March 6, 2015

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

INA – Five players reached double figures Thursday as the John A. Logan College men's basketball team raced past Lake Land, 86-76, in quarterfinal round action of the District 16 tournament at Rend Lake.
With the win, the Volunteers improve to 25-6 and move on to the semi-finals tonight at 7 against Kaskaskia.

Sophomore post player Russell Woods paced the Logan offense with 19 points. He was 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Devontavius Payne followed with 15. A.J. Riley contributed 13 as did Tamas Bruce. Jordan Martin added 11.

Logan led by as many as 21 points in the first half at 35-14 before settling for a 12-point cushion at the break at 43-31.

The Lakers closed to within two with less than two minutes to play at 76-74, but free throws from Riley and a basket and free throws by Payne sealed the win.

"We had some guys step up late when Lake Land made a charge at us," said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "I thought A.J played great. And we did an especially good job of hitting our free throws (25-of-32 or 78 percent). It's all about advancing and that's what we did tonight."

Should the No. 2 seed, Vols, beat the No. 3 seed, Blue Devils, tonight, Logan would advance to the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday and automatically qualify for the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.