with the tough Redbird defense breathing down its neck.

The speed and press of Metamora's defense ensured the team a 36-15 lead at halftime.

In the final two quarters, the Raiders were able to find a little more of a balanced approach with the ball and began to put points on the board.

Metamora, however, was in the driver's seat after the first half and never slowed down.

The team's second Mid-Illini win of the week came over Dunlap, 46-39, on the road Saturday.

Metamora established itself from the start again, racking up a 15-8 advantage.

Chen dominated the Eagle defenders with big shots from mid-range.

Chen led the team with 10 points for the game.

Throughout the first half, Metamora's offense poured on to pad the lead.

Dunlap's offense did not play poorly, but was unable to keep up with Metamora and trailed, 28-18, at halftime.

The Eagles cut into the Redbird lead in the third quarter by making perimeter passes to set up better shots.

Metamora's offense did not fall stagnant and put up enough shots to retain the lead.

Dunlap's continued level of performance continued to ensure Metamora could not relax during the game.

Down the stretch, in the final eight minutes, Metamora's defense clamped down and prevented the Eagles from completing the comeback.

The team next plays at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Pekin.