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home : sports : sports June 26, 2016

11/23/2012 11:20:00 AM
Maroons stifle Mattoon for 54-42 win
Robinsonís Derrick Nicholas (40) puts up a shot over a Mattoon defender during Tuesday nightís game at the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament. Nicholas posted 15 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and two assists for the Maroons in their 54-42 win. (Josh Brown photo)
Robinsonís Derrick Nicholas (40) puts up a shot over a Mattoon defender during Tuesday nightís game at the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament. Nicholas posted 15 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and two assists for the Maroons in their 54-42 win. (Josh Brown photo)
By JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

Suffocating defense and efficient play on the offensive end propelled Robinson High School's boys' basketball team to a season-opening 54-42 win over Mattoon at the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament Tuesday.

The Maroons held Mattoon to 37 percent shooting for the game, while allowing just 20 points through the first three quarters as they controlled the game from start to finish.

"Our energy on defense was really good," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "The guys played hard, rotated well and rebounded well. I think we frustrated Mattoon."

Robinson scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Landen Hoagland and Derrick Nicholas gave the Maroons a quick four-point lead they would never relinquish.

The Maroons extended their advantage to 14-8 after the first quarter and 15-8 early in the second after a free throw by Aaron Siler, but Mattoon scored the next four points to get within three, 15-12, with 6:39 remaining.

Siler would respond with a three-pointer, starting a 14-0 run that gave RHS a 29-12 lead with 2:06 to play. Siler had eight points during the spree, including a pair of three-pointers, while Austin Weck, Michael Akande and Nicholas each added a basket.

Mattoon would break their drought with a basket less than a minute later, but still trailed 29-14 at halftime.

The Maroons continued to pull away in the second quarter, as Nicholas scored seven points in an 8-2 RHS run to push the lead to 37-16 and Robinson held a 40-20 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

As Robinson began to take their foot off the gas in the final period, Mattoon began to heat up. The Green Wave got as close as 11 in the fourth quarter, but the Maroons were able to sustain Mattoon's run and pick up the win.

"We started subbing differently to save some legs for tomorrow and we got a little stagnant," Thompson said. "As we got tired, we got silly with some things and gave up some easy baskets."

Overall, Thompson was pleased with what he say from his team in their first outing.

"The effort was good," Thompson said. "We were able to get a lot of kids some playing time and for the most part, they did a nice job."

For the game, Robinson shot 46 percent from the floor (22-48), which included 51 percent from two point range (19-37) and 27 percent from three-point range (3-11). Meanwhile, Mattoon made just 18-49 field goal attempts (37 percent), including 16-39 from inside the arc (41 percent) and 2-10 from long distance (20 percent). Robinson also made 7-9 free throw attempts (78 percent), while Mattoon 4-7 at the foul line (57 percent).

"Shots are going to be made and missed, but the intensity should always be there," Thompson said. "We talk about defense and work on it all the time. The guys really buy into it and I think it showed tonight. We had them off-balance most of the night and that's what a good defense is supposed to do."

Siler paced RHS with 22 points, five assists and three rebounds, while Nicholas posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, along with three blocked shots, two steals and two assists. Hoagland netted eight points and seven rebounds for the Maroons, Akande contributed five points, four rebounds and two assists and Weck added four points, eight rebounds and one assist.

"Aaron got some good looks and he does a good job penetrating with a purpose and finding the open man," Thompson said. "Derrick is going to give you that and I was very pleased with his effort. As he continues to get in shape, I expect we will see nothing but good things from him. Landen always plays hard, but he played much better than I anticipated."

Grant Speer led Mattoon with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist, while Jared Pilson and Ryan Sparks scored six points apiece.

In other action Tuesday, Breese Central beat Mt. Zion, 47-39, while Belleville Althoff edged Effingham, 41-39. On Monday, Mattoon slipped past Breese Central, 41-40 and Charleston routed host Effingham St. Anthony, 92-54.

Robinson (1-0) will play Mt. Zion tonight at 5 in the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.

"We have to match our intensity tomorrow against a good Mt. Zion team that can do some good things," Thompson said.



2012 Effingham St. Anthony Boys Thanksgiving Tournament

At Enlow Center, Effingham

Robinson 14 15 11 14 - 54

Mattoon 8 6 6 22 - 42



ROBINSON (54)

Noah Tennison 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Griffin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Siler 5-10 3-9 3-4 22, Wes Harrison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cory Blount 0-4 0-2 0-0 0, Cole Chipman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Weck 1-4 0-0 2-2 4, Landen Hoagland 4-4 0-0 0-0 8, Jason Richart 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Derrick Nicholas 7-11 0-0 1-1 15, Michael Akande 2-3 0-0 1-2 5, TOTALS 19-37 2FG, 3-11 3FG, 7-9 FT, 54 TP.

MATTOON (42)

Jared Pilson 3-4 0-3 0-0 6, Skyler Hartbank 2-4 0-0 0-0 4, Grant Speer 5-9 1-5 2-3 15, Ben Vieth 1-2 0-0 0-1 2, Ryan Sparks 2-6 0-0 2-2 6, Austin Wetzel 1-3 0-1 0-1 2, Ryan Hutchinson 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Travis Kittell 1-3 1-1 0-0 5, Michael White 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 16-39 2FG, 2-10 3FG, 4-7 FT, 42 TP.

Turnovers - RHS 14, MHS 10. Team fouls - RHS 13, MHS 14. Fouled out - Nicholas. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (RHS 39) Nicholas 12, Weck 8, Hoagland 7, Akande 4, Siler 3, Blount 3, Chipman 2. (MHS 21) Speer 6, Hutchinson 5, White 3. Steals - (RHS 5) Nicholas 2, Blount 2, Tennison. (MHS 8) Hartbank 2, Speer 2. Assists - (RHS 12) Siler 5, Nicholas 2, Akande 2, Weck, Blount, Tennison. (MHS 10) Sparks 6. Blocked shots - (RHS 3) Nicholas 3. (MHS 1) White.

Next game - Robinson (1-0) will play Mt. Zion tonight at 5 in the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.







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