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Streator dominates Devils to win for 6th time in last 7 games

STREATOR — It took all of 19 seconds for the Streator Bulldogs to take the lead Friday evening in their Interstate Eight Conference meeting with Peotone.

They never gave it up.

The Bulldogs scored 19 seconds in on a putback by junior post Jimmy Tredway and led from that point forward here at Pops Dale Gymnasium in a 48-24 doubling-up of the visiting Blue Devils. Streator — winners of six of its last seven and back in the thick of the Interstate Eight race — is now 9-11 overall (5-2 on the I-8 loop). Peotone falls to 4-20 (2-7).

"We're just trying to play team basketball, really," said Tredway, who was 4 for 4 from the field in the first quarter as the 'Dogs took control. "We were just passing it around, trying to get it through the zone and get easy buckets.

"We've definitely turned around the whole season. From 3-10 to where we are now, that's been real good."

Tredway's game-opening offensive rebound and bucket prompted Peotone coach Eric Peppmuller to immediately call a timeout just 21 seconds into the game, but it didn't help as the Blue Devils — playing without a pair of regular starters — found themselves down double digits after an Amarion Ford bucket (Logan Colter assist) toward the tail end of the first quarter and never truly challenged that deficit.

"We know in their place on a Friday night, they see our record, and they're going to be predators to start the game," said Peppmuller. "I told my guys they had to be ready for a blitz, and right away I got the impression they weren't. That was the timeout.

"Streator played great defense. Those are some hard-working kids they've got ... and if you're missing some people, sure it's tough, but Streator hustled their butts off on defense."

The Bulldogs' lead reached 25-9 by halftime and zenithed at 26 points, 39-13, late in the third quarter. Both Tredway and fellow starting post Grant Mascal finished with 10 points, while point man Mason Benning scored a game-high 12 and added a team-best five rebounds to a balanced effort on the boards.

Amarion Ford (seven points, two steals), Xander Ward (four points), Christian Bedecker (three assists) and Chase Ramon (three assists, two steals) also paced a Streator team which outshot Peotone 43.5 percent (20 of 46) to 22.0 percent (11 of 50) from the field, outrebounded the Blue Devils 35-22 and did not send its visitors to the charity stripe for a single free-throw attempt.

Kyle Gasik scored nine points to lead Peotone.

"I thought it was a good team effort," said Bulldogs coach Beau Doty, "and it's been nice the last two home games (versus Herscher and Peotone) to jump on teams early. ... (Peotone) missed some shots, and we weren't nearly as good defensively as maybe the statistics show tonight ... but the nice thing for us is we've put ourselves in the position where we have three really good teams in the conference left to play and we control our own destiny as far as the conference race, a game back in the loss column to Westmont and Coal City.

"That's something that didn't seem like a possibility maybe a month ago, but we've started to play some better basketball, and I think our confidence is growing. Now we just have to make sure we keep things trending in the right direction."

The Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday night with a visit to St. Bede Academy before a home-heavy final two weeks of the regular season.

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At Pops Dale Gymansium, Streator

Streator 48, Peotone 24

(Key: FG-FGA FT-FTA TP)

PEOTONE (24) — Walsh 2-6 0-0 4, S. Bettenhausen 1-9 0-0 2, Love 0-3 0-0 0, Gasik 4-8 0-0 9, D. Bettenhausen 1-7 0-0 3, Hunter 1-6 0-0 2, Bias 0-1 0-0 0, Newton 0-3 0-0 0, Pilgrim 0-3 0-0 0, Wenzel 1-1 0-0 2, Balmar 0-1 0-0 0, Kilbekis 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 11-50 0-0 24.

STREATOR (48) — M. Benning 4-11 3-4 12, Ford 3-12 0-0 7, Bedecker 1-1 0-0 2, Mascal 4-8 2-2 10, Tredway 5-6 0-0 10, Ramon 0-1 0-0 0, Colter 0-1 0-0 0, Houch 1-1 0-0 2, Spears 0-1 1-2 1, A.J. Benning 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Ward 2-2 0-0 4, Good 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-46 6-8 48.

Peotone (4-20, 2-7) 5 4 9 6 — 24

Streator (9-11, 5-2) 16 9 14 9 — 48

3-point goals - Peotone 2-21 (Gasik 1-1, D. Bettenhausen 1-6, Bias 0-1, Newton 0-1, Pilgrim 0-1, Kilbekis 0-1, Walsh 0-2, S. Bettenhausen 0-4, Hunter 0-4); Streator 2-14 (M. Benning 1-5, Ford 1-6, Mascal 0-1, Ramon 0-1, Good 0-1). Rebounds - Peotone 22 (Hunter 6); Streator 35 (M. Benning 5, four players with 4). Assists - Peotone 7 (S. Bettenhausen 2, Gasik 2); Streator 14 (Bedecker 3, Ramon 3). Steals - Peotone 7 (S. Bettenhausen 3); Streator 8 (Ford 2, Ramon 2). Blocked shots - Peotone 6 (Hunter 3); Streator 2 (M. Benning 1, Mascal 1). Turnovers - Peotone 16; Streator 16. Total fouls (none fouled out) - Peotone 8; Streator 9.

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