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home : sports : sports June 25, 2016

3/4/2014 2:16:00 PM
Statesmen fall to John A. Logan, 80-75
Sports Editor

Different day, same result for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team.

The Statesmen played well against John A. Logan College in their regular season finale Saturday, but missed opportunities cost them in an 80-75 loss in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

"I thought they played with a lot of heart," LTC head coach Mike Ray said. "They couldn't have played much better."

One area the Statesmen could have been better at was the free throw line and it proved to be the difference in the game. Lincoln Trail made just 7-18 foul shots (39 percent), while John A. Logan made 12-13 attempts at the charity stripe (92 percent).

"Obviously, we have to do a better job on free throws," Ray said. "It's mind-boggling to me that kids at this level can't make free throws. It's frustrating, but at the same time I know they aren't doing it on purpose."

The game was close virtually throughout, especially early. There were 11 lead changes and three ties in the first half, with the biggest lead for either team being eight points.

After the teams traded three-pointers to start the game, Lincoln Trail took its first lead of the game, 6-5, on a three-pointer by Jacob Duncan. John A. Logan responded with a 7-2 run to regain the lead, 12-8 and extended their advantage to 21-16 at the 11:38 mark. Lincoln Trail countered with an 8-2 run to grab a 24-23 lead with 7:39 remaining, but John A. Logan came back with two straight baskets to take a 27-24 lead. Dennis Hightower scored consecutive baskets to put LTC back in front, 28-27, with 5:50 to go, then the teams traded three-pointers to make the score 31-30 with 5:10 left. John A. Logan followed with an 11-2 run to take a 41-33 lead with 1:05 left, before Nick Painter scored and Jordan Houser made two free throws in the final minute to pull Lincoln Trail to within 41-37 at halftime.

Lincoln Trail continued that bit of momentum early in the second half and was able to regain the lead. Jake Newton opened with a three-pointer, then after a three by John A. Logan, Painter hit a layup, Newton drained another three, then he followed with a putback dunk to give the Statesmen a 47-44 lead with 16:35 to play. John A. Logan answered with six of the next eight points to grab a 50-49 lead, but Duncan scored on a backdoor layup on a feed from Painter to give LTC a 51-50 lead with 14:15 left. After John A. Logan scored on their next possession to regain the lead, Newton hit a free throw to tie the game at 52-52 with 13:30 remaining. However, John A. Logan followed with a 10-0 run in a span of 1:40 and they would not trail again.

The Statesmen would get to within six, 66-60, on baskets by Larry Johnson and Tyler Alexander with 7:25 to go, but John A. Logan countered with an 11-3 run to give them their biggest lead of the game at 77-63 with 4:10 remaining.

But Lincoln Trail would not go away quietly, as Newton came back with a three-pointer, Jesse Tesmer followed with a dunk, Hightower added a layup and Tesmer had a putback as a 9-0 run brought LTC to within 77-72 with 1:57 to play. After a miss by John A. Logan, LTC had a chance to draw even closer, but Newton missed a three-pointer with just over a minute to play, then missed another after another John A. Logan miss, forcing the Statesmen to foul.

John A. Logan made two free throws with 25.7 seconds left, but Hightower would hit a three-pointer to make the score 79-75 with 16.1 seconds left. John A. Logan would add a free throw with 15.1 seconds left, but Newton missed another three-pointer and John A. Logan rebounded and ran out the clock to seal the win.

The loss was the fifth straight loss for the Statesmen, all by single digits. It was the ninth straight game the Statesmen have played that was decided by single digits, but they are just 1-8 in those games. On the season, LTC has played 18 games decided by single digits and they are 7-11 in those games. Of those 18, 14 of them were decided by six points or less and the Statesmen have a 5-9 record in those contests.

"Last year, we were winning these close games, this year we aren't," Ray said. "But, I saw a lot of positives today. Now, we just have to get ready for the postseason."

Hightower led LTC with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots, while Newton posted 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Painter totaled 11 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and one assist, Tesmer contributed eight points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist, Houser netted eight points, three assists and one steal, Duncan recorded five points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Alexander collected three points and one rebound, Johnson added two points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist and Jason Smith had two points and one rebound.

Terrelle Green led John A. Logan with 24 points, including six three-pointers, four assists, one rebound and one steal, while Russell Woods totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and one assist. Martavian Payne added 14 points, six assists, three rebounds and one steal and Jay Johnson had 10 points, eight rebounds and one steal.

Lincoln Trail (13-17, 6-10 GRAC) will play host to Wabash Valley College for an opening round game in the District 16 Tournament tonight at 7.

At LTC Sports Center, Robinson

John A. Logan College 41 39 - 80

Lincoln Trail College 37 38 - 75


Kaylen Shane 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Darien Walker 3-9 0-2 0-0 6, Terrelle Green 1-6 6-7 4-4 24, A.J. Riley 1-5 0-0 0-0 2, Martavian Payne 2-6 2-7 4-4 14, Jay Johnson 2-6 2-2 0-0 10, Devaughn Johnson 1-2 0-0 1-2 3, Russell Woods 6-10 0-0 3-3 15, Jordan Martin 3-3 0-0 0-0 6, TOTALS 19-48 2FG, 10-18 3FG, 12-13 FT, 80 TP.


Jordan Houser 0-1 2-2 2-2 8, Tyler Alexander 1-3 0-0 1-2 3, Ron Dietz 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Mike Brown 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Reggie Anderson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Begle 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Jason Smith 1-2 0-1 0-0 2, Larry Johnson 1-2 0-0 0-2 2, Jacob Duncan 1-2 1-3 0-0 5, Dennis Hightower 6-15 2-4 0-3 18, Nick Painter 4-6 0-0 3-5 11, Jake Newton 4-8 3-8 1-2 18, Jesse Tesmer 4-4 0-0 0-1 8, TOTALS 22-44 2FG, 8-18 3FG, 7-18 FT, 75 TP.

Turnovers - JALC 13, LTC 12. Team fouls - JALC 16, LTC 13. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (JALC 42) Woods 10, Walker 8, J. Johnson 8, Martin 7. (LTC 36) Hightower 7, Painter 7, Newton 6, Tesmer 6, Johnson 2, Duncan 2, Dietz 2, Alexander, Brown, Begle, Smith. Steals - (JALC 6) Woods 2. (LTC 7) Hightower 3, Houser, Johnson, Duncan, Tesmer. Assists - (JALC 12) Payne 6, Green 4. (LTC 20) Hightower 5, Houser 3, Begle 3, Newton 3, Duncan 2, Dietz, Johnson, Painter, Tesmer. Blocked shots - (JALC 3) Woods 2, Walker. (LTC 6) Painter 3, Hightower 2, Dietz.

Next game - Lincoln Trail (13-17, 6-10 GRAC) will play host to Wabash Valley College for an opening round game in the Region 24 Tournament tonight at 7.

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