Galesburg (15-13, 5-3 WB6) at United Township (5-19, 2-6 WB6)

Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 7:06 pm
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By Marc Nesseler,
Tonight: United Township, riding its only two-game win stretch of the season, hosts Galesburg, still with a mathematical shot at the Western Big 6 Conference title, at 7:30 at the Panther Den, following the sophomore game at 6.

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On Saturday: The Panthers are idle; the Streaks are at Norridge Ridgewood for a 6:30 p.m. game.

Probable starters
F: Grant Gibson, 6-2, So. (20.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Ryan Carl, 6-5, Sr. (3.1, 2.7); G:Travon Diggins, 5-10, Sr. (7.6, 2.8), Carson Cheesman, 6-1, Sr. (0.9, 1.0) and Ethan Meeker, 6-0, Fr. (8.0, 1.5).

UTHS: F: Ryan Merideth, 6-2, So. (4.3, 2.8), Lamont Mitchell, 6-3, So. (8.2, 6.0) and Dalton Oakes, 6-3, Jr. (1.0, 1.8);G: Trevor May, 5-8, Jr. (5.7, 2.5) and Cody Vroman, 5-10, Sr. (2.5, 1.5).

Why watch: The game is intriguing on two fronts. For the Panthers, who finally can claim back-to-back wins after victories over Alleman and IVC last weekend, they hope to build on that. "Coming into this week, I thought the kids would be bouncing off of the walls and that I'd have to work to settle them down," UT coach Marc Polite said of the Panthers' weekend sweep. "But it has been the exact opposite. The energy level wasn't what I thought it would be, and we'd worked to build that back up. Still, we've had good practices." ... For the Silver Streaks, they need to win and then have help in order to capture a share of the conference title. If either Rock Island loses to Moline or Quincy falls at Alleman, Galesburg then would be cheering for the loser of those games the following week when the Rocks and Blue Devils close out the season at the Rock Garden. Galesburg, at 5-3, is a game behind both RI and Quincy at 6-2. … Galesburg will be trying to bounce back from a heartbreaking, last-second loss to RI, losing by one after a 20-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer. "Bouncing back is key mentally," said Streaks coach Mike Reynolds. "I still think we are playing and competing at a very high level right now." … This game also will be a building block for matchups in the 2013-14 and '14-15 seasons. The Streaks start a sophomore and a freshman and their sixth man is a sophomore. UT startstwo juniors and two sophomores.

Galesburg coach Mike Reynolds: "This is a BIG weekend for us as we head to the end of the season and into postseason play. Our guys know we are close to accomplishing big things, but in order to do that, we need to continue to play the way we are capable."

UT coach Marc Polite: "I'mnot even looking at this game in those terms (of having an impact on the WB6 finish). We've been there in years past where you are embedded in a conference race and there's a certain level of motivation. But we just want to keep improving and build momentum toward the postseason. That's our main focus."


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