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Friday, February 18, 2011

Statesmen edge John A. Logan, 59-55

Sports Editor

Friday, February 18, 2011

It was a tale of two halves Wednesday night at Lincoln Trail College.

Thankfully for the host Statesmen, their first half was a little bit better than visiting John A. Logan's second half, which allowed Lincoln Trail to hold on for a 59-55 win in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

"This was a good win for us," LTC head coach Kevin Emerick said. "When you only score 20 points in a half, especially in a second half, it is hard to win a game, but we did."

For the first 20 minutes, it was all Lincoln Trail. The Statesmen jumped out to an early lead and looked to be cruising to a win, building a 39-21 lead at halftime. However, John A. Logan battled back in the second half, outscoring LTC 34-20, but the Statesmen were able to hold off the Volunteers and pulled out the victory.

"Our defense was exceptional and our rebounding, too, was exceptional against a taller, longer team," Emerick said. "We packed it in with a 2-3 zone and we threw some zone press at them and those things worked. Offensively, we put in some different sets and gave them a different look. It was hard for them to adjust, but they eventually did, which led to some of our struggles in the second half."

The win avenged a 25-point loss to John A. Logan in Carterville, 88-63, on Jan. 19, and evened the season series.

Statistically, the game was close, with each team making 22 field goals and attempting 18 free throws. Lincoln Trail held an advantage at the three-point and free throw lines, which proved to be the difference. The Statesmen made 16 two-point baskets and six three-pointers, while also making 9-18 free throws (50 percent). Meanwhile, John A. Logan connected on 19 two-pointers and three three-pointers, while making just 8-18 foul shots (44 percent).

Ethan Rusbatch paced Lincoln Trail with 16 points - including four three-pointers - and one rebound, while Karee Ferguson posted 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and one assist. John Odo totaled nine points, 10 rebounds, two blocked shots, one assist and one steal, DeCarlos Collier netted nine points, seven rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot, Tre' Jackson contributed seven points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal, Teddy Maris collected three points and two rebounds, Ilyas Salsanov added two points and three rebounds, Romell Bateman had two points and one assist and Abe Millsap had one point, three assists, two rebounds and one steal. Karrington Stallings chipped in with six assists, six rebounds and two steals, D.J. Shouse had one steal and Drew Morecraft has one assist.

"Ethan coming off the bench out of nowhere with 16 points was huge," Emerick said. "John and Karee on the inside did a great job and worked unbelievably hard. They made the difference for us. Romell and Ilyas came in and gave us some solid minutes off the bench, too. We are a deep team and the guys on the bench are very capable. They can contribute and they did that tonight."

John A. Logan was led by Connell Crossland and Nathaniel Butler with 12 points each. Stan Simpson and Quashawn Carpenter added nine points apiece and Anthony Shoemaker chipped in with eight.

Lincoln Trail (12-14, 6-7 GRAC) will play host to Olney Central College for their annual Homecoming game Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

"The game with Olney is even more important after this win," Emerick said. "We are two behind them in the loss column. This gives us a chance to position ourselves better in the conference seeding with our last three games. All of them are important and making these games matter keeps the kids focused on the goal we have had all season - to get back to .500."

At Lincoln Trail College, Robinson

John A. Logan College 21 34 - 55

Lincoln Trail College 39 20 - 59


Josh Anderson 1 0-0 3, Anthony Shoemaker 2 4-4 8, Nathaniel Butler 5 2-9 12, Stan Simpson 4 1-2 9, Quashawn Carpenter 4 0-1 9, Matt Smithpeters 0 0-0 0, Connell Crossland 5 1-2 12, Kevin Spears 0 0-0 0, Alex Brown 1 0-0 2, TOTALS 22 FG, 8-18 FT, 59 TP.


DeCarlos Collier 3-8 1-1 0-0 9, Ilyas Salsanov 0-0 0-1 2-2 2, Karrington Stallings 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, D.J. Shouse 0-0 0-3 0-0 0, Teddy Maris 1-1 0-2 1-2 3, Ethan Rusbatch 2-2 4-7 0-0 16, Karee Ferguson 4-5 0-0 2-2 10, Tre' Jackson 1-2 1-1 2-6 7, Abe Millsap 0-0 0-0 1-2 1, Drew Morecraft 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, John Odo 4-9 0-0 1-4 9, Romell Bateman 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, TOTALS 16-30 2FG, 6-15 3FG, 9-18 FT, 59 TP.

3-point goals - Anderson, Carpenter, Crossland, Rusbatch 4, Jackson, Collier. Team fouls - JALC 17, LTC 17. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (LTC 41) Odo 10, Ferguson 8, Collier 7, Stallings 6, Salsanov 3, Maris 2, Jackson 2, Millsap 2, Rusbatch. Steals - (LTC 9) Collier 3, Stallings 2, Shouse, Jackson, Millsap, Odo. Assists - (LTC 17) Stallings 6, Jackson 4, Millsap 3, Ferguson, Morecraft, Odo, Bateman. Blocked shots - (LTC 6) Ferguson 3, Odo 2, Collier.

Next game - Lincoln Trail (12-14, 6-7 GRAC) will play host to Olney Central College Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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