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April 21, 2019

3/1/2019 9:52:00 AM
Statesmen hold off Shawnee, 84-81
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team managed to find its way back into the win column Wednesday night (Feb. 20) - barely.

The Statesmen tried hard to give another game away, but held on in the final seconds to beat Shawnee Community College, 84-81, in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.

"Our end of game execution was about as bad as I've seen," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "For that game to be close was inexcusable. That is something that we're going to have to fix. But, at the end of the day, it's a region win and we stopped a skid, so we'll take it."

The game was played at a fast pace early on, but neither team was playing particularly well. Shawnee built a 10-4 lead in the first four and a half minutes, but consecutive three-pointers from Justin Williams, Casius Bell Jr. and Alex Heath were part of a 10-0 run to give LTC a 14-10 lead with 12:46 to play. There were eight lead changes and four ties that followed in the half, but Shawnee managed to build a 32-27 lead with 5:11 remaining before LTC ended the half on an 11-3 run. A three-point play by Bell brought the Statesmen to within two, then after a series of free throws, Jaylon Holmes and Williams scored consecutive baskets and Holmes added a free throw to give LTC a 38-35 lead at halftime.

The Statesmen carried that momentum into the early stages of the second half, as they opened on a 12-0 run to build a 50-35 lead with 16:48 to play. The margin grew to 55-36 with 13:27 remaining, but LTC could not put the final nails in the coffin.

Nine straight points by Shawnee made the score 55-45, but Dante Combs countered with a three-point play and Williams hit another three to push the lead back to 16. The lead would grow to 18 on a few occasions and was still 18, 70-52, with 7:25 to play, but Shawnee would not go away.

Seven consecutive points by Isaiah Thompson started a 14-5 Shawnee run that made the score 75-66 with 3:45 left. The Statesmen were still up nine when Holmes hit a free throw at the 1:01 mark to give LTC an 80-70 lead. However, four quick points by Shawnee with a LTC turnover in between closed the gap to six with 42.4 seconds remaining. Williams hit one free throw, but the Statesmen fouled on the rebound of the missed free throw and Shawnee's Kobe Smith made both foul shots to make the score 81-76 with 33.6 seconds left. Heath then hit one free throw, but again Shawnee was able to draw a foul and hit two free throws to pull within 82-78 with 18.9 seconds left. After Williams hit another free throw, Holmes fouled Shawnee's Smith on a three-point attempt and he hit all three foul shots to make the score 83-81 with 12 seconds remaining. Heath then hit the first of two free throws with 10.3 seconds left to give LTC a three-point lead, but Shawnee had one last chance to tie the game. However, Smith's long three-pointer was off the mark and Lamar Lillard grabbed the rebound as time ran out, allowing LTC to escape with the victory.

"Credit Shawnee for finding a way to chip away, but if there was a bad decision to make in that last 1:30, we made it," Stuckey said. "We were flat in the first half and were lucky to be up three at halftime. I was proud of their fight early in the second half and we played exceptionally well to make the great run to go up 19. But, the mental side of the game has got to get better. It has cost us a lot of games this year and almost cost us again. We have not been good at the end of games, but hopefully as we get in more of these games, we'll get better."

Justin Williams led LTC with 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists, while Bell totaled 22 points, including five three-pointers, along with five rebounds, one steal and one assist. Holmes posted 12 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist, Combs contributed seven points, two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot, Heath collected seven points, one steal and one assist, Lawrence Williams recorded five points, three rebounds and one blocked shot, Tad Kapek registered four points, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot, Daniel Hurst netted three points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists and Meeko Bond added two points and three rebounds.

Marcus Lee Jr. led Shawnee with 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot, while Thompson contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist, Mario Goggins posted 11 points, five rebounds and one assist and Smith added 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals.



At LTC Sports Center, Robinson

Shawnee Community College 35 46 - 81

Lincoln Trail College 38 46 - 84



SHAWNEE (81)

Terrance Clayton-Murphy 1-5 0-0 4-4 6, Mario Goggins 5-11 0-0 1-1 11, Marquis Henry 0-0 1-6 4-4 7, Ayo Ajiboye 0-1 0-0 1-2 1, Rodney Houston 2-8 0-0 2-2 6, David Glenn 2-4 1-2 2-5 9, Kobe Smith 0-2 1-6 7-7 10, Keith Blissett Jr. 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Darrion McBride 0-2 0-0 6-6 6, Marcus Lee Jr. 4-9 2-3 0-0 14, Isaiah Thompson 4-5 0-0 3-6 11, TOTALS 18-47 2FG, 5-18 3FG, 30-37 FT, 81 TP.

LINCOLN TRAIL (84)

Lamar Lillard 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Williams 4-4 2-5 8-11 22, Dante Combs 3-4 0-1 1-1 7, Tad Kapek 1-2 0-0 2-3 4, Casius Bell Jr. 3-4 5-11 1-1 22, J.T. Counts 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Deante Booker 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Lawrence Williams 1-1 1-3 0-0 5, Jaylon Holmes 2-4 0-0 8-12 12, Alex Heath 0-0 1-6 4-6 7, Daniel Hurst 1-2 0-0 1-2 3, Meeko Bond 0-1 0-0 2-4 2, TOTALS 15-22 2FG, 9-29 3FG, 27-40 FT, 84 TP.

Turnovers - SCC 17, LTC 17. Team fouls - SCC 28, LTC 26. Fouled out - Houston, Lee. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (SCC 46) Smith 8, Clayton-Murphy 7, Thompson 7, Lee 5, Goggins 5. (LTC 36) Holmes 11, J. Williams 7, Bell 5, L. Williams 3, Bond 3, Lillard 2, Combs 2, Hurst 2, Kapek. Steals - (SCC 12) Clayton-Murphy 5, Houston 3, Lee 2. (LTC 8) J. Williams 2, Hurst 2, Kapek, Bell, Holmes, Heath. Assists - (SCC 10) Houston 3, Smith 3. (LTC 8) J. Williams 2, Hurst 2, Combs, Bell, Holmes, Heath. Blocked shots - (SCC 1) Lee. (LTC 3) Combs, Kapek, L. Williams.







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