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December 5, 2019

11/27/2019 1:36:00 PM
Statesmen hammer Missouri Baptist JV, 125-67
Sports Editor

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team used the same formula it used in a pair of blowout wins over the weekend and were able to pick up another one Wednesday night (Nov. 6), as the Statesmen rolled to a 125-67 win over Missouri Baptist JV.

The Statesmen left little doubt in their home opener, as they bolted out to a 22-0 lead in the first six minutes and never looked back.

"In those first six or seven minutes, our guys were really locked in," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "We were really active defensively and we were really in tune with what we wanted to do."

A three-pointer from Alex Heath just 16 seconds into the game gave LTC a lead they would not relinquish and opened up the flood gates. Jaylon Holmes followed with a basket 20 seconds later, then Heath buried another three and followed with a steal and layup for a 10-0 lead at the 18:10 mark. Holmes then added a three-pointer and a dunk to make the score 15-0 with 15:45 remaining, while Meeko Bond and Xavier Roberson added baskets and Holmes finished off the run with an old-fashioned three-point play at the 14:16 mark.

Missouri Baptist JV finally got on the scoreboard with a three-pointer at the 13:42 mark and it started an 8-0 run to trim the margin to 14, but that is as close as they would get. The Statesmen responded with a 13-3 run to make the score 35-11 at the 8:55 mark and Missouri Baptist never got closer than 18 the rest of the way. LTC also closed the half on a 19-4 run for a 66-33 advantage at halftime, which was their largest lead to that point.

A sluggish start to the second half saw Missouri Baptist close the gap to 25, which prompted a rotation change for the Statesmen. The new line-up worked, as LTC responded with a 12-0 run to push their lead to 80-43 with 14:27 remaining. The Statesmen added a 15-0 run a few minutes later that made the score 99-52 with 9:13 to play and ended the game on a 15-6 run to make the final score the largest margin of the game.

"We'll take the win, but our battle right now is to play every possession like it matters, because it will later in the season," Stuckey said. "I know that can be hard to do when you are up 30-plus points, but that defensive effort is not going to cut it in Region play. We are trying to impress on our guys that all these minutes matter. We are a deep team and guys have to show us they can be counted on when it matters."

Despite those minor rough patches, the Statesmen dominated in virtually every aspect on both ends of the floor. Lincoln Trail shot 57 percent overall from the field (53-93), including a sparkling 40-52 from two-point range (77 percent) and a respectable 13-41 from three-point range (32 percent). Meanwhile, Missouri Baptist JV was just 22-68 from the floor (32 percent), which included a 7-25 effort from inside the arc (28 percent) and a 15-43 performance from long distance (35 percent).

Lincoln Trail also outrebounded Missouri Baptist JV 58-30, committed just five turnovers to 19 for their opponents and also handed out 38 assists on their 53 made baskets.

"That is the most assists and the fewest turnovers we've had in a game since I've been here," Stuckey said. "That's tremendous. We have the opportunity to pretty unselfish because there are always capable guys that can knock a shot down. We have no reason to take a bad or contested shot."

Balance continues to be a theme for the Statesmen, as 12 of the 14 players who saw action found the scoring column, including six in double figures.

Heath led LTC with 21 points, eight assists, five steals and two rebounds, while Holmes totaled 17 points, four rebounds, two steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Ahmad Price posted 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal, Dante Combs contributed 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot, Bond collected 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Eric Moenkhaus netted 12 points, five rebounds and two assists, Roberson recorded eight points, seven rebounds and one assist, Greg Couson registered eight points and five rebounds, Lathan Falls chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and one assist, Lamar Lillard added three points, six assists and three rebounds, Robinson High School grad Chance Black had three points and two rebounds and Zeus Marsh had two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist.

"Alex's energy early and his hot shooting got us going and Meeko was excellent," Stuckey said. "He made a lot of smart plays and was all over the floor. Xavier also came in and did a great job off the bench. The great thing about this team is we can beat teams in a lot of different ways. We can give teams a lot of different looks and we have a lot of guys that can step up and contribute. That is one of the biggest strengths of this team."

Anthony Hople led Missouri Baptist JV with 21 points, 11 rebounds and one blocked shot, while Ben Lee posted 12 points, three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot and Johnathan Dyer added 11 points and five rebounds.

At LTC Sports Center, Robinson

Missouri Baptist JV 33 34 - 67

Lincoln Trail College 66 59 - 125


Travis Henry 0-0 2-6 3-3 9, Austin Jackson 1-5 2-4 0-0 8, Johnathan Dyer 1-2 2-6 3-4 11, Ben Lee 2-4 2-7 2-3 12, Anthony Hople 3-8 5-10 0-0 21, Isaiah Burns 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Skylar Lemons 0-2 2-9 0-0 6, James Greco 0-3 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 7-25 2FG, 15-43 3FG, 8-10 FT, 67 TP.


Xavier Roberson 4-4 0-0 0-0 8, Lamar Lillard 0-0 1-7 0-0 3, Ahmad Price 5-7 2-4 0-0 16, Greg Couson 4-5 0-0 0-0 8, Dante Combs 7-7 0-2 0-1 14, Tad Kapek 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Chance Black 0-0 1-4 0-0 3, Zeus Marsh 1-1 0-3 0-0 2, J.J. Reed 0-1 0-3 0-0 0, Lathan Falls 1-1 2-4 0-0 8, Eric Moenkhaus 4-5 1-3 1-3 12, Jaylon Holmes 5-8 2-2 1-1 17, Alex Heath 4-5 4-8 1-2 21, Meeko Bond 5-8 0-0 3-4 13, TOTALS 40-52 2FG, 13-41 3FG, 6-11 FT, 125 TP.

Turnovers - MBJV 19, LTC 5. Team fouls - MBJV 14, LTC 8. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - Heath. Rebounds - (MBJV 30) Hople 11, Dyer 5, Lemons 4, Lee 3. (LTC 58) Price 8, Roberson 7, Combs 6, Couson 5, Bond 5, Moenkhaus 5, Holmes 4, Reed 4, Falls 4, Lillard 3, Kapek 2, Black 2, Heath 2, Marsh. Steals - (MBJV 2) Lee 2. (LTC 10) Heath 5, Holmes 2, Bond, Marsh, Price. Assists - (MBJV 9) Henry 4, Jackson 3. (LTC 38) Heath 8, Lillard 6, Combs 5, Reed 4, Price 3, Kapek 3, Moenkhaus 2, Holmes 2, Bond 2, Roberson, Marsh, Falls. Blocked shots - (MBJV 2) Lee, Hople. (LTC 4) Holmes 2, Combs, Bond.

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