February 5, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Former Herrin standout Bobby Mannie scored a career-high 18 points to lead the John A. Logan College men’s basketball team to a 112-58 rout of Olney Wednesday.

A 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, Mannie was almost flawless on the night, knocking down 7-of-8 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc.

“It was a lot of fun tonight,” Mannie said. “My teammates got the ball to me in a position I could score and my shot was on. Our team’s just so deep. Anybody can score. We enjoy playing with one another. I think we’re getting better and better.”

Four other teammates hit for double figures. Jeremiah Jackson tallied 16. Martavian Payne dropped in 12. Tamas Bruce and Ranell Crossland flipped in 11 each. Falling just shy of double digits was Russell Woods with nine points. Jordan Martin and Tyler Scott netted eight apiece. A.J. Riley checked in with six. Devontavius Payne and Justin Lukens totaled five each. Connor Wheeler added a triple.

The Vols dominated the boards 37-to-21 and dished out 15 assists while only committing four turnovers, a season low. Logan led 54-29 at the half.

Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters was impressed with the victory.

“I can’t say enough about these guys when they come out and play at the pace that they did,” he said. “Olney’s a team that was within four points of Vincennes with four minutes to go. They’re not that bad a team. Tonight, we hit a lot of shots and we turned good defense into points on the other end. It was a lot of fun to watch.”

Smithpeters said what probably impressed him the most was the assists-to-turnovers ratio.

“That was huge. You’re going to win a lot of games when you have 15 assists and only four turnovers.”

With the win, the Vols improve to 10-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. They are now 19-4 overall. The Blue Knights slide to 1-10 in the league and 5-18 overall.

Logan travels to Mount Carmel Saturday for a 7:30 game with Wabash Valley. The Vols return home next Wednesday at 7 against the nation’s No. 2-ranked Vincennes University.