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Eye of the Tigers: How Illini Bluffs has built two state-contending basketball teams 


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From left: Illini Bluffs' Hank Alvey, Will Giftos and Devon White walk off the court at Peoria Heights. Brock Angle/Clutch Sports Media

Domination is one word you could use to describe Illini Bluffs boys' and girls' basketball this season. 


The offense and defense on both Tigers’ teams are outstanding just about every night. It’s led to a combined 39 wins and six losses, and statewide recognition in the AP Polls.


Illini Bluffs girls team is 20-3 and in first place in both the Tomahawk and Inter-County conferences. After a 1-2 start, the Tigers have won 19 of their last 20 games and have sights set on a similar postseason run to their 2011-12 team that took third place at state in Class 1A.


The boys team is eerily similar. 

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