Robinson's Walker Sandschafer makes an adjustment mid-air on his way to the basket during Friday's Little Illini Conference game against Flora. Sandschafer led RHS with 24 points and 15 rebounds in a 78-49 win. (Josh Brown photo)
Strong efforts on both ends of the floor led Robinson High School's boys' basketball team to a lopsided win Friday night (Jan. 5).
The Maroons carried the momentum from their consolation championship at the First Financial Wabash Valley Classic in Terre Haute last week by whipping visiting Flora, 78-49, in Little Illini Conference play.
"This was big for us," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "Conference (tournament) seeding is Monday, so this was an important win for us. It is a good feeling to play like this and head into an 11-day break on a four-game winning streak."
A competitive day of wrestling saw Robinson High School's wrestling team go .500 on the day at the annual Robinson Duals event Saturday (Jan. 6).
The Maroons went 2-2 as a team in their four matches, which saw strong performances by several individuals throughout the day.
"We knew that every team here this weekend was fairly even with Mt. Carmel being the favorite," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "I knew that we would really have to wrestle well to win any duals against these teams and I might have settled for 2-2 before the day began. However, now I think that if we had wrestled with a little more confidence we might have had an opportunity to have done better."
During the course of a 40-minute game, a bad two-minute stretch doesn't seem like it would be too costly, but that turned out to be the difference for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Saturday (Jan. 6).
The Statesmen played with a good Lake Land team for much of their Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest, but a 7-0 run by Lake Land to start the second half put the Statesmen in a hole they could not climb out of on their way to an 80-68 loss.
"I didn't think we competed as hard in the second half," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "We went from a back-and-forth game in the first half to giving them a nice cushion and we were never able to get back in it."
Points were hard to come by for both teams Friday night (Jan. 5), but Oblong High School's boys' basketball team had a little more trouble than their opponent.
The Panthers were held to single digits in three of four quarters and came out on the short end of a 35-31 decision to Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond in non-conference action.
"Neither team could create on the offensive side, so this game came down to who would get the most stops on the defensive end late in the game," OHS head coach Ryan Cheek said. "They hit a couple mid-range jumpers late in the fourth that put them ahead. We had many opportunities to create a high quality shot near the end of the game, but we just did not execute. Our defense was solid for the most part, but our offensive play was horrendous. We were playing selfish basketball."
Two weeks off had little effect on Oblong High School's girls' basketball team.
The Lady Panthers picked up right where they left off following their long layoff over the holidays, as they recorded their ninth straight victory with a 50-37 win over Brownstown-St. Elmo in Thursday (Jan. 4)'s non-conference contest.