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home : sports : sports May 26, 2016

12/19/2012 3:00:00 PM
Maroons split pair of weeekend games
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor



One unbeaten streak remained intact, while another one fell by the wayside for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team over the weekend.

The Maroons remained undefeated in Little Illini Conference play with an 81-54 win over Lawrenceville Friday, but they were unable to stay unbeaten overall, losing to visiting Teutopolis, 59-53, in a match-up of top-10 teams Saturday.

On Friday, Robinson got off to a quick start by scoring the first eight points of the game, including six by Aaron Siler, but Lawrenceville countered with seven in a row to make the score 8-7 midway through the opening period. The teams would trade four-point swings before Robinson ripped off seven in a row to take a 19-11 lead and held a 19-13 advantage after the first quarter.

A three-pointer by Lawrenceville's Brandt Cochran to start the second quarter closed the gap to 19-16, but Robinson answered with a 9-0 run, including five points from Cory Blount and four more from Siler, to push the lead to 28-16 with 4:55 to play. Lawrenceville responded with a 13-6 burst to pull within five and trailed by that margin, 36-31, at halftime.

Exceptional shooting kept the Indians in the game in the first half, as they made 12-17 field goals (71 percent), which included a 4-5 effort from three-point range (80 percent) and a 6-6 performance from the floor in the second quarter. Robinson also shot the ball well in the first half, making 15-28 shots from the floor (54 percent).

"Anytime a team shoots 12-17 for a half, they are going to be in the ball game," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "We gave them too many open shots and I will take the blame for that. I switched to a different defense and it backfired. We have them five quick points and gave them some life."

However, the Maroons turned it up a notch on both ends of the floor to get the separation they needed.

Robinson opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run, which included seven points from Derrick Nicholas, to extend the lead to 47-33 with 5:30 remaining and Lawrenceville would not get any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

The Maroons outscored Lawrenceville 23-13 in the third quarter and 22-10 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

"We did a better job on defense in the second half," Thompson said. "Give our guys credit, they kept pressing and attacking and we got some steals, which led to easy baskets."

For the game, Lawrenceville made 21-39 shots from the floor (54 percent), including 14-26 from two-point range and 7-13 from three-point range. Robinson, meanwhile, connected on 32-60 field goal attempts (53 percent), which included a 28-53 effort from inside the arc (52 percent) and 4-7 performance from long distance (57 percent). Robinson held a big advantage from free throw line, making 13-16 fouls shots (81 percent), while Lawrenceville was just 5-12 (42 percent).

Siler led RHS with 21 points, three assists, two rebounds and two blocked shots, while Blount posted 20 points, five steals, three rebounds and three assists. Nicholas totaled 17 points, nine rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot, Michael Akande collected eight points, six rebounds, six steals, three assists and one blocked shot, Brayden Scott netted eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, Jason Richart added five points and two steals and Cole Chipman scored two points.

"Aaron did a nice job attacking when it was there and I can't say enough about Cory," Thompson said. "This was his second straight 20-point game and he is looking very aggressive offensively right now. We did a good job establishing Derrick in the second half, they didn't do a good job defending it and it worked for us. Brayden is very unselfish, sometimes to a fault. He can be a 12-14 point scorer for us."

Robinson also won the junior varsity game, 39-21. Chipman topped RHS with 12 points, seven steals, five rebounds and one blocked shot, while Richart posted eight points, four steals, three rebounds and two blocked shots.

Saturday's game was a potential postseason preview and it lived up to the hype.

Once again, Robinson got off to a hot start, scoring the first eight points to take an early lead, but Teutopolis closed the gap to 12-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Wooden Shoes carried that momentum into the second quarter, as they went on a 15-4 run to take a 23-16 lead and held a 25-19 advantage at halftime.

Teutopolis continued to add to their lead in the third quarter, pushing it to as many as 11, 37-26, before Robinson ended the third quarter on an 8-2 run to pull within 39-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Maroons continued to claw back in it, getting as close as 44-42 with just under five minutes to go, but could not get all the way back. Robinson was still within three, 53-50, in the final minute, but Teutopolis hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"I thought our guys played really hard," Thompson said. "It's difficult to beat a good team when you miss 12 shots within three feet of the basket and when you have three starters in foul trouble in the first half."

Uncharacteristically, Robinson struggled shooting the ball Saturday, making just 19-49 field goal attempts (39 percent). That included a 13-30 effort from two-point range (43 percent) and a 6-19 performance from three-point range (32 percent). Meanwhile, Teutopolis was efficient from the floor, connecting on 19-35 shots (54 percent), including 15-24 from inside the arc (63 percent) and 4-11 from long distance (36 percent). Also, Teutopolis rebounded with an 0-5 effort from the free throw line in the first half to shoot 17-26 from the line for the game (65 percent), while Robinson made 9-13 foul shots (69 percent).

"Our guys hung tough and battled back to within two points, but couldn't make the key plays down the stretch and they did," Thompson said.

Siler led all scorers in the game with 25 points, three rebounds and two assists to lead RHS, while Scott posted 14 points, five rebounds and one assist. Akande contributed six points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Nicholas totaled four points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot, Blount netted two points, two steals and one assist and Richart added two points, one rebound and one steal.

Reed Hardiek led three players in double figures with 18 points, while Derek Smith and Devin Falbe scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wooden Shoes.

Robinson also lost the junior varsity game for the first time this season, 48-29.

Richart led RHS with nine points, while Landen Hoagland, Brody Scott and Cody Blount scored five points apiece.

"I'm excited to get back to practice Monday and the game Tuesday to continue to get better," Thompson said. "Our best basketball is still ahead of us."



At Robinson

Lawrenceville 13 18 13 10 - 54

Robinson 19 17 23 22 - 81



LAWRENCEVILLE (54)

Nate Ladson 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Austin Dorney 7-10 0-0 2-2 16, Harry Loeb 2-3 0-3 1-4 5, Jacob Potts 3-3 1-2 0-0 9, Braxton Blagrave 0-1 3-4 0-0 9, Austin Wanke 1-1 0-0 1-2 3, John Thompson 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, John Barnes 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Brandt Cochran 0-3 3-3 0-0 9, Jordan Shick 0-0 0-0 1-2 1, Trevor Lockhart 1-4 0-0 0-2 2, TOTALS 14-26 2FG, 7-13 3FG, 5-12 FT, 54 TP.

ROBINSON (81)

Aaron Siler 8-14 1-2 2-3 21, Wes Harrison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cory Blount 5-9 2-4 4-4 20, Cole Chipman 0-1 0-0 2-2 2, Austin Weck 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Jason Richart 1-1 1-1 0-0 5, Brayden Scott 3-6 0-0 2-2 8, Derrick Nicholas 7-11 0-0 3-5 17, Michael Akande 4-8 0-0 0-0 8, TOTALS 28-53 2FG, 4-7 3FG, 13-16 FT, 81 TP.

Turnovers - LHS 24, RHS 11. Team fouls - LHS 12, RHS 14. Fouled out - Scott. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (LHS 22) Potts 6, Cochran 4, Loeb 4. (RHS 31) Nicholas 9, Akande 6, Scott 4, Weck 4, Blount 3, Hoagland 3, Siler 2. Steals - (LHS 3) Loeb 2, Wanke. (RHS 20) Akande 6, Blount 5, Nicholas 3, Scott 2, Richart 2, Hoagland 2. Assists - (LHS 15) Loeb 7, Cochran 2, Lockhart 2. (RHS 16) Scott 4, Akande 3, Siler 3, Blount 3, Hoagland 2, Weck. Blocked shots - (RHS 6) Siler 2, Hoagland 2, Nicholas, Akande.



Junior Varsity

Lawrenceville 2 7 9 3 - 21

Robinson 7 9 13 10 - 39

Highlights - (RHS) Cole Chipman 12 points, 5 rebounds, 7 steals, 1 blocked shot; Jason Richart 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocked shots; Landen Hoagland 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Noah Tennison 6 points, 1 assist; Wes Harrison 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals; Connor Griffin 3 points, 1 rebound; Parker Bopp 2 rebounds; Cody Blount 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot; Brody Scott 2 assists.



Teutopolis 8 17 12 20 - 59

Robinson 12 7 15 19 - 53



TEUTOPOLIS (59)

Reed Hardiek 1-1 2-4 10-11 18, Derek Smith 1-2 2-7 4-9 12, Devin Falbe 5-9 0-2 1-3 11, Kyle Pruemer 4-6 0-0 0-0 8, Rourke Schultz 2-3 0-0 0-0 4, C. Will 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Brett Mette 1-1 0-0 0-1 2, Jared Waldhoff 0-1 0-0 2-2 2, TOTALS 15-24 2FG, 4-11 3FG, 17-26 FT, 59 TP.



ROBINSON (53)

Aaron Siler 4-11 4-11 5-6 25, Brayden Scott 3-4 2-3 2-4 14, Michael Akande 3-5 0-0 0-1 6, Derrick Nicholas 1-3 0-0 2-2 4, Jason Richart 1-1 0-1 0-0 2, Cory Blount 1-5 0-4 0-0 2, Austin Weck 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Blount 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 13-30 2FG, 6-19 3FG, 9-13 FT, 53 TP.

Turnovers - THS 12, RHS 13. Rebounds - (RHS 24) Nicholas 10, Scott 5, Siler 3, Akande 2, Weck 2, Richart. Steals - (RHS 6) Blount 2, Akande 2, Nicholas, Richart. Assists - (RHS 6) Siler 2, Scott, Akande, Nicholas, Blount. Blocked shots - (RHS 2) Nicholas, Weck.



Junior Varsity

Teutopolis 48

Robinson 29

Highlights - (RHS) Jason Richart 9 points; Landen Hoagland 5 points; Cole Chipman 4 points; Cody Blount 5 points; Parker Bopp 1 point; Brody Scott 5 points.







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