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home : sports : sports September 30, 2014

2/5/2013 2:58:00 PM
Maroons thump Newton, fall to Castle
Sports Editor

Two big challenges faced Robinson High School's boys' basketball team over the weekend.

The Maroons handled the first one with flying colors, avenging a previous loss to rival Newton Friday in Little Illini Conference play, 61-41, but came up short on the second one Saturday in an 82-70 loss to Castle, Ind., Saturday on Senior Night.


Suffocation would be a good way to describe Robinson's defensive strategy against Newton Friday night.

The Maroons were relentless with their man-to-man pressure on the Eagles, especially senior guard Cory Blount on Newton's leading scorer Dylan Davidson.

Davidson scored 24 points in Newton's win over the Maroons at the LIC Tournament, but was held to just two points on 1-11 shooting Friday before leaving the game late in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

"The kids had a good mind-set tonight, especially on defense," Thompson said. "Cory took it personally that Davidson had 24 the last time and did not let him get any easy looks this time."

Robinson was in control throughout and never trailed in the game. Aaron Siler opened with a three-pointer just over a minute into the game and Derrick Nicholas added a free throw to give the Maroons a 4-0 lead at the 6:03 mark of the first period. After a basket by Newton's Keith Butler with 5:30 left, Robinson embarked on a 10-0 run to take control. Nicholas started the run with a layup and a free throw, while Michael Akande followed with a putback after Siler missed a three for a 9-2 RHS lead. Siler then converted a drive to the basket with a layup and Blount buried a three-pointer from the left corner to make the score 14-2 with 1:35 to play, before Newton's Travis Lidy scored to make the score 14-4 at the end of the first quarter.

That was as close as Newton would get the rest of the way, as Akande scored the first three points of the second quarter on a tip-in of a Nicholas miss and a free throw to put Robinson up 17-4. The Maroons would go on to outscore Newton 16-9 in the period to extend their advantage to 30-13 at halftime.

It was more of the same in the third quarter, as Robinson opened with seven straight points on layup by Akande and Brayden Scott and another three-pointer by Blount to push the lead to 37-13 with 5:50 to play. Robinson would lead by as many as 28 in the third while outscoring Newton 17-8 in the period to take a 47-21 lead into the fourth quarter.

Newton closed the gap to 22 early in the fourth, but an 8-0 RHS run that featured two more Blount three-pointers and a putback by Nicholas gave the Maroons their biggest lead of 30 at 55-25 with 4:55 remaining. Both teams were substituting freely in the final period, with Newton outscoring RHS 20-14, but the outcome had long been decided.

"Our defense was very good tonight," Thompson said. "We gave up double figures in all four quarters last time and our goal was to hold them to single digits in each quarter this time and we did that for the first three."

The win was satisfying for the Maroons, as they avenged their loss to the Eagles at the LIC Tournament and helped defend the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Newton Regional that the Maroons received late last week.

"We played like a No. 1 seed tonight," Thompson said. "We were embarrassed about the last game and knew that wasn't us. We are better than that and we showed it tonight."

Robinson had another efficient night shooting the ball, making 23-45 field goal attempts (51 percent), including 17-32 from two-point range (53 percent) and 6-13 from three-point range (46 percent). On the other hand, Newton struggled from the floor, making just 15-45 shots (33 percent), which included 12-34 from inside the arc (35 percent) and 3-11 from long distance (27 percent). Both teams scuffled at the free throw line, as Robinson made just 9-15 foul shots (60 percent), while Newton was 8-18 at the charity stripe (44 percent).

Akande led RHS with 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal, while Blount posted 12 points, five rebounds and one steal. Nicholas totaled 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal, Siler netted 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, Scott contributed eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist and Wes Harrison scored two points.

Dylan Johnson led Newton with eight points, one rebound and one steal, while Butler posted seven points, seven rebounds, four blocked shots and one steal.

Robinson lost the junior varsity game, 45-43. Jason Richart led RHS with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist, while Cole Chipman posted 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot.


If Friday night was a test to see where the Maroons were at, Saturday was more like a final exam. While the Maroons played well at times, Castle was just a little better.

"They are by far the best team we've played all year," Thompson said. "They are a lot faster than I expected and they are a really good defensive team. Seeing them on film does not do them justice."

The teams traded baskets early in the game, with Siler scoring the first seven points for the Maroons. Castle strung together five straight points to take a 15-9 lead with 3:10 left, but a three-point play by Scott and two free throws from Nicholas closed the gap to 15-14 with 2:14 to play. Castle responded with five of the next seven points to take a 20-16 lead and held a 22-18 advantage at the end of the first period.

Two free throws by Siler early in the second period pulled the Maroons to within 22-20, but Castle countered with the next seven points to take a 29-20 lead with 5:45 to play, as they outscored Robinson 17-14 in the second quarter for a 39-32 halftime lead.

Robinson showed some life in the third quarter, as two free throws by Nicholas and a dunk by Akande off a nifty feed from Siler pulled the Maroons to within 39-36 less than a minute into the period, but Castle answered with an 8-3 spurt to push the lead to 47-39 with 5:10 to play. Castle still held a seven-point advantage with 1:25 remaining, but Siler knocked down a three-pointer at the 1:15 mark, then added two free throws with 48.2 seconds left to close the gap to 57-55. The Maroons nearly took the lead at the end of the period, as Nicholas rebounded a Castle miss in the final seconds and launched a shot from about 80 feet that rattled in and out at the buzzer.

The Maroons appeared to have tied the game at the start of the fourth quarter, but Blount was called for an offensive foul on his shot attempt from the baseline, which gave him his fourth foul and sent him to the bench. Robinson would eventually take the lead, 58-57, on a three-point play by Nicholas at the 6:40 mark, but Castle's Cayman Meier countered with a three-pointer to give Castle a 60-58 lead. Siler came right back for the Maroons with a three-point play of his own put RHS on top, 61-60, with 6:03 left, then Scott sank two free throws to make the score 63-60 with 5:12 to go. Castle responded with five straight points to take a 65-63 lead with 4:30 to play, before Scott tied the game with two more free throws with 4:10 on the clock.

The teams then traded baskets to keep the game tied, before Castle's Kyle Aiton knocked down a three-pointer with 2:33 remaining to put Castle on top for good at 70-67. Two free throws by Brayden Sims made the score 72-67 with 2:07 left, then Siler made a floater at the 1:34 mark, but he was called for an offensive that wiped out the basket. Castle would then break the Robinson press for an easy hoop, then added another hoop and two free throws to make the score 78-67 with 1:08 remaining. A putback by Nicholas and a free throw by Nicholas after a steal by Austin Weck pulled the Maroons to within 78-70 with 38.6 seconds left, but Castle made enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"I thought we fought and battled," Thompson said. "We did a good job weathering their storms. We could have folded, but we got up off the canvas and came back. They (Castle) just hit shots when they needed to. In a game like this, you have to hit clutch shots. We had some open looks and some offensive rebounds, but just didn't finish some possessions when we needed to."

For once, Robinson did not shoot the ball well, making 23-57 field goal attempts (40 percent), including 19-41 from two-point range (46 percent) and 4-16 from three-point range (25 percent). Meanwhile, Castle connected on 25-46 shots from the floor (54 percent), which included a 19-28 performance from inside the arc (68 percent) and 6-18 from long distance (33 percent). Castle also held an advantage at the free throw line, making 26-30 foul shots (87 percent), while Robinson made just 20-28 attempts (71 percent).

Siler led RHS with 30 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Nicholas posted 20 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and one assist. Scott contributed 16 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one assist and Akande added four points and one assist.

"Aaron did a good job mixing it up. He had to take some long shots early because we were stagnant on offense, but we did a better job in the second half and opened up some driving lanes for him and he took advantage," Thompson said. "Brayden played well. He hit some big shots and kept some balls alive. He was aggressive and played one of his better games. I can't say enough about our guys and the effort they have given."

Five players reached double figures for Castle, led by Aiton with 23 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal. Blake Simmons, son of former Lawrenceville standout and current University of Evansville head coach Marty Simmons, posted 16 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Bryson Jenkins netted 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot, Brayden Sims added 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal and Meier had 10 points, four assists and two rebounds.

"Simmons earned all 16 of his points," Thompson said. "That was tied for a season-low for him. The trio of Akande, Nicholas and Hoagland did an outstanding job on him."

Castle also won the junior varsity game, 46-44.

Chipman led RHS with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots, while Richart had 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot.

Robinson (20-4, 9-0 LIC) will play at Flora for a Little Illini Conference contest Friday at 6:15 p.m.

"It is not going to get any lighter for us the rest of the way," Thompson said. "This was a great barometer to see where we are at, because we have some tough games coming up. Our main focus is to win the conference right now and to do that, we have to win at Flora and at Oblong, which are places that aren't easy to win at."

At Robinson

Newton 4 9 8 20 - 41

Robinson 14 16 17 14 - 61


Dylan Johnson 1-2 2-4 0-2 8, Dylan Davidson 1-6 0-5 0-0 2, Derek Schackmann 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Weston Shipman 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Caleb Chestnut 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Gunner Pickens 2-2 0-0 0-0 4, Lucas Stone 2-7 0-0 2-4 6, Corey Davidson 0-3 0-0 3-4 3, Blake Ebeling 1-3 1-2 0-0 5, Lucas Huston 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Keith Butler 2-5 0-0 3-6 7, Travis Lidy 2-4 0-0 0-2 4, TOTALS 12-34 2FG, 3-11 3FG, 8-18 FT, 41 TP.


Noah Tennison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Griffin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Blount 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Siler 2-7 2-6 0-0 10, Wes Harrison 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Cory Blount 0-2 4-5 0-0 12, Austin Weck 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Kaleb Patton 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Jason Richart 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Scott 3-6 0-1 2-2 8, Derrick Nicholas 4-6 0-0 3-7 11, Michael Akande 7-9 0-0 4-6 18, TOTALS 17-32 2FG, 6-13 3FG, 9-15 FT, 61 TP.

Turnovers - NCHS 13, RHS 15. Team fouls - NCHS 14, RHS 19. Fouled out - Butler, Nicholas. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (NCHS 29) Butler 7, C. Davidson 6, D. Davidson 3, Schackmann 3, Stone 3. (RHS 34) Akande 8, Nicholas 7, Siler 5, Cory Blount 5, Hoagland 5, Scott 3, Richart. Steals - (NCHS 8) Johnson. D. Davidson, Schackmann, Shipman, Stone, Ebeling, Huston, Butler. (RHS 7) Scott 2, Nicholas, Akande, Richart, Cory Blount, Cody Blount. Assists - (NHCS 7) D. Davidson 3, Schackmann, Shipman, Stone. C. Davidson. (RHS 12) Siler 5, Akande 3, Hoagland 2, Scott, Patton. Blocked shots - (NCHS 4) Butler 4. (RHS 5) Akande 2, Nicholas 2, Richart.

Junior Varsity

Newton 12 12 12 9 - 45

Robinson 14 7 9 13 - 43

Highlights - (RHS) Jason Richart 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals; Cole Chipman 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 blocked shot; Landen Hoagland 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Cody Blount 6 points, 1 rebound; Wes Harrison 3 points, 5 rebounds; Connor Griffin 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Noah Tennison 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot

Castle, Ind. 22 17 18 25 - 82

Robinson 18 14 23 15 - 70


Hunter Daniels 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Cayman Meier 1-1 1-3 5-6 10, Kyle Aiton 5-5 3-6 4-5 23, Clay Seitz 1-2 0-0 2-2 4, Devyn Johnson 1-3 0-0 3-3 5, Bryson Jenkins 2-3 1-2 6-7 13, Mitchel Gibson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Sims 4-4 0-1 3-3 11, Domonick Kavanaugh 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Blake Simmons 5-10 1-5 3-4 15, TOTALS 19-28 2FG, 6-18 3FG, 26-30 FT, 82 TP.


Connor Griffin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Blount 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Siler 6-11 3-10 9-11 30, Wes Harrison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cory Blount 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Cole Chipman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Weck 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Kaleb Patton 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jason Richart 0-1 0-3 0-0 0, Brayden Scott 4-12 1-1 5-5 16, Derrick Nicholas 7-13 0-1 6-12 20, Michael Akande 2-2 0-0 0-0 4, TOTALS 19-41 2FG, 4-16 3FG,

Turnovers - CHS 13, RHS 10. Team fouls - CHS 22, RHS 23. Fouled out - Nicholas. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (CHS 27) Simmons 11, Jenkins 5, Aiton 4. (RHS 32) Nicholas 14, Scott 8, Siler 4, Hoagland 4, Cory Blount, Richart. Steals - (CHS 4) Aiton, Jenkins, Sims, Simmons. (RHS 5) Nicholas 2, Scott, Siler, Weck. Assists - (CHS 14) Aiton 5, Meier 4. (RHS 7) Siler 3, Scott, Nicholas, Akande, Richart. Blocked shots - (CHS 2) Simmons, Jenkins. (RHS 2) Nicholas 2.

Junior Varsity

Castle, Ind. 46

Robinson 44

Highlights - (RHS) Cole Chipman 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocked shots; Jason Richart 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 blocked shot; Cody Blount 6 points, 1 steal; Landen Hoagland 4 points, 1 rebound; Noah Tennison 2 points, 2 rebounds; Wes Harrison 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Connor Griffin 1 rebound.

Next game - Robinson (20-4, 9-0 LIC) will play at Flora Friday at 6:15 p.m.

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