November 1, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore guard Martavian Payne erupted for 30 points Friday to lead the John A. Logan College men’s basketball team to a come-from-behind 109-89 win over Memphis-based Southern Institute.

The Volunteers fell behind 14-2 at the start of the match and still trailed by four at the intermission at 49-45.

Payne kept his ballclub in the game. He was 10-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc.

“I felt really good out there tonight and was confident in my shot,” Payne said. “Now that I’m a sophomore, I’m much more comfortable on the floor. I try to let the game come to me instead of forcing things.”

Payne said he and his teammates didn’t panic when they fell behind by double digits early.

“We were just kind of rushing things a little in the first half. Guys were a little nervous. Once we calmed down and started playing our game, we showed what kind of team we can be.”

Joining Payne in double figures were Russell Woods (17) and Ranell Crossland (10). A.J. Riley followed with nine points. Tamas Bruce chipped in eight. Herrin’s Justin Lukens, Carbondale’s Devontavius Payne, and Du Quoin’s Connor Wheeler tallied seven each. Tyler Scott dropped in six. Lamont Walker added five and Jordan Martin had three.

The Vols made good on 37-of-74 shots or 50 percent; 7-of-16 from long range; and 28-of-47 from the free-throw line. Logan also out-rebounded Southern Institute 43-to-34.

Top scorer for the visitors was LaGregory Hinckel with 21 points. Kindall Woodard netted 18.

JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters was pleased to get the win against a team that upset the Vols in the season opener a year ago.

“Absolutely. They’re a good team,” he said. “They’re skilled, they’re big, they’re older than us, and they had already played three games. I don’t know how we ended up winning by 20. It seemed like it was close all the way.”

Smithpeters said the Vols simply wore down the visitors.

“I thought we were resilient in cutting their lead to four at the half and then gradually pulling away in the second half. We did a much better job in the second half of getting the ball where it needed to go and played much better defense.”

Logan hosts the Kentucky Wesleyan University club or Jayvee team at 2 p.m. today.