Penn, Elverado make history as regular season ends
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
February 14, 2019
(Elkville & Ullin, Ill.) - The Falcons are rolling into this week’s IHSA boys basketball postseason on a three-game winning streak, defeating Joppa on senior night to close out the regular season with a school record 22 victories. The win also makes the senior class the winningest class in school history, despite starting off winless as freshmen.
Elverado came within a few points of taking a seven-game win streak into the playoffs, but had an earlier three-game streak snapped at home on February 1 by Meridian, 54-50. The Falcons had a chance to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds, but couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Aquntez Penn finished with a team-best 21 points, Dawson White added 17, Isaac Floyd 8, and Trey Bernardini and Sam Alstat each had 2.
On February 5, EHS won at home in a regional preview against Galatia, 66-62, behind double-digit scoring efforts from Penn (21), White (17) and Alstat (16). Bernardini (6) and Floyd (6) also scored for Elverado.
At Century on February 8, Penn continued his assault on the Falcons’ history books with a 24-point game that put him over the 2,000 point mark for his career at EHS. He is the all-time leading scorer at Elverado, and the only player to reach the 2,000 point milestone.
Penn didn’t lead the Falcons at Century, however, as Alstat poured in 25 points to lead the team in their 72-48 rout. White (11 points), Bernardini (2), Tanner Shread (3), Chase Buser (3), Brody Troutt (2) and Blaine Morse (2) also scored for EHS.
Seniors Penn, Bernardini, Floyd and Morse were honored in the regular season finale on February 14 for senior night, when the Falcons jumped all over Joppa 66-35 to finish the regular season 22-9 overall.
White had a team-high 26 points against Joppa, Penn had 21, Floyd 10, Morse 5, Alstat 4.
Elverado takes on Galatia Monday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Sesser in round one of the regional tournament. The winner moves on to Wednesday’s 7:00 p.m. semifinal with Steeleville, and the championship will take place on Friday, also with a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The host Red Devils are the tournament’s top seed.
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