November 26, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The John A. Logan College Volunteers were quick to put Saturday's road loss to Southwestern Illinois behind them as they crushed visiting Southeastern Illinois Tuesday, 78-50.


With the win, the men improved to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The Falcons fall to 1-1 in the league, 3-4 overall.


Logan was all business on the home floor, rushing to a 40-26 halftime advantage. The Vols never let off the gas, increasing the spread to 30 plus in the second half.


JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters was pleased with his team's performance.

"I really thought it was a good overall team effort today," he said. "Ranell Crossland probably had the quietest 13 points I ever saw. You almost didn't know he was out there on the floor at times. Russell Woods came off the bench to put in 15 points and grab six rebounds. Jordan Martin and Martavian Payne finished with double-figure rebounds. And despite giving up 13 offensive rebounds, we held Southeastern to only 50 points. We'll take that every night."

Woods' 15 points led the offense. Martavian Payne and Crossland followed with 13 points each. Martin accounted for nine points. Herrin's Justin Lukens and Carbondale's Devontavius Payne each collected eight.

Reserve forward Tamas Bruce only scored two points, but came away with six blocked shots, his best defensive showing of the season.

As a team, Logan converted 25-of-58 shots from the field (43 percent), 8-of-18 from long range (44 percent) and 20-of-28 free throws (71 percent). The Vols also won the rebounding battle 43-to-31.
Southeastern was led in scoring by Demetris Levarity with 14 points.

Logan returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 3 at home against Kaskaskia. Game time is 7 p.m.