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March 23, 2019

3/13/2019 11:38:00 AM
Statesmen beat Southeastern, lose to Wabash
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

Needing two wins to have a chance to avoid an opening round game in the district tournament, Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team was only able to pick up one over the weekend.

The Statesmen opened a busy weekend to wrap up the regular season by cruising to a 80-55 win over Southeastern Illinois College Friday night (March 1), but then dropped a 71-53 decision to Great Rivers Athletic Conference co-champion Wabash Valley College Saturday afternoon (March 2).

On Sophomore Night Friday, the Statesmen were carried by a sophomore, but it was not one of the usual suspects. Deante Booker provided a spark off the bench for LTC with 23 points to lead the Statesmen to the lopsided win.

"That was one of the best individual performances by anybody on our team all year," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "That was very impressive and a big-time effort from him."

Lincoln Trail shook off a slow start, as they trailed 6-2 in the opening minutes, but a 10-1 LTC run gave the Statesmen a 12-7 lead with 12:28 left in the opening half and they never trailed again. After a three-pointer by Southeastern stopped one LTC run, the Statesmen put together another one, ripping off 13 consecutive points, capped off by a fast break dunk from Dante Combs, to make the score 25-10 with 8:36 remaining. The Statesmen continued to pull away throughout the remainder of the half, with Walker Sandschafer and Combs capping off the half with baskets in the final minute to give LTC its largest lead at 46-24 at intermission.

Booker scored the first five points of the second half for LTC to start a 9-2 run and extend their advantage to 55-28, while two threes from Booker and one each from Lamar Lillard and Combs were part of a 12-5 spurt that gave the Statesmen their biggest lead at 72-44 with 8:05 remaining and they coasted the rest of the way.

In addition to his 23 points, which included 5-7 shooting from three-point range, Booker also collected five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Combs posted 12 points, five rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot, Jaylon Holmes contributed 10 points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist in the first half before leaving the game with an ankle injury, Lillard totaled eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Lawrence Williams collected seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot, Meeko Bond netted five points, four rebounds and one assist, Casius Bell Jr. recorded four points, seven rebounds and two steals, Alex Heath registered four points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists, Sandschafer chipped in three points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Justin Williams added two points, four rebounds and two assists and Daniel Hurst had two points, two assists and one rebound.

Alex Pantelic led Southeastern Illinois with 23 points, five rebounds, five steals, two blocked shots and one assist, while Robert Gadson posted 10 points, four rebounds and one blocked shot.

In Saturday's regular season finale, the Statesmen struggled to find the range and were held to under 30 points in each half.

The first half score was nearly reversed from the first half the night before, as LTC found itself on the wrong side of a 41-26 margin at halftime against Wabash Valley. The second half was closer and the Statesmen were able to cut into the deficit a bit, but were ultimately outscored 30-27 over the final 20 minutes, securing a victory and a share of the conference title for Wabash Valley.

Justin Williams was the lone player in double figures for LTC with 14 points, while Booker, Heath and Lawrence Williams tossed in six points apiece, Combs scored five and Bell, Hurst, Bond and Tad Kapek each netted four.

Four players reached double digits for Wabash Valley, as Charles Wilson and Josh Thomas scored 15 points apiece and Zion Morgan and Jalen Newsom each tossed in 11.



At LTC Sports Center, Robinson

Southeastern Illinois 24 31 - 55

Lincoln Trail College 46 34 - 80



SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS (55)

Arnaud Nkusi 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Winslow Martin 0-3 0-3 1-2 1, Demaria Nance 2-6 1-8 1-1 8, Alex Pantelic 1-6 5-11 6-7 23, Samuel Swinford 0-1 2-2 0-0 6, Nemanja Tosic 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Nikola Radovic 0-0 0-2 0-0 0, Robert Gadson 5-8 0-0 0-0 10, Cam Dean 1-2 1-3 0-0 5, TOTALS 10-31 2FG, 9-30 3FG, 8-10 FT, 55 TP.

LINCOLN TRAIL (80)

Lamar Lillard 1-1 2-6 0-0 8, Justin Williams 0-0 0-4 2-2 2, Dante Combs 3-5 2-3 0-0 12, Tad Kapek 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Casius Bell Jr. 2-4 0-5 0-0 4, Walker Sandschafer 1-1 0-1 1-2 3, Deante Booker 3-3 5-7 2-2 23, Lawrence Williams 2-4 1-4 0-0 7, Jaylon Holmes 3-5 0-0 4-5 10, Alex Heath 2-2 0-1 0-1 4, Daniel Hurst 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Hunter Ragan 0-2 0-1 0-0 0, Meeko Bond 2-4 0-0 1-2 5, TOTALS 20-34 2FG, 10-32 3FG, 10-14 FT, 80 TP.

Turnovers - SIC 16, LTC 13. Team fouls - SIC 13, LTC 11. Fouled out - Martin. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (SIC 33) Nance 7, Martin 5, Pantelic 5, Tosic 4, Gadson 4. (LTC 45) Bell 7, Booker 5, Holmes 5, Combs 5, Bond 4, Lillard 4, J. Williams 4, Kapek 3, L. Williams 3, Heath 2, Sandschafer, Hurst, Ragan. Steals - (SIC 8) Pantelic 5, Nance 2, Dean. (LTC 9) Heath 2, Bell 2, Booker 2, Lillard, Sandschafer, Holmes. Assists - (SIC 9) Nance 3, Swinford 2. (LTC 18) Booker 3, Lillard 2, J. Williams 2, Heath 2, Hurst 2, Ragan 2, Combs, Sandschafer, L. Williams, Holmes, Bond. Blocked shots - (SIC 3) Pantelic 2, Gadson. (LTC 4) Booker 2, Combs, L. Williams.



Wabash Valley College 41 30 - 71

Lincoln Trail College 26 27 - 53



WABASH VALLEY (71)

Charles Wilson 6 1-2 15, Josh Thomas 6 3-5 15, Anthony Christian 1 0-0 2, Cam Gross 2 0-0 5, Zion Morgan 3 5-6 11, Jalen Newsom 4 0-0 11, Justin Carpenter 0 0-0 0, Tanner McFall 0 0-0 0, Tony Burks 1 2-2 4, Justin Boyd 0 0-0 , Amir Yusuf 1 0-0 2, Levi Cook 3 0-0 6, TOTALS 27 FG, 11-15 FT, 71 TP.

LINCOLN TRAIL (80)

Lamar Lillard 0 0-0 0, Justin Williams 5 2-2 14, Dante Combs 2 0-0 5, Tad Kapek 1 2-2 4, Casius Bell Jr. 1 2-2 4, Deante Booker 2 2-2 6, Lawrence Williams 3 0-0 6, Alex Heath 2 0-0 6, Daniel Hurst 2 0-0 4, Meeko Bond 2 0-0 4, TOTALS 20 FG, 8-8 FT, 53 TP.

3-point goals - Newsom 3, Wilson 2, Gross, J. Williams 2, Heath 2, Combs.

Team fouls - WVC 11, LTC 16. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - Carpenter (2).







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