Putting four complete quarters together continues to prevent Robinson High School's boys' basketball team from picking up wins.
The Maroons hung right with a highly-regarded Effingham St. Anthony throughout Tuesday (Jan. 7)'s non-conference contest, but two lengthy dry spells proved too much to overcome in a 53-42 loss.
Robinson started strong, scoring the first six points to grab an early lead, but St. Anthony used a 10-3 run to take a 13-11 lead before a corner three from Kade Lassen gave the Maroons a 14-13 edge after the first eight minutes.
A basket by Brayden Childress to open the second period made the score 16-13, but the Maroons went the next seven minutes without scoring. Meanwhile, St. Anthony reeled off 13 points during that scoreless streak to take a 27-16 lead.
The drought finally ended on a basket by Wesley Jackson with 47.5 seconds left, then a tip-in from Childress pulled RHS to within 29-20 at halftime.
Jackson converted a steal into a layup in the opening stages of the third quarter to close the gap to 29-22, but the Maroons went the next six minutes without a field goal and St. Anthony outscored RHS 12-3 during that stretch to extend their advantage to 41-25. Nick Weber finally put an end to that dry spell with a three-pointer at the 1:42 mark and the Maroons trailed 41-28 heading into the final period.
Another three by Weber pulled RHS to within 41-31, but they would not get any closer the rest of the way, as St. Anthony led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter despite the Maroons outscoring the Bulldogs 14-12 over the final eight minutes.
For the second straight game, the Maroons struggled on the offensive end, making just 16-47 field goal attempts (34 percent), which included an 11-29 showing from two-point range (38 percent) and a 5-18 effort from three-point range (28 percent).
"A lot of what jump starts our offense is driving to the basket and scoring or getting to the free throw line, but that wasn't working for us tonight," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "We did a good job of driving and drawing defenders, but we didn't do a good job of finding the open man. We just couldn't take advantage of what they were giving us."
Meanwhile, St. Anthony wasn't a ton better, as they made 18-43 shots from the floor (42 percent), including 12-25 from inside the arc (48 percent) and 6-18 from long distance (33 percent). St. Anthony did hold an advantage at the free throw line, making 11-19 attempts (58 percent), while Robinson hit 5-11 foul shots (45 percent).
"They hit two more field goals than us, turnovers were basically the same and rebounds were close," Thompson said. "But, we let them go on those two runs and that was the difference. We have to do a better job of having more productive offensive series when they start hitting shots."
Childress led RHS with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots, while Lassen totaled six points, eight rebounds, four steals and one assist. Jackson posted six points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal, Jeffrey Goble contributed six points, four rebounds and one steal, Weber recorded six points and two steals and Ethan Shidler collected three points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Logan Antrim led St. Anthony with 16 points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists, while Jaccob Dust posted 15 points, 12 rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot and Jack Hoene contributed 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The loss by the varsity was the third of the night for Robinson, as they also lost the junior varsity game 62-30 and the freshman-sophomore game 45-22.
Cole Johnson led the RHS JV with nine points, while Weber scored six.
Treyton Brown led the fresh-soph Maroons with 12 points, while Garrett Winterrowd netted four.