Robinson's Wes Harrison (23) goes up for a shot between several Casey-Westfield defenders during Friday's Little Illini Conference contest. The senior posted 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in the Maroons' 57-47 win. (Josh Brown photo)
So far this season, if the game is close, Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team has a real shot at winning it. If it's not, they don't.
The Statesmen have had nine games decided by nine points or less and they hold a 6-3 mark in those games. They have also had three games decided by more than 20 points and they are 0-3 in those contests.
One of those lopsided contests occurred Saturday, as Lincoln Trail let a close game get away in the second half on the way to a 108-83 loss at Southwestern Illinois College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.
Wins proved hard to come by for Robinson High School's wrestling team Saturday, as the Maroons placed 15th out of 23 teams at the Rex Avery PORTA Invitational in Petersburg.
The Maroons had just four of their 12 wrestlers place among the top eight in their respective weight classes and totaled just 61 points to finish ahead of Havana (46), Carlinville (44), Deer Creek-Mackinaw (38), Hillsboro (37), Warrensburg-Latham (36), AC-PORTA (6.5), Mid-West Central (0) and Farmington (0).
A short-handed Hutsonville-Palestine boys' basketball team played well early, but faltered late Friday night, resulting in a 74-49 loss on the road at Georgetown Notre Dame de la Salette Boys Academy.
The Tigers were without starters Landon Williams, Kienan Knecht and Justin Lowrance due to injuries and sickness, but didn't seem phased early, as they trailed just 26-20 after one quarter of play. However, Hutsonville-Palestine managed just 29 points over the final three quarters. Georgetown Notre Dame outscored the Tigers 23-8 in the second quarter for a 49-28 halftime lead, then outscored them 19-11 in the third quarter to push their advantage to 68-39. Hutsonville-Palestine won the fourth quarter 10-6 to reach the final margin.
Aaron Siler didn't hit many shots Thursday night, but the last one he made was the most important one of the game.
The former Robinson High School standout struggled through a 3-13 shooting performance, but his baseline jumper with 6.6 seconds left provided the winning basket for the Statesmen in their 64-62 upset with over 19th-ranked Three Rivers (Mo.) Community College.
"That was a heckuva ball game," LTC head coach Mike Ray said. "They are a really good team. We needed that. That was a big win for us." Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Scoring in single-digits in all four quarters usually doesn't add up to a win, especially when your opponent scores in double figures in three of the four periods and outscores you by double digits in one of them.
That is the fate Robinson High School's girls' basketball team suffered Thursday night in their 50-27 loss to visiting Newton in Little Illini Conference play.
Handling adversity and playing through it are things Robinson High School's boys' basketball team hasn't done very well throughout the early portion of the season, but that changed Tuesday.
The Maroons battled back several times from deficits and managed to put together a late run to knock off visiting Mt. Carmel, 58-55, in non-conference action and snap a four-game losing streak in the process.
"I had a good feeling about tonight," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "We had a good practice (Monday) and we had played well in spurts and not so well in others. Tonight, we only really had one bad one."
Hot shooting early, especially from long range, put Oblong in a hole they could not climb out of Tuesday, resulting in an 85-61 loss to Lawrenceville in non-conference play.
The Panthers fell behind 23-13 after one quarter and were down 37-28 at halftime. Oblong was outscored 23-19 in the third quarter to make the score 60-47, then got outscored 25-14 in the fourth quarter, which allowed Lawrenceville to pull away for the win.