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home : sports : sports June 29, 2016

2/12/2013 3:05:00 PM
Maroons score pair of weekend victories
Sports Editor

It was a tale of two games for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team, but the end result was the same in both contests.

The Maroons picked up two wins over the weekend, but got them in completely different ways. Robinson opened the weekend with a 69-34 thrashing of host Flora in Little Illini Conference play Friday night, then struggled on Saturday against Mascoutah at the Teutopolis Wooden Shoe Shootout, but still managed to pick up a 58-50 victory.


There was little doubt to the outcome of Friday night's contest, as the Maroons were in control from start to finish.

Robinson bolted to a 19-10 lead after one quarter, then outscored Flora 21-7 in the second quarter to take a commanding 40-17 lead at halftime. The onslaught continued in the third quarter, with the Maroons outscoring Flora 20-8 to extend their advantage to 60-25, then each team scored nine points in the final quarter to complete the scoring.

"Our focus was really good," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "Our defense forced them into a lot of tough shots. On offense, we executed well and hit our open jumpers, which opened up the inside. Our inside-out game worked really well, then they got in foul trouble and it snowballed on them."

Efficient shooting sparked the Maroons, as they made 26-46 field goal attempts (57 percent), which included a 19-32 performance from two-point range (59 percent) and a 7-14 effort from three-point range (50 percent). Meanwhile, Flora struggled from the floor, making just 13-39 shots (33 percent), including 8-21 from inside the arc (38 percent) and 5-18 from long distance (28 percent). Robinson also held a big edge at the free throw line, making 10-16 attempts (63 percent), while Flora made 3-4 foul shots (75 percent).

Derrick Nicholas led a balanced scoring attack for RHS with 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots, one assist and one steal, while Aaron Siler posted 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal. Cory Blount netted 12 points, two rebounds and one steal, Michael Akande totaled 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Brayden Scott contributed seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, Austin Weck registered five points, two rebounds and one steal, Cole Chipman added four points and three rebounds and Jason Richart had four points, one steal and one blocked shot.

No player reached double figures for Flora, as they were led by Christian Taylor with nine points, while Ethan Leib netted seven.

Flora won the junior varsity game, 36-32.

Chipman led RHS with 13 points and three rebounds, while Richart posted 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.


A short turnaround did not seem to affect the Maroons early on, as they raced out to a big lead early, but struggled in the middle two quarters and had to hold off Mascoutah late to pick up the win.

"Mascoutah is a nice team," Thompson said. "To not play your best against a good ball club that is athletic is a good thing. I thought they played well and we were mediocre, but we'll take the win."

Robinson blistered the nets early, making 8-11 shots in the first quarter to jump out to a 22-9 lead. Siler opened the scoring with a three-pointer from the top of the key, then Akande scored inside for a quick 5-0 lead. After two straight baskets by Mascoutah closed the gap to one, Siler and Akande each hit a free throw and Scott added a bank shot from about eight feet to push the RHS lead to 9-4 with 4:35 to play. Mascoutah would get with two twice in the next two minutes, but Robinson closed the period on an 11-0 run. Siler started the run with a floater in the lane that he was fouled on at the 2:08 mark. He added the free throw for a 14-9 lead, then added a jumper from the top of the key 30 seconds later. Blount knocked down a three to make the score 19-9 with 1:15 remaining, then Siler drained a 25-footer with four seconds left for a 13-point advantage at the end of the period.

Mascoutah would respond with an 8-2 run to start the second quarter, trimming the RHS lead to 24-17, before Scott hit a three-pointer at the 4:50 mark, then Siler added a free throw with 4:08 left to push the RHS lead back to 28-17. However, Mascoutah scored eight straight points over the next two minutes to pull within 28-25 and the score would remain that way at halftime, as neither team scored in the final two minutes of the period.

"We started off like a ball of fire, but our defensive intensity wasn't very good in the second quarter," Thompson said. "We had good shots in the second quarter, we just didn't make them (2-9). The key was offensive rebounds in the first half. We didn't have any and we gave them multiple opportunities and gave them too many easy looks."

The third quarter was a little better, as a 5-2 spurt in the first 2:45 of the period pushed the RHS lead to 33-27 and the lead extended to eight on a couple of occasions, but they led by just six, 39-33, heading into the fourth quarter.

A free throw by Blount gave Robinson a 40-33 lead with 7:15 to go, but Mascoutah answered with eight straight points to take their first and only lead of the game, 41-40, with 4:33 remaining. Siler came right back with a pull-up jumper just inside the free throw line to put the Maroons back in front, 42-41, with 4:17 to play, then a five-footer from Blount after an offensive rebound made the score 44-41 with 3:42 left. Jaylen Nelson hit a baseline jumper for Mascoutah to cut the RHS lead to one, then after Nicholas missed two free throws, Farris Limuel made one of two free throws to even the score at 44-44 with 2:42 on the clock.

Siler drove to the basket and scored to put Robinson on top to stay, 46-44, with 2:30 to remaining, then Nicholas would miss the front end of a one-and-bonus, but he would get his own rebound and put it back in to push the RHS lead to 48-44 with 2:15 left. After a missed three by Mascoutah, Blount made two free throws for a 50-44 lead with 1:07 to play, then Weck added two free throws after another Mascoutah miss with 56.8 seconds left for a 52-44 advantage.

Mascoutah would closed to within five, 55-50, with 31 seconds left, but Siler made a free throw with 12.5 seconds left and Blount added two more with four seconds remaining to close out the game.

Foul trouble plagued the Maroons in the second half, as Scott and Akande both fouled out and Nicholas played with four in the fourth quarter, but the Maroons were still able to get the job done.

"We are a good team without him, but when Brayden Scott is on the floor and focused, we are a different team," Thompson said. "But, we still made plays when we needed to and hit free throws when we needed to. The bench was outstanding for us. Landen (Hoagland) played well, Weck and Richart gave us some good minutes and Chipman gave us some great minutes late so we could go offense-defense late with Derrick in foul trouble. That is valuable experience for them and it was good to get them in the game in pressure situations, because we will need them again at some point."

Shots made were about the same for both teams, with Robinson making 17-36 shots (47 percent) and Mascoutah hitting 16-49 (33 percent), but it was where the shots were made that was the difference. The Maroons outscored Mascoutah 12-6 from behind the three-point line, while also making 20-30 free throws (67 percent), compared to 16-20 for Mascoutah (80 percent).

Siler led RHS with 22 points, four rebounds and one assist, while Blount posted 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. Akande netted nine points, two rebounds and one assist, Nicholas totaled seven points, seven rebounds, six blocked shots, two steals and one assist, Scott contributed five points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Weck added two points and two rebounds and Richart had one point, two rebounds and one blocked shot.

Alex King led three players in double figures for Mascoutah with 16 points, along with 11 rebounds and one blocked shot, while Tim Parks posted 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal and Marshall Moore netted 10 points, six rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

Robinson (22-4, 10-0 LIC) will play at Oblong for a LIC contest to close out the regular season Friday at 6:15 p.m.

"We have six days off to fine tune some things and get refocused," Thompson said. "Going to Oblong on their Senior Night is going to be a very intense environment."

At Conley Gym, Flora

Robinson 19 21 20 9 - 69

Flora 10 7 8 9 - 34


Derrick Nicholas 5-7 0-0 3-6 13, Aaron Siler 1-2 2-5 5-5 13, Cory Blount 0-1 4-5 0-0 12, Michael Akande 5-10 0-0 1-2 11, Brayden Scott 2-2 1-2 0-0 7, Austin Weck 2-2 0-0 1-3 5, Cole Chipman 2-3 0-0 0-0 4, Jason Richart 2-3 0-0 0-0 4, Kaleb Patton 0-2 0-2 0-0 0, Noah Tennison 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Landen Hoagland 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Griffin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 19-32 2FG, 7-14 3FG, 10-16 FT, 69 TP.

FLORA (34)

Christian Taylor 0-2 3-6 0-0 9, Ethan Leib 3-7 0-0 1-2 7, Bryce Pearce 0-1 2-8 0-0 6, Clayton Walden 1-1 0-1 2-2 4, Blake Shehorn 2-5 0-1 0-0 4, Brenden Thomas 1-2 0-2 0-0 2, Logan Smith 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Cory Moore 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Flo Hozay 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Robert Casolari 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 8-21 2FG, 5-18 3FG, 3-4 FT, 34 TP.

Turnovers - RHS 9, FHS 12. Team fouls - RHS 14, FHS 12. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (RHS 29) Nicholas 8, Akande 5, Scott 4, Siler 3, Chipman 3, Blount 2, Weck 2, Hoagland. (FHS 11) Leib 4, Shehorn 2. Steals - (RHS 8) Nicholas, Siler, Blount, Akande, Scott, Weck, Richart, Griffin. Assists - (RHS 11) Siler 4, Akande 3, Scott 3, Nicholas. Blocked shots - (RHS 4) Nicholas 2, Akande, Richart. (FHS 2) Shehorn, Hozay.

Junior Varsity

Robinson 4 10 5 13 - 32

Flora 1 11 9 15 - 36

Highlights - (RHS) Cole Chipman 13 points, 3 rebounds; Jason Richart 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Wes Wright 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Cody Blount 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Connor Griffin 2 points, 3 steals; Noah Tennison 2 points, 1 rebound; Landen Hoagland 2 rebounds; Brody Scott 4 rebounds.

2013 Wooden Shoe Boys

Basketball Shootout

At J.H. Griffin Gymnasium, Teutopolis

Mascoutah 9 16 8 17 - 50

Robinson 22 6 11 19 - 58


Jaylen Nelson 3-5 0-1 2-2 8, Tim Parks 2-6 1-10 4-4 11, Alex Oltmann 2-5 0-0 0-0 4, Marshall Moore 1-3 1-4 5-6 10, Farris Limuel 0-3 0-0 1-2 1, Alex King 6-11 0-1 4-6 16, Mz Duprey 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Andy Norrenbersn 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 14-33 2FG, 2-16 3FG, 16-20 FT, 50 TP.


Aaron Siler 5-11 2-5 6-9 22, Cory Blount 2-4 1-4 5-6 12, Cole Chipman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Weck 0-0 0-0 2-2 2, Landen Hoagland 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jason Richart 0-0 0-1 1-2 1, Brayden Scott 1-2 1-1 0-0 5, Derrick Nicholas 2-5 0-0 3-7 7, Michael Akande 3-3 0-0 3-4 9, TOTALS 13-25 2FG, 4-11 3FG, 20-30 FT, 58 TP.

Turnovers - MHS 12, RHS 11. Team fouls - MHS 20, RHS 21. Fouled out - Oltmann, Parks, Scott, Akande. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (MHS 33) King 11, Moore 6, Parks 5, Limuel 4. (RHS 27) Nicholas 7, Blount 5, Siler 4, Akande 2, Weck 2, Hoagland 2, Richart 2, Scott 2, Chipman. Steals - (MHS 3) Oltmann 2, Parks. (RHS 4) Nicholas 2, Scott, Hoagland. Assists - (MHS 6) Oltmann 3, Parks 2, Moore. (RHS 7) Blount 3, Siler, Scott, Nicholas, Hoagland. Blocked shots - (MHS 2) Moore, King. (RHS 8) Nicholas 6, Akande, Richart.

Next game - Robinson (22-4, 10-0 LIC) will play at Oblong Friday at 6:15 p.m.

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