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December 5, 2019

11/27/2019 1:33:00 PM
Statesmen roll to pair of wins at OCC
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

Coming at you in waves is the mindset Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team has this season and they executed that plan to near perfection over the weekend.

The Statesmen opened their season with a pair of lopsided wins at the Richland County Rotary Classic at Olney Central College over the weekend, winning by a combined 114 points, which is still less than the number of points LTC scored in each game.

Lincoln Trail tipped off the season with a 127-84 win over McHenry County College Friday (Nov. 1), then rolled to a 117-46 win over Quakerdale Promise Academy from Iowa on Saturday (Nov. 2).

"We are trying to find ways to utilize our depth and make teams play us 94 feet for 40 minutes," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "We want to be prepared for any style of game and use our depth any way we can to help our team win."

On Friday, LTC methodically pulled away for their win over McHenry County, as they jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first five minutes and parlayed that into a 32-17 advantage just past the midway point of the first half. McHenry countered with a 7-0 run to pull within 32-24, but the Statesmen responded with a 13-0 run to take a 45-24 lead with 4:44 remaining and LTC held a 57-41 lead at halftime.

The Statesmen continued to pull away in the second half, as Alex Heath nailed a trio of three-pointers to help LTC extend their lead to 72-48 less than three minutes into the half. A three-pointer by J.J. Reed pushed the margin to 82-54 with 15:00 remaining and the margin stood at 96-62 with just over 10 minutes left after a Meeko Bond dunk finished off a LTC fast break opportunity. The Statesmen hit the century mark on another dunk by Bond at the 8:38 mark for a 100-66 lead and LTC outscored McHenry 27-18 the rest of the way to finish off the easy victory.

Balanced scoring led LTC, as 11 of the 14 players that saw action found the scoring column, including six in double figures. The Statesmen made 42 field goals, including 14 from three-point range, while also shooting 29-40 from the free throw line (73 percent).

Dante Combs led the Statesmen with 21 points, Alex Heath was right behind with 20. Jaylon Holmes and Lamar Lillard tossed in 13 points apiece, Reed and Bond each scored 12, Lathan Falls netted nine, Xavier Roberson and Ahmad Price contributed eight points apiece, Greg Couson added six and Eric Moenkhaus had five.

Meanwhile, McHenry County made 29 baskets, seven of which were three-pointers, while they were just 19-33 from the free throw line (58 percent).

Mikell Cooper was the leading scorer for the Scots with 23 points, while also reaching double figures were Maki Mohr with 16 points, Jeffery Jankowski with 12 and Ryan Schaffter with 11.

"We made shots, but defensively, we didn't execute," Stuckey said. "We can't depend on making shots for 30 games. There are going to be nights when the shots don't fall, so we have to be able to grind out games with our defense and understand there are multiple ways to win games."

Saturday's game was more of the same, as the Statesmen grabbed control early and never looked back. Lincoln Trail led 25-9 by the 10-minute mark of the first half and then finished the half on a 14-0 run to take a 60-22 lead at halftime. The second half was nearly a mirror image of the first half, as LTC outscored Quakerdale 57-24 over the final 20 minutes to nearly double their margin of victory. The final 71-point margin was the largest of the game for LTC, as they ended on an 8-0 run.

"We challenged the guys to get it done on the defensive end today and they responded," Stuckey said. "I am proud of their effort on that end of the floor."

Once again, the Statesmen were very efficient on the offensive end, making 41-77 field goal attempts overall (53 percent), which included a 28-44 performance from two-point range (64 percent) and a 13-33 effort from three-point range (39 percent), along with a 22-27 showing at the free throw line (82 percent).

On the other hand, LTC limited Quakerdale to 30 percent shooting from the floor (19-63), including 13-36 from inside the arc (36 percent) and 6-27 from long distance (22 percent), while they were also just 2-5 (40 percent) at the free throw line.

For the second straight game, 11 players found the scoring column, with five reaching double digits.

"Our balance on offense is a big plus for us," Stuckey said. "Last year our motto was toughness and this year is come at them in waves. We are deep at every position and have the opportunity to beat teams in a lot of different ways."

Holmes led LTC with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot, while Heath posted 21 points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist. Price contributed 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Moenkhaus totaled 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist, Bond registered 10 points and eight rebounds, Combs recorded nine points, five rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot, Reed collected nine points, five assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal, Couson netted nine points and three rebounds, Falls chipped in with seven points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Lillard added five points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals and Tad Kapek had one point, four rebounds and one blocked shot.

No player reached double figures for Quakerdale, as they were led by Lateef Johnson with nine points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist and Trey Drummond with eight points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

"This was a good start for us," Stuckey said. "I like where we're at, but there is always room to improve. Now that we have a couple of games under our belt and some film to study, we will find out a little more about our team, figure out our weaknesses and address them."



2019 Richland County Rotary Classic

At Olney Central College

McHenry County College 41 43 - 84

Lincoln Trail College 57 70 - 127



MCHENRY COUNTY (84)

Marco Humphrey 0 0-2 0, Connor Chynoweth 3 0-0 8, Mikell Cooper 8 6-8 23, Carl Garza-Anderson 1 3-4 6, Maki Mohr 6 2-4 16, KeShaun Lyons 0 1-2 1, Ryan Schaffter 4 2-5 11, Jeffery Jankowski 5 2-4 12, TreShaun Jones 0 0-0 0, Daniel Skelly 1 1-2 3, Andrew Cooke 1 0-0 2, Michael Hunter 0 2-2 2, TOTALS 29 FG, 19-33 FT, 84 TP.

LINCOLN TRAIL (127)

Xavier Roberson 3 2-4 8, Lamar Lillard 5 0-0 13, Ahmad Price 4 0-0 8, Greg Couson 2 2-2 6, Dante Combs 8 3-3 21, Tad Kapek 0 0-0, Chance Black 0 0-0 0, Zeus Marsh 0 0-0 0, J.J. Reed 4 2-2 12, Lathan Falls 3 1-1 9, Eric Moenkhaus 1 2-2 5, Jaylon Holmes 3 7-12 13, Alex Heath 6 4-8 20, Meeko Bond 3 6-6 12, TOTALS 42 FG, 29-40, 127 TP.

3-point goals - Chynoweth 2, Mohr 2, Cooper, Garza-Anderson, Schaffter, Heath 4, Lillard 3, Combs 2, Reed 2, Falls 2, Moenkhaus.

Team fouls - MCC 32, LTC 24. Fouled out - Cooper, Cooke. Technical foul - LTC bench.



Lincoln Trail College 60 57 - 117

Quakerdale Promise Academy 22 24 - 46



LINCOLN TRAIL (117)

Xavier Roberson 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Lamar Lillard 2-3 0-4 1-2 5, Ahmad Price 3-5 1-4 4-4 13, Greg Couson 3-5 0-0 3-4 9, Dante Combs 2-3 1-3 2-2 9, Tad Kapek 0-1 0-1 1-2 1, Chance Black 0-0 0-2 0-0 0, J.J. Reed 2-3 1-2 2-3 9, Lathan Falls 2-2 1-4 0-0 7, Eric Moenkhaus 2-2 2-5 0-0 10, Jaylon Holmes 5-10 2-2 7-8 23, Alex Heath 2-2 5-6 2-2 21, Meeko Bond 5-7 0-0 0-0 10, TOTALS 28-44 2FG, 13-33 3FG, 22-27 FT, 117 TP.

QUAKERDALE (46)

Demarcus Tate 2-5 0-1 0-0 4, Mason Williams 3-8 0-2 0-1 6, Trey Drummond 1-2 2-3 0-0 8, Gavin Thompson 0-1 1-6 0-0 3, Keon Armstrong 2-5 1-4 0-0 7, Gary Wooten 2-6 1-6 0-0 7, Lateef Johnson 2-5 1-3 2-4 9, Malek Wesley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cam Armstrong 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Brown 1-4 0-1 0-0 2, TOTALS 13-36 2FG, 6-27 3FG, 2-5 FT, 46 TP.

Turnovers - LTC 17, QPA 28. Team fouls - LTC 10, QPA 20. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - QPA bench. Rebounds - (LTC 55) Bond 8, Moenkhaus 7, Holmes 6, Combs 5, Kapek 4, Reed 4, Heath 4, Price 4, Roberson 3, Couson 3, Black 3, Falls 2, Lillard 2. (QPA 29) Drummond 6, Wooten 6, Johnson 4. Steals - (LTC 14) Heath 3, Moenkhaus 3, Lillard 2, Combs 2, Price, Reed, Falls, Holmes. (QPA 10) Johnson 4, Williams 2. Assists - (LTC 21) Lillard 5, Reed 5, Holmes 3, Roberson 2, Price 2, Combs, Falls, Moenkhaus, Heath. (QPA 8) Drummond 2, Thompson 2, K. Armstrong 2. Blocked shots - (LTC 5) Reed 2, Combs, Holmes, Kapek. (QPA 1) Wooten.







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