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home : sports : sports May 25, 2016

1/24/2013 11:04:00 AM
Panthers roll past Cumberland, 56-38
Sports Editor

No Anthony Johnson, no problem for Oblong High School's boys' basketball team.

The Panthers played their first game since their leading scorer was hurt in Saturday's Little Illini Conference Tournament quarterfinal loss to Casey-Westfield and played well.

Seventh-seeded Oblong used a balanced scoring attack and a solid effort on the defensive end to run away from 12th-seeded Cumberland, 56-38, in a consolation bracket game of the LIC Tournament at OHS.

"For not having Anthony, we played a good game," said assistant coach Joe Hill, who was filling in for head coach Brent Harper, who missed the game due to illness. "We controlled the ball on offense and got our shots and defensively, we played an excellent game. We also did a great job rebounding against a bigger team."

The Panthers didn't appear to miss a beat without Johnson, as they led for the majority of the contest. A jump hook by Jared Mayhew and a layup by Chase Mendenhall put OHS up 4-0 just over a minute into the game, but Cumberland's Trevor Brumleve countered with consecutive three-pointers to put the Pirates on top. 6-4, with 5:20 to play. Gerald Richardson tied the game with a floater from the baseline, then after a basket by Cumberland's Monte Wolke, Mendenhall tied the game again, 8-8, with two free throws with 3:34 to go. A 5-2 spurt put Cumberland up 13-10 at the 1:55 mark, but Oblong countered by scoring the last seven points of the period. A free throw line jumper by Mayhew pulled OHS to within one, then Kurt Knollenberg knocked down a three-pointer from the left corner to put Oblong ahead 15-13 with 33 seconds left. Richardson finished the run with another floater to give the Panthers a 17-13 lead at the end of the first period.

Two quick hoops by Cumberland's Colton Ingram to start the second quarter tied the game, but the Oblong defense would clamp down and hold the Pirates scoreless for the final 6:35 of the period. Meanwhile, the Panthers scored 10 points during that span - four each by Mayhew and Collin Meese and two from Richardson - to give them a 27-17 lead at halftime.

The drought for Cumberland stretched past the eight-minute mark before Kole Butler put back his own miss to make the score 27-19 with 6:30 left in the third period. A traditional three-point play by Meese and a three-pointer from Richardson were sandwiched around another hoop by Ingram, which pushed the OHS lead to 33-21 with 4:55 remaining. Cumberland would get to within eight on a couple of occasions, but another three-point play by Meese with 21.2 seconds left gave Oblong a 40-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Wolke scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to get the Pirates within nine, but a layup by Mayhew, a three-point play from Richardson and a three-pointer by Brody Allen pushed the OHS lead to 48-31 with 5:40 to play and Cumberland would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way. Oblong's biggest lead was 21, 55-34, after two free throws by Richardson with 3:03 remaining, but Cumberland scored four of the last five points of the game to reach the final margin.

Oblong had a decent night shooting the ball, making 21-49 shots from the floor (43 percent), which included an 18-40 performance from two-point range (45 percent) and a 3-9 effort from three-point range (33 percent). On the other hand, Cumberland struggled to hit shots, connecting on just 16-59 attempts (27 percent), including 13-39 from inside the arc (33 percent) and 3-20 from long distance (15 percent). The Panthers were also 11-14 from the free throw line (79 percent), while Cumberland made 3-4 foul shots (75 percent).

The Panthers also held a 42-32 rebounding edge, blocked 13 shots and committed just 13 turnovers, while Cumberland had 16 miscues.

Richardson had a spectacular all-around game for the Panthers, as he recorded a triple-double. He posted 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, along with five blocked shots and three steals to lead the Panthers, while Meese totaled 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal. Mayhew contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, seven blocked shots and one assist, Mendenhall contributed four points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Knollenberg netted three points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist and Allen added three points, two rebounds and one assist.

Brumleve led Cumberland with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Wolke posted seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

In other consolation bracket action Monday, 11th-seeded Edwards County knocked off eighth-seeded Hutsonville-Palestine 77-71, sixth-seeded Olney slipped past ninth-seeded Lawrenceville 51-47 and fifth-seeded Marshall downed 10th-seeded Red Hill 53-34.

2012 Little Illini Conference

Boys Basketball Tournament

Consolation Bracket Game

At Oblong

Cumberland 13 4 12 9 - 38

Oblong 17 10 13 16 - 56


Spencer Kuhn 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Beard 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Trevor Brumleve 0-2 2-6 2-2 8, Colton Ingram 3-6 0-1 0-0 6, Caleb Brumleve 1-6 0-3 0-0 2, Samuel Bauguss 0-0 0-4 0-0 0, Monte Wolke 2-5 1-5 0-0 7, Tyler Phillips 0-2 0-0 1-2 1, Kyle Swingler 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Kole Butler 3-9 0-0 0-0 6, Houston Napier 3-6 0-1 0-0 6, Brandon Shaon 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Blayke Cutts 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 13-39 2FG, 3-20 3FG, 3-4 FT, 38 TP.


Brody Allen 0-1 1-3 0-0 3, Gerald Richardson 4-8 1-2 5-8 16, Michael Brown 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Collin Meese 7-7 0-1 2-2 16, Alec Jacobs 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Kurt Knollenberg 0-5 1-2 0-0 3, Kyler Fear 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Mendenhall 1-6 0-0 2-2 4, Keaton Neeley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Mayhew 6-11 0-0 2-2 14, TOTALS 18-40 2FG, 3-9 3FG, 11-14 FT, 56 TP.

Turnovers - CHS 16, OHS 13. Team fouls - CHS 12, OHS 8. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (CHS 32) T. Brumleve 7, Ingram 7, Wolke 7, Butler 5. (OHS 42) Richardson 11, Mayhew 8, Mendenhall 7, Meese 6, Knollenberg 5, Fear 2, Allen 2, Jacobs. Steals - (CHS 8) Wolke 3, Bauguss 2. (OHS 6) Richardson 3, Meese, Knollenberg, Mendenhall. Assists - (CHS 8) Wolke 3, C. Brumleve 2, T. Brumleve 2, Napier. (OHS 18) Richardson 10, Meese 3, Mendenhall 2, Allen, Knollenberg, Mayhew. Blocked shots - (CHS 3) C. Brumleve, Bauguss, Butler. (OHS 13) Mayhew 7, Richardson 5, Mendenhall.

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