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home : sports : sports May 26, 2016

1/15/2013 2:59:00 PM
Late rally falls short for Panthers in 64-59 Little Illini loss at Flora
Sports Editor

Another tough road test resulted in another loss in Little Illini Conference play for Oblong High School's boys' basketball team.

While the Panthers played better in spurts Friday night, they were still unable to come up with a road win in league play, falling to Flora, 64-59.

It was the third loss in conference play for Oblong, with all of them coming on the road.

Oblong stayed close early and trailed by just one, 13-12, after one quarter, but the Panthers were outscored 25-11 in the second quarter for a 38-23 deficit at halftime. Oblong clawed their way back into the game in the second half, as they outscored Flora 14-13 in the third quarter to make the score 51-37, then won the fourth quarter, 22-13. The Panthers pulled to within 54-47 with about four minutes left in the game and had the lead down to two late in the game, but could not come all the way back.

Anthony Johnson led OHS with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and one steal, while Gerald Richardson posted 15 points, five steals, three rebounds and one assist. Collin Meese totaled 11 points, four steals, four assists and three rebounds, Chase Mendenhall netted six points and two rebounds, Jared Mayhew contributed four points and eight rebounds and Kurt Knollenberg scored two points.

Flora was led by Christian Taylor with 22 points, while Bryce Pearce tossed in 19 for the Wolves.

Information on the junior varsity contest was not available by press time.

Oblong (13-6, 4-3 LIC) will play host to Casey-Westfield for a LIC contest Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

At Conley Gym, Flora

Oblong 12 11 14 22 - 59

Flora 13 25 13 13 - 64


Gerald Richardson 6 2-3 15, Collin Meese 5 1-2 11, Anthony Johnson 5 11-13 21, Kurt Knollenberg 1 0-0 2, Chase Mendenhall 3 0-0 6, Alec Jacobs 0 0-0 0, Jared Mayhew 1 2-2 4, TOTALS 21 FG, 16-20 FT, 59 TP.

FLORA (64)

Bryce Pearce 5 5-9 19, Brendan Thomas 0 1-3 1, Clayton Walden 4 1-2 9, Ethan Leib 3 2-4 8, Cory Moore 0 1-2 1, Christian Taylor 6 7-10 22, Blake Shehorn 1 2-4 4, TOTALS 19 FG, 19-34 FT, 64 TP.

3-point goals - Richardson, Pearce 4, Taylor 3. Team fouls - OHS 23, FHS 17. Fouled out - Meese, Mendenhall. Rebounds - (OHS 24) Johnson 8, Mayhew 8, Meese 3, Richardson 3, Meese 2. (FHS 25) Leib 12, Taylor 8. Steals - (OHS 11) Richardson 5, Meese 4, Johnson, Jacobs. (FHS 7) Thomas 2. Assists - (OHS 10) Johnson 5, Meese 4, Richardson. (FHS 13) Pearce 3, Leib 3, Taylor 3.

Next game - Oblong (13-6, 4-3 LIC) will play host to Casey-Westfield Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

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