January 8, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

VINCENNES, IND. - Vincennes' Keith Mack came off the bench and scored from the lane with 15 seconds to play to give the host Trailblazers a 71-70 Region 24 win over John A. Logan College Wednesday to kick off the second half of the basketball season.

Logan's Martavian Payne and Ranell Crossland each had a chance to win the game for the Vols, but missed 3-pointers in the waning seconds.

The Vols (11-3) had taken a 70-69 lead with 30 seconds left on a tip-in basket by Russell Woods. Less than a minute previously, A.J. Riley had given Logan its first lead at 68-67. Each time, Vincennes answered.

"I can't be disappointed with the way we played. We held a really good team to 71 points on their home floor," said JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "First game back from the break, and shoot, we lost by one to the No. 1-ranked team in the country. We made too many mental mistakes, gave up too many offensive rebounds, and put them at the free-throw line too much. But all in all, our effort level was good. There were times tonight we could have quit, but we were resilient. There were a lot of good things to build on from this game."

Logan trailed 37-28 at the half and by as many as 11 points midway through the second half. Whereas it was Woods who carried the Vols in the first half, scoring 14 of the team's 28 points, it was Riley and Crossland who carried the load in the second half with some additional help from Woods. 

Woods led the Vols with 23 points. Martavian Payne, Riley and Crossland followed with 12 each. Tamas Bruce, Devontavius Payne, Jordan Martin and Connor Wheeler combined for the remaining 11 points.  Charles Foster notched 14 to pace the Trailblazers, who improved to 16-0 on the season.

Logan converted only 21-of-64 shots from the field, including 2-of-14 from long range. The Vols return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rend Lake.