November 3, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College men’s basketball team served notice Saturday that it’s going to take more than a junior varsity team, even at the university level, to knock them off this year. Kentucky Wesleyan found out the hard way as the Volunteers cruised past the visitors from the Blue Grass State, 102-45, in the second and final round of the Logan Invitational, leaving one to wonder how Logan may have fared against the varsity squad.

Five players reached double figures as Logan improved to 2-0 on the season. The men return to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Mineral Area. Wesleyan finished tourney play 0-2.

Logan led by 15 at the intermission (41-26) and then put the pedal to the metal in the second half, scoring 61 points. The Vols sizzled from the field, converting 40-of-64 shots or 62 percent. They were 9-of-26 from beyond the arc and 13-of-18 from the free-throw line. Moreover, they dominated the boards, outrebounding Wesleyan 50-to-22.

JALC freshman guard Devontavius Payne of Carbondale led the team in scoring with 21 points, even though he didn’t start the game.

“It feels good to be playing in front of the home crowd,” Payne said. “I’m just doing what I can to help the team get some wins under our belt. That’s what it’s all about.”

Another non-starter, freshman forward Lamont Walker, followed with 16 points. Jordan Martin tossed in 13. Tamas Bruce tallied 12 in a reserve role and A.J. Riley added 11.

Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I thought we really turned it on in the second half,” he said. “We finally started getting some transition points because our defense was causing them some problems. That’s what we are as a team. We have to be able to take advantage of the opportunities we are given. And it didn’t hurt matters that we shot much better from the free-throw line today. We’re a good free-throw shooting team.

“I also liked the fact we got 50 rebounds,” Smithpeters said. That’s what I want us to average per game. We got good minutes from our young guys, as well as our veterans.”