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home : sports : sports June 24, 2016

1/29/2013 10:23:00 AM
Statesmen thumped by WVC, 79-60
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

A big second half once again propelled a team to victory Saturday night, but unfortunately for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team, it wasn't the home team.

As strong as the start of the game was for Lincoln Trail, the finish was that much worse in a 79-60 loss to visiting Wabash Valley College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

The Statesmen played a solid first half and built a 43-30 lead at halftime, but then shot less than 20-percent from the floor in the second half on their way to being outscored 49-17, which allowed Wabash Valley to come from behind and pick up the victory.

Lincoln Trail shot close to 54 percent from the floor in the first half (15-28), including 7-12 from three-point range (58 percent) and also went 6-8 from the free throw line (6-8) on their way to building their double-digit lead. However, the Statesmen made just 5-27 shots after halftime (19 percent), including 3-13 from three-point range (23 percent) and a mere 4-10 from the free throw line (40 percent).

Meanwhile, Wabash Valley made 46 percent of their field goal attempts in the first half (10-22) to stay within striking distance, then blistered the nets at a 70-percent clip in the second half to run away with the win. The Warriors made 16-23 shots from the floor, including 3-6 from three-point range (50 percent), while also making 14-22 free throw attempts (64 percent).

For the game, LTC made just 36 percent of their shots (20-55), including 10-30 from two-point range (33 percent) and 10-25 from three-point range (40 percent), while also making just 10-18 free throws (56 percent). On the other hand, Wabash Valley shot 58 percent for the game (26-45), which included a 21-33 performance from inside the arc (64 percent) and 5-12 from long distance (42 percent), while also making 22-33 foul shots (67 percent).

The loss for the Statesmen snapped a three-game home winning streak and was the sixth defeat in eight league games this season.

Dennis Hightower led LTC with 16 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals, while Jake Newton posted 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Caleb Begle netted nine points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal, Nick Painter totaled seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot, Daryll Walker contributed five points and one rebound, Jesse Tesmer collected four points and three rebounds, John Bootz added four points and one rebound and Lawrence Smith and Jacob Duncan had one point and two rebounds apiece.

Four players reached double figures for Wabash Valley, led by Rontray Chavis with 22 points, six rebounds and one assist. Chris Griffin posted 14 points, eight rebounds and one blocked shot for the Warriors, Phillip Jackson netted 11 points and three rebounds and Tyrone Sherman tossed in 10 points.

Lincoln Trail (10-9, 2-6 GRAC) will play at John A. Logan College for a GRAC contest Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

In the women's game, Lincoln Trail lost to Wabash Valley, 62-28, to fall to 0-15 overall and 0-7 in GRAC play.

Further details will be in Tuesday's edition of the Daily News.

The Lady Statesmen will play at John A. Logan College for another GRAC contest Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

At LTC Sports Center, Robinson

Wabash Valley College 30 49 - 79

Lincoln Trail College 43 17 - 60



WABASH VALLEY (79)

Rontray Chavis 8-10 0-0 6-9 22, Lawrence Kinney 0-1 1-2 3-4 6, Kenneth Simpson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Thomas 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Tyrone Sherman 1-2 1-1 5-6 10, Thomas Freeney Jr. 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Beau Bridgeland 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Alvin Braddock 3-3 0-0 3-6 9, Phillip Jackson 5-10 0-0 1-2 11, Alexander Carr 1-2 1-7 0-0 5, Chris Griffin 2-3 2-2 4-6 14, Bienne Miles 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 21-33 2FG, 5-12 3FG, 22-33 FT, 79 TP.

LINCOLN TRAIL (60)

Lawrence Smith 0-2 0-0 1-2 1, Jordan Houser 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Daryll Walker 0-0 1-1 2-4 5, Ron Dietz 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Begle 0-2 3-7 0-2 9, Austin Callahan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Duncan 0-0 0-1 1-2 1, Dennis Hightower 2-7 3-7 3-4 16, Nick Painter 2-5 1-1 0-0 7, Jake Newton 2-6 2-7 3-4 13, John Bootz 2-3 0-0 0-0 4, Jesse Tesmer 2-4 0-0 0-0 4, TOTALS 10-30 2FG, 10-25 3FG, 10-18 FT, 60 TP.

Turnovers - WVC 19, LTC 14. Team fouls - WVC 17, LTC 22. Fouled out - Tesmer. Technical foul - LTC coach Ray. Rebounds - (WVC 34) Griffin 8, Carr 6, Chavis 6, Kinney 6. (LTC 32) Painter 7, Newton 7, Tesmer 3, Hightower 3, Smith 2, Dietz 2, Begle 2, Duncan 2, Bootz, Houser, Walker. Steals - (LTC 9) Newton 3, Painter 3, Hightower 2, Dietz, Begle. Assists - (LTC 12) Hightower 5, Painter 3, Newton 2, Dietz, Begle. Blocked shots - (WVC 1) Griffin. (LTC 1) Painter.

Next game - Lincoln Trail (10-9, 2-6 GRAC) will play at John A. Logan College Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.





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