Saturday night was a battle between the two last-place teams in the Mid-Illini Conference.


Saturday night was a battle between the two last-place teams in the Mid-Illini Conference.

 

However, it was just the opportunity that the Dunlap boys basketball team needed to snap their 11-game losing streak, beating Canton 47-45.

 

Dunlap (7-15, 2-9) needed a late shot by junior center Sam VanDenAvond to get the win, though. VanDenAvond missed a free throw with 14.2 seconds left, but got his own rebound and made the put-back shot.

 

VanDenAvond scored the final six points for the Eagles, including a layup that tied the game at 45-all with 32.8 seconds left. He also started the game off with a two-handed dunk, the first that coach Rick Schertz can remember in a game.

 

VanDenAvond went 8-for-11, scoring 16 points, along with having eight rebounds and eight blocks.

 

Canton had one last chance to try and take the game back. But, with Dunlap’s Andrew Angevine guarding Canton’s Jordan Fouts, all Fouts could do was pass to Levi Draughan, who could not get a shot up before the game ended.

 

This is the Eagles’ first win since beating Decatur Eisenhower 44-43 during a holiday tournament.

 

Dunlap plays next Friday at East Peoria High School, followed by a home game against Limestone on Saturday.

 

They will end their regular season on Feb. 25 with senior night at home against Pekin.