East's quest for state title ends in semifinal loss

PEORIA, Ill. (WIFR) East will have to settle for the consolation game after losing 94-82 to Evanston in the state semifinals Friday night.

The E-Rabs fell behind by as much as 21 before making a late fourth quarter push, but the Wildkits' three-point shooting proved too much for the NIC-10 champions.

Seniors Chris Burnell and Sha'den Clanton led the way for East as they scored 26 and 20 points respectively.

Junior Sincere Parker struggled from downtown and shot 1-for-8 in the game and finished with 13 points.

As a team, Evanston shot better from three point land than the field as it finished 12-for-19 from distance. Blake Peters hit seven of the team's three's as he netted a team-high 27 points.

The E-Rabs will play for third place at Carver Arena on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.