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February 21, 2019

2/7/2019 10:51:00 AM
Maroons fall to Lawrenceville in OT, 71-64
LIC Boys Basketball Tournament
Sports Editor

A much better effort the second time around was still not quite enough for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team.

After getting blown out at home by Lawrenceville during the regular season, the Maroons were hoping to exact some revenge in Friday night (Jan. 25)'s consolation championship game of the Little Illini Conference Tournament at Flora.

The Maroons gave a valiant effort, erasing a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to force overtime, only to fall short in a 71-64 loss.

"The physical effort was there, but Lawrenceville just made a few more plays," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "We had some good drives to the basket that we didn't finish like we needed to and had some free throw at key times we missed, which are the things you have to be able to do in a close game."

Early on, it looked like the second matchup between the two teams may go a lot like the first (a 78-51 Lawrenceville win Jan. 15), as Lawrenceville jumped out to a 9-0 lead over the first four minutes.

Chance Black finally got the Maroons on the scoreboard with a three-pointer at the 3:58 mark, but that would be as close as RHS would get in the opening period, as they trailed 22-13 after the first eight minutes.

Robinson opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run to pull within 22-21, but could not take the lead. Lawrenceville would score four straight to make the score 26-21, but Robinson would close the gap again, as four points by Black in the final minute pulled the Maroons to within 28-27 at halftime.

After a Lawrenceville basket early in the third period, Brayden Childress nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 30-30, only for Lawrenceville to respond with eight straight points to take a 38-30 lead and the Indians would lead by as many as 11 in the period before taking a 43-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

Robinson would still trail by nine, 51-42, with 5:17 remaining, but they would begin to chip away. A free throw by Kade Lassen and a basket by Black after an offensive rebound following a missed free throw cut the deficit to 51-45 at the 4:56 mark, then after a Lawrenceville hoop, Childress made two free throws and hit a long three-pointer to pull RHS to within 53-50 with 2:51 to play.

A dunk by Lawrenceville's Zeus Marsh pushed the lead back to five, but Lassen hit two free throws to get the Maroons back within three. After a Lawrenceville free throw, Black buried a three-pointer to make the score 56-55 with 2:17 left. Another Lawrenceville free throw gave them a two-point lead, but David Goble - in just his second game back after breaking his leg in football - made two free throws after an offensive rebound to tie the game at 57-57 with 1:41 to play.

A missed free throw by Lawrenceville with just over a minute to play gave Robinson a chance to hold for a final shot, but they turned the ball over and Lawrenceville's Jordan Jones hit a shot in the lane for a 59-57 lead with 47 seconds left. Goble answered on the other end, as his reverse layup with 27.5 seconds left tied the game. Both teams had shots in the closing seconds, but were off the mark and the game headed to overtime.

In the extra session, Lawrenceville would score the first six points before Black scored with 1:15 to play to make the score 65-61. That would be as close as the Maroons would get, as Lawrenceville hit enough free throws down the stretch to hold RHS at bay.

"Once we figured some things out defensively in the second quarter, that helped tremendously," Thompson said. "We just have to have consistency effort-wise from the beginning. We started a little slow and weren't as aggressive as we should have been. We played a little too cautious at the beginning and we just have to make sure we have more energy early."

Black led RHS with 29 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Lassen posted 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Childress contributed nine points, nine rebounds, two steals and two assists, Goble recorded eight points and four rebounds and Dylan Smith collected four points, eight rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Marsh led four players in double figures for Lawrenceville with 19 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and one assist. Blayne Winningham totaled 18 points, seven rebounds, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot, Connor O'Dell contributed 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists and Cale Powell netted 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.

In other games Friday, Red Hill knocked off Marshall 56-50 for third place and Olney upended Casey-Westfield in the championship game 43-39.

2019 Little Illini Conference Boys Basketball Tournament

At Conley Gym, Flora

Robinson 13 14 7 25 5 - 64

Lawrenceville 22 6 15 16 12 - 71


Kade Lassen 5-11 0-1 4-8 14, Ethan Shidler 0-0 0-1 0-1 0, Nick Weber 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Smith 1-7 0-2 2-4 4, Chance Black 5-9 4-11 7-8 29, Maverick Wright 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Childress 0-6 2-5 3-6 9, Ely Parker 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jeffrey Goble 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, David Goble 3-6 0-0 2-2 8, TOTALS 14-39 2FG, 6-20 3FG, 18-29 FT, 64 TP.


Dayman Parkman 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Connor O'Dell 5-6 1-4 4-6 17, Zeus Marsh 8-11 1-4 0-0 19, Skyler Tewell 0-2 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Weger 0-1 0-1 0-2 0, Cale Powell 3-5 0-4 4-4 10, Jordan Jones 3-5 0-2 1-2 7, Blayne Winningham 8-13 0-0 2-5 18, TOTALS 27-44 2FG, 2-16 3FG, 11-19 FT, 71 TP.

Turnovers - RHS 11, LHS 13. Team fouls - RHS 20, LHS 23. Fouled out - Shidler, Winningham. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (RHS 39) Black 9, Childress 9, Smith 8, D. Goble 4, Lassen 3, Shidler 3, Weber 2, J. Goble. (LHS 42) Marsh 13, Winningham 7, Jones 5, O'Dell 5, Powell 4. Steals - (RHS 8) Lassen 3, Childress 2, Smith, Black, Shidler. (LHS 8) O'Dell 3, Marsh 2, Jones 2, Winningham. Assists - (RHS 10) Lassen 4, Black 2, Childress 2, Smith, Shidler. (LHS 13) O'Dell 3, Powell 3, Tewell 2, Weger 2. Blocked shots - (LHS 8) Jones 3, Marsh 2, Weger 2, Winningham.

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