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February 17, 2020

1/15/2020 10:51:00 AM
Maroons make history with 1,500th win
Following the win, two former RHS head coaches  Dick Muston and Jack Reeder  were presented game balls (right) by RHS senior captains Kade Lassen (1) and Brayden Childress (23) to honor them for their years of service.
Following the win, two former RHS head coaches Dick Muston and Jack Reeder were presented game balls (right) by RHS senior captains Kade Lassen (1) and Brayden Childress (23) to honor them for their years of service.
Sports Editor

Only a select few basketball programs in the state of Illinois can boast they are among the leaders in all-time wins, but Robinson High School can consider themselves among that class.

The Maroons posted their 1,500th win in program history Friday night, thanks to a 51-28 conquest of Flora in Little Illini Conference action.

Although Robinson wound up winning by a comfortable margin, it was anything but easy in the first half.

Neither team scored for nearly three minutes to start the game, but Ethan Shidler was finally able to knock the lid off the basket for the Maroons, as he scored his team's first seven points to give RHS a 7-2 lead with 2:15 left in the first quarter.

Robinson took an 11-4 advantage into the second quarter, but Flora was able to rally to even the score at 15-15 with 1:37 remaining. However, Brayden Childress converted a steal into a two-handed dunk with 40 seconds left to give RHS a 17-15 lead and they took that edge into the locker room at halftime.

Childress' dunk appeared to energize the Maroons for the second half, as they turned the pressure up and ran away for an easy win.

After the teams traded baskets for the first few minutes, Robinson put together a 15-2 run over the final 5:04 to take a 36-21 lead into the final period. The Maroons continued to pull away in the fourth quarter, as they scored the first 11 points of the period to take their largest lead of the game at 47-21 and they cruised the rest of the way.

The two teams shot nearly the same percentage, but the volume of shots the Maroons made proved to be the difference. Robinson made 21 field goals, including three three-pointers, while Flora made just 13 shots, with two of them being from long distance. Robinson also went 6-7 from the free throw line, while Flora did not attempt a foul shot.

Defense also aided the Maroons, as they forced Flora into 23 turnovers, 17 of which were steals. Robinson also dominated the glass, outrebounding Flora 34-23.

Shidler led RHS with 14 points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist, while Childress posted 12 points, five rebounds and five steals. Jeffrey Goble contributed nine points and three rebounds, Kade Lassen totaled eight points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists and Sawyer Hoalt recorded eight points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

No player reached double figures for Flora, as they were led by Cole Young with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, while Andrew Conrad netted six points, two steals, one rebound and one assist.

The Maroons also won the game without head coach Mack Thompson on the sidelines, as he underwent knee surgery Friday.

Robinson also won the junior varsity game in overtime, 50-46, but lost the freshman-sophomore game 37-27.

In the JV game, Logan Roy led RHS with 16 points, Cole Johnson and Nick Weber were also in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

In the fresh-soph game, Ryder O'Neal led RHS with 18 points, while Garrett Winterrowd scored four.

Robinson's fresh-soph team also played Saturday morning at Teutopolis and suffered a 68-19 loss. O'Neal and Treyton Brown shared scoring honors with five points apiece.

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