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home : sports : sports June 24, 2016

11/20/2012 2:40:00 PM
Statesmen edge Parkland again, 70-67
Lincoln Trailís Nick Painter hangs in the air while being fouled during the second half of Saturday nightís game against Parkland. The freshman from Flora posted 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots and two assists for the Statesmen in their 70-67 win. (Josh Brown photo)
Lincoln Trailís Nick Painter hangs in the air while being fouled during the second half of Saturday nightís game against Parkland. The freshman from Flora posted 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots and two assists for the Statesmen in their 70-67 win. (Josh Brown photo)
Sports Editor

It felt like deja vu for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Saturday, but in a good way.

For the second time this season, the Statesmen dug themselves an early hole against a solid Parkland squad, but once again was able to find a way out of it and rally for a 70-67 win in their home opener.

"We had a good effort and the kids found a way to win," LTC head coach Mike Ray said. "Parkland is a good team. This felt a lot like the last time (a 74-72 LTC win at Parkland Nov. 1)."

The game was close throughout, with the biggest lead for either team being nine.

After the teams traded baskets early, Lincoln Trail scored five straight points to take a 7-4 lead at the 16:00 mark. The Statesmen would take a 10-6 lead on Jake Newton's three-pointer with 14:23 to play and held a 13-8 advantage with 13:21 remaining after a three-pointer by Caleb Begle, but a five-point spree by Parkland knotted the game at 13-13 with 12:29 left. Lincoln Trail regained the lead, 19-17, on a drive and layup by Ronnie Dietz with 7:46 to go, but Parkland responded by scoring the next five points to take a 22-19 lead with 3:47 to play. After Nick Painter scored for LTC on a shot from the baseline at the 3:37 mark, Parkland countered with a 9-1 run to take a 31-22 lead before Jesse Tesmer scored for the Statesmen with 18 seconds left to make the score 31-24 at halftime.

Lincoln Trail came out firing to start the second half, opening with a 9-3 run to close the gap to 34-33 with 18:06 remaining. A three-pointer by Newton tied the game, 38-38, with 16:00 left, then each team followed with four-point runs to make the score 42-42 with 13:52 to play. After a free throw put Parkland up by one, Jordan Houser answered with a three-pointer and Jacob Weaver added a free throw to give the Statesmen a 46-43 with 12:29 to go. Parkland would tie the game with a three-pointer from Lance Magee and would take the lead, 49-48, on a free throw by Cedric Smith with 9:59 left. Painter would follow with a basket and free throw to put LTC back in front, 51-49, with 8:56 to go, only to see Parkland tie it seconds later on two free throws from Anthony Woods.

Begle would then score all seven points in a 7-2 LTC run that gave the Statesmen a 58-53 lead with 7:15 left, but Parkland would respond with an 8-0 run to take a 61-58 lead with 5:45 remaining. Begle followed with a layup to pull the Statesmen within one, then Dennis Hightower scored on a shot in the lane to put LTC back on top, 62-61, with 4:32 left. Two free throws by Phil Miller, Jr., put Parkland back in front, 63-62, with 4:12 to play, but Painter converted a lob from Hightower for two points to give the Statesmen the lead again, 64-63, with 4:03 to go. A free throw by Parkland's Shane Seniour tied the game with 3:36 left, but the Statesmen answered with a 6-0 run to take the lead for good.

A layup by Tesmer with 3:24 to play made the score 66-64, then Painter added a free throw at the 2:57 mark for a 67-64 lead. Parkland would miss a shot on their next possession and Painter was fouled on the rebound attempt. After the foul, Parkland's Anthony Woods was called for a technical foul, which gave the Statesmen four free throws with 2:15 to play. Begle would sink the two technical foul shots, then Painter made one of two at the line to give LTC a 70-64 lead. Parkland would cut the lead to 70-67 on a three-pointer by former Paris High School standout Dalten Temples with 55.8 seconds left, then they got the ball back with a chance to tie after LTC turned it over on a shot clock violation. Parkland could not find a shot and called time-out with 10.5 seconds left to regroup. Following the time-out, Miller missed a three-pointer, but Temples rebounded and Parkland called another time-out with 2.1 seconds left. Temples would receive the inbounds pass, but his three-pointer from the left wing was long and the Statesmen held on for the win.

"I challenged them at halftime and they responded," Ray said. "We really played well the first six to eight minutes of the second half and that set the tone for the whole half. We did a nice job executing our offense and were able to score inside. We missed some layups in the first half, but we were able to convert those in the second half. We had some clutch offensive plays and we were able to get some stops on defense when we needed to."

Both teams were nearly even statistically as well. Each team made seven three-pointers, while Lincoln Trail has 17 two-pointers to 15 for Parkland and Parkland made one more free throw (16 to 15). Each team also grabbed 39 rebounds, while Lincoln Trail had 22 turnovers to 18 for Parkland, but the Statesmen offset that by handing out 17 assists to eight for Parkland.

Newton topped LTC with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot, while Begle netted 17 points, two assists and one rebound. Painter totaled 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots and two assists, Tesmer posted a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds, along with one steal and one blocked shot, Houser chipped in with three points, two rebounds and one assist, Hightower collected two points, eight assists, five rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal, Dietz scored two points and Weaver added one point, two steals and one assist.

"We had four guys in double figures, which was good to see," Ray said.

Miller led Parkland with 15 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Woods posted 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Lincoln Trail (2-2) will play host to Malcolm X College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

"Our kids just have to grow and improve daily," Ray said. "They have to get better and they are."

At Lincoln Trail College, Robinson

Parkland College 31 36 - 67

Lincoln Trail College 24 46 - 70


Jake Thomas 0-2 1-3 0-0 3, Phil Miller, Jr. 5-10 1-4 2-4 15, Beau Swinford 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Domonique Walls 3-5 0-0 2-8 8, Dalten Temples 1-3 1-3 2-2 7, Anthony Woods 1-3 2-4 2-2 10, Nate Tidwell 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Lance Magee 2-3 1-2 0-0 7, Cedric Smith 2-5 1-7 1-2 8, Shane Seniour 1-3 0-1 7-8 9, TOTALS 15-34 2FG, 7-25 3FG, 16-26 FT, 67 TP.


Lawrence Smith 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Houser 0-1 1-1 0-0 3, Daryll Walker 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Ronnie Dietz 1-1 0-2 0-2 2, Jacob Weaver 0-0 0-1 1-2 1, Joe Byrd 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Begle 2-3 2-6 7-8 17, Austin Callahan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Adam Hendrix 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Dennis Hightower 1-5 0-2 0-0 2, Nick Painter 5-7 0-0 6-10 16, Jake Newton 2-3 4-6 1-2 17, John Bootz 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Jesse Tesmer 6-11 0-0 0-0 12, TOTALS 17-35 2FG, 7-19 3FG, 15-26 FT, 70 TP.

Turnovers - PC 18, LTC 22. Team fouls - PC 22, LTC 18. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - Woods. Rebounds - (PC 39) Walls 7, Temples 7, Smith 7, Seniour 6, Miller, Jr. 6, Woods 4. (LTC 39) Tesmer 16, Newton 6, Hightower 5, Painter 4, Hendrix 3, Houser 2, Smith, Walker, Begle. Steals - (PC 15) Miller, Jr. 4, Woods 2, Smith 2, Magee 2. (LTC 9) Painter 3, Weaver 2, Walker, Hightower, Newton, Tesmer. Assists - (PC 8) Miller, Jr. 3, Woods 2. (LTC 17) Hightower 8, Painter 2, Newton 2, Begle 2, Houser, Walker, Weaver. Blocked shots - (PC 2) Walls, Smith. (LTC 6) Painter 3, Hightower, Newton, Tesmer.

Next game - Lincoln Trail (2-2) will play host to Malcolm X College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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