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home : sports : sports June 29, 2016

12/7/2012 2:54:00 PM
Maroons hammer Red Hill for 69-30 win
Sports Editor

Games like Tuesday night's Little Illini Conference contest in Robinson don't come often, but when they do, team's need to make sure they take advantage.

Robinson High School's boys' basketball team did just that, disposing of an overmatched Red Hill team on their way to a 69-30 win in their home opener.

"I was pleased with the effort and that the boys didn't get trapped in a game like this," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "The big thing was for us is to not take anyone for granted and the boys responded really well."

The Maroons jumped out to a quick lead and were never threatened in the LIC contest. Michael Akande opened things up for RHS, finishing a lob from Aaron Siler for a layup to start the game, then added two free throws after he was fouled on another lob attempt, giving the Maroons a 4-0 lead less than a minute into the game.

After Red Hill scored at the 6:34 mark, Robinson ran off eight straight points to take a 12-2 lead with 4:37 to play. A basket by Red Hill made the score 12-4, but Robinson countered with an 11-2 run to end the period and take a 23-6 lead.

The onslaught continued in the second quarter, as Robinson scored the first 13 points of the period to extend their advantage to 36-6. In fact, Robinson held Red Hill scoreless for the first 5:39 of the second quarter and just three points total in the period, as the Maroons outscored Red Hill 19-3 to take a 42-9 lead at halftime.

It got worse in the third quarter, despite Red Hill picking it up a bit on the offensive end. The Salukis doubled their game total with nine points in the third quarter, but Robinson added 16 more to extend their lead to 58-18 heading into the fourth quarter.

With reserves playing the entire fourth quarter for the Maroons, the lead ballooned to as many as 44, before Red Hill ended the game on a 7-2 run to trim the final margin.

Defense was a big key to Robinson's success, as they limited the Salukis to just 12 field goals in the game and forced them into 31 turnovers.

"We limited them to nine at the half and 18 after three. Anytime you can limit a varsity team like that it is very good defense. I told them we didn't have to steal the ball from the guy we are guarding. If we pressure them enough, they will throw us the ball. Once we got going in the other direction, the guys started to smell the blood in the water and it led to a lot of easy baskets for us."

Robinson also had another solid night shooting the ball, making 54 percent of their field goal attempts (30-56), which included a 25-41 performance from two-point range (61 percent) and a 5-15 effort from three-point range (33 percent). Meanwhile, Red Hill made 12-27 shots from the floor (44 percent), including 8-17 from inside the arc (47 percent) and 4-10 from long distance (40 percent).

The Maroons actually made as many shots in the game as Red Hill had points, while the Salukis also committed more turnovers than the number of points they scored. Of those 31 turnovers, 21 were on steals by the Maroons, which led to several easy baskets on the other end. Also, the Maroons handed out 19 assists on their 30 field goals.

"The boys were very unselfish and our scoring was very balanced," Thompson said. "Our kids are smart basketball players. They know the more you pound the ball inside early that it frees up the outside. In their zone, they were leaving the bottom open. The boys didn't force outside shots and did a good job finding Michael and Derrick (Nicholas)."

Akande led four players in double figures for RHS with 16 points, along with three steals and one rebound, while Cory Blount posted 15 points, six assists and three steals. Nicholas totaled 14 points, four rebounds, four blocked shots, two steals and one assist, Siler netted 13 points, five steals, five assists and one rebound, Jason Richart contributed seven points and one rebound off the bench, Cole Chipman collected two points, seven rebounds and two steals and Wes Harrison added two points and one blocked shot.

"I left Michael in longer to get him going and I saw some nice things on offense from him," Thompson said. "As he continues to get healthy, he is going to be a load. Derrick is the key that gets our engine started. Once we get him going, it opens up everything else. Cory was very aggressive taking the ball to the basket and played well. Aaron just wants to win and will do whatever it takes. Even though he didn't score, Brayden Scott's effort has been great. His maturity as a basketball player has really come a long way. We also got good minutes off the bench from (Austin) Weck and (Landen) Hoagland."

Matthew Young led Red Hill with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Jake Allen netted eight points, two rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot.

Robinson also cruised to a 54-14 win in the junior varsity game.

Parker Bopp led RHS with 10 points, two steals and one rebound, while Harrison posted nine points, two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Richart totaled eight points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, Brody Scott netted seven points, two rebounds and one assist, Landen Hoagland contributed six points, four steals and one rebound, Chipman collected six points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Noah Tennison added six points and one rebound and Connor Griffin had two points, three assists, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot.

Robinson (6-0, 2-0 LIC) will play at Cumberland for a Little Illini Conference contest Friday at 6:15 p.m.

At Robinson

Red Hill 6 3 9 12 - 30

Robinson 23 19 16 11 - 69


Steven Ramsaran 1-2 1-1 0-1 5, Jake Allen 4-7 0-3 0-0 8, Tristan Holtz 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Dalton Murray 1-1 0-1 0-1 2, Noah Puntney 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Matthew Young 1-1 3-4 2-2 13, Ryan Kolb 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 8-17 2FG, 4-10 3FG, 2-5 FT, 30 TP.


Noah Tennison 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Connor Griffin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Siler 2-4 3-7 0-0 13, Wes Harrison 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Cory Blount 6-7 1-4 0-0 15, Cole Chipman 1-5 0-0 0-0 2, Austin Weck 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Kaleb Patton 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Jason Richart 2-3 1-2 0-0 7, Brayden Scott 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Derrick Nicholas 7-7 0-0 0-2 14, Michael Akande 6-10 0-0 4-4 16, TOTALS 25-41 2FG, 5-15 3FG, 4-6 FT, 67 TP.

Turnovers - RHHS 31, RHS 7. Team fouls - RHHS 13, RHS 15. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (RHHS 23) Puntney 5, Murray 5, Ramsaran 5, Young 4. (RHS 22) Chipman 7, Scott 4, Nicholas 4, Weck 2, Hoagland 2, Siler, Akande, Richart. Steals - (RHHS 4) Young 2, Holtz, Ramsaran. (RHS 21) Siler 5, Blount 3, Weck 3, Hoagland 3, Akande 3, Nicholas 2, Chipman 2. Assists - (RHHS 7) Young 4, Allen 2, Murray. (RHS 19) Blount 6, Siler 5, Scott 3, Hoagland 2, Nicholas, Griffin, Tennison. Blocked shots - (RHHS 2) Kolb, Allen. (RHS 5) Nicholas 4, Harrison.

Junior Varsity

Red Hill 2 2 4 6 - 14

Robinson 13 16 14 11 - 54

Highlights - (RHS) Parker Bopp 10 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Wes Harrison 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot; Jason Richart 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals; Brody Scott 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Cole Chipman 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals; Landen Hoagland 6 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals; Noah Tennison 6 points, 1 rebound; Connor Griffin 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot; Cody Blount 3 assists, 3 steals; Wes Wright 1 rebound, 1 steal.

Next game - Robinson (6-0, 2-0 LIC) will play at Cumberland Friday at 6:15 p.m.

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