PEKIN — Brody Long certainly made an impact on the opening postseason game for the Pekin boys basketball team on Thursday.
Twenty-eight points and 15 rebounds worth of impact, in fact.
For Long, however, the two points that made the biggest impression on him were two put in by cousin Keaton Winn. Of the 10 points that the Panther sophomore scored on Thursday night against Seymour, no two stood out more than the two that were produced on a thunderous break away slam dunk.
It was by far the highlight of an overall dominant night on the hardwood for Pekin, which picked up an 88-31 in the second round of Class 1A, District 10 play against the Warriors.
“That was pretty intense,” Long said of Winn’s slam. “I feel pretty good for him. We dunk a lot during practice, so I know he can do it. That was rare, but awesome.”
Long got his night off to a great start, scoring on a feed right to the post right off the night’s opening tip-off while being fouled. The game-opening three-point play got the Panthers on the road to their 18th win of the season as Pekin scored the first seven points and put 29 on the board by the end of the first quarter.
“We fed the post a lot. That’s really all it was that worked for us. Making that first basket right off the bat didn’t hurt,” Long said. “Jared (Bond) fed me four or five times, which usually doesn’t happen. I just felt good and I was making shots, so we figured why change anything.”
Coming off two-straight wins over Bluegrass rival Melcher-Dallas, including a win at the end of the regular season that ended on a last-second basket and a tight five-point postseason win over the Saints on Monday, Seymour could not match up with the physically dominant Panthers. Warrior co-head coach Jeff Johnston talked about the problems in the post that Pekin presented throughout the contest, which led to Seymour grabbing just five rebounds all night.