|1/10/2013 10:56:00 AM|
Maroons down Casey-Westfield, 79-58
|Robinson’s Brayden Scott (35) puts up a shot after being fouled by Casey-Westfield’s Sam Huisinga in the opening seconds of Tuesday night’s Little Illini Conference contest. Scott would make the basket and complete the three-point play as part of his 10-point effort and he was one of four players in double figures for the Maroons in their 79-58 win. (Josh Brown photo)|
The showdown between two unbeaten teams in Little Illini Conference play was as advertised for about two and a half quarters Tuesday night, but it was all Robinson after that.
Robinson and Casey-Westfield both came into their LIC clash with perfect 5-0 records in league play, but a big third-quarter surge by the Maroons gave them the separation they needed on their way to a 79-58 victory to stay on top of the conference standings.
"This was a nice win for us," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "I was pleased with our focus and effort on both ends of the floor."
Robinson never trailed in the game, but that did not mean the Maroons weren't threatened.
Brayden Scott opened the game with an old-fashioned three-point play to put RHS on top, but Casey-Westfield's Sam Huisinga answered with a three-pointer to tie the game. Robinson responded by scoring the next six points to take a 9-3 lead on their way to claiming a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Casey-Westfield countered with a 7-0 run to start the second quarter to pull within two, but Robinson countered with an 8-3 spurt to push their lead back to 29-22 with 3:43 remaining. The Warriors answered with an 8-1 spree - with six of those points coming from the free throw line - to tie the game at 30-30 with 1:59 to play, but Robinson came right back with eight straight points to take a 38-30 lead.
Derrick Nicholas started the run with a layup, then Aaron Siler hit a floater in the lane for a four-point RHS lead. Michael Akande was next, as he took a nice feed from Siler for a two-handed dunk, then Siler finished a fast break with another hoop for an eight-point advantage with 24 seconds left, but Casey-Westfield's Trivette Scales got a tip-in with five seconds left and the Maroons held a 38-32 advantage at halftime.
Robinson pushed their lead back to eight, 48-40, with 4:00 left in the third quarter, but Casey-Westfield got a hoop from Scales after he was left open under the basket following a scramble for the ball at midcourt, making the score 48-42 with 3:40 to play. However, those would be the last points of the period for the Warriors. The Maroons closed the period on a 15-0 run to effectively put the game out of reach.
Scott nailed a baseline jumper, Nicholas followed with a free throw, then Cory Blount and Scott hit consecutive three-pointers to push the lead to 57-42 with 1:25 left. Nicholas would finish off a fast break with a layup off a feed from Siler at the 1:05 mark, then Blount sank two free throws after Casey-Westfield was whistled for an intentional foul on Blount following a steal. Then, on the ensuing possession, Blount drove the baseline for a layup with 11 seconds left to give Robinson a 63-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
A 7-2 spurt by Casey-Westfield closed the gap to 16, 65-49, early in the final period, but they would not get any closer the rest of the way. The Maroons pushed the lead to as many as 24 points in the final minutes before settling for the 21-point win.
"In the second quarter, we gave up 20 points and a lot of them were on free throws, so we wanted to make them earn their points in the second half," Thompson said. "We let them hang around early in the third, but then our defense wore down on them and we took advantage. We had a nice last four minutes of the quarter to break the game open."
While defense played a part in the Maroons' victory, Thompson credited his players' focus for their second-half surge.
"I thought we had a lot of opportunities early in the game to break it open, but we missed some open looks," Thompson said. "But, the kids did a good job of playing the game and not letting the scoreboard dictate how we played. They are smart kids and know what they have to do, which benefits us in games like this."
The Maroons were also efficient again on the offensive end, shooting over 50 percent once again and dishing out 20 assists on their 31 field goals. They were able to take advantage of their size inside against Casey-Westfield's man-to-man defense, with Nicholas being the primary beneficiary.
Nicholas posted 28 points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots, one assist and one steal, with all but one of his field goals coming just a few feet from the basket.
"That is the guys' understanding where our bread and butter is," Thompson said. "Sometimes its Aaron, sometimes its Michael, but tonight it was Derrick. He has had a good stretch lately where he is taking advantage of the situation and the kids did a good job exploiting it."
All of the Maroons' points came from their starters, with three others in double figures and the other just missing.
Blount totaled 18 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists, Siler recorded 14 points, eight assists, two rebounds and two steals, Scott contributed 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and one steal and Akande netted nine points, seven rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.
"This was one of Cory's better offensive games," Thompson said. "We was very aggressive in going to the basket tonight. Aaron is a smart player and knows where the money is and tonight it was No. 40 (Nicholas). A lot of Derrick's points were because of their focus on Aaron what they were giving us. He did a good job making the passes when they were open and Derrick did a nice job around the basket."
Robinson made 31-60 field goal attempts (52 percent), including 29-50 from two-point range (58 percent) and 2-10 from three-point range (20 percent), while the Maroons held a potent Casey-Westfield offense to 19-47 shooting (40 percent), which included 15-27 from inside the arc (56 percent) and 4-20 from long distance (20 percent). The Maroons made 15-24 foul shots (63 percent), while Casey-Westfield was 16-21 at the charity stripe (76 percent).
"We did a nice job attacking offensively, then did a good job defensively getting stops and forcing tough shots," Thompson said.
Trivette Scales led Casey-Westfield with 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots, while Brandon Wolfe posted 18 points, three rebounds and three assists. Matt McCown also reached double figures with 10 points, four rebounds and one assist and Zach Murphy added nine points, four rebounds, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot.
"Michael did a nice job guarding Scales and had probably one of his best defensive games," Thompson said. "Cory did a good job on Wolfe, Aaron did a nice job on Murphy and Brayden did a good job limiting (Sam) Huisinga."
Robinson also rolled to a 49-24 win in the junior varsity contest.
Cole Chipman topped RHS with 16 points, two steals, two blocked shots and one rebound, while Parker Bopp posted 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Cody Blount totaled eight points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists, Jason Richart netted five points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Wes Harrison added four points and two rebounds, Brody Scott collected two points and three rebounds, Noah Tennison had two points and two rebounds and Landen Hoagland had two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
Robinson (15-2, 6-0 LIC) will play at another Clark County school, Marshall, for a LIC contest Friday at 6:15 p.m.
"That is going to be a tough game," Thompson said. "They have a very good homecourt advantage and Marshall always plays well at home. It will be a good test for us to see where we are at on the road."
Casey-Westfield 12 20 10 16 - 58
Robinson 21 17 25 16 - 79
Trey Thompson 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Lawrence 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Huisinga 0-0 1-4 0-0 3, Trivette Scales 6-10 1-6 3-3 18, Zach Murphy 1-2 2-5 1-2 9, Brandon Wolfe 5-10 0-4 8-12 18, Shawn McCown 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Matt McCown 3-4 0-0 4-4 10, Corey Carver 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 15-27 2FG, 4-20 3FG, 16-21 FT, 58 TP.
Noah Tennison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Siler 4-8 0-5 6-9 14, Cory Blount 6-10 1-3 3-4 18, Cole Chipman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Weck 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Jason Richart 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Scott 3-4 1-1 1-1 10, Derrick Nicholas 13-22 0-0 2-6 28, Michael Akande 3-5 0-0 3-4 9, TOTALS 29-50 2FG, 2-10 3FG, 15-24 FT, 79 TP.
Turnovers - CWHS 16, RHS 5. Team fouls - CWHS 20, RHS 17. Fouled out - Murphy, M. McCown. Technical foul - Scales, Scott. Rebounds - (CWHS 29) Scales 11, Murphy 4, M. McCown 4. (RHS 34) Nicholas 10, Akande 7, Scott 5, Blount 4, Hoagland 4, Siler 2, Richart 2. Steals - (CWHS 3) Scales 2, Murphy. (RHS 8) Blount 3, Siler 2, Scott, Nicholas, Chipman. Assists - (CWHS 9) Scales 3, Wolfe 3. (RHS 20) Siler 8, Scott 5, Blount 2, Richart 2, Nicholas, Akande, Hoagland. Blocked shots - (CWHS 3) Scales 2, Murphy. (RHS 5) Nicholas 4, Akande.
Casey-Westfield 6 5 9 4 - 24
Robinson 10 7 20 12 - 49
Highlights - (RHS) Cole Chipman 16 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots; Parker Bopp 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Cody Blount 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals; Jason Richart 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Wes Harrison 4 points, 2 rebounds; Landen Hoagland 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Brody Scott 2 points, 3 rebounds; Noah Tennison 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Connor Griffin 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals; Wes Wright 1 steal.
Next game - Robinson (15-2, 6-0 LIC) will play at Marshall Friday at 6:15 p.m.
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