November 14, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

VINCENNES, IND. - It was raining threes Saturday in Vincennes, Ind. as the John A. Logan College men's basketball team blitzed Ancilla, Ind., 96-59, to  complete a two-game tournament run. 

The Volunteers remain perfect at 7-0. They knocked down a school-record 16 triples in 31 attempts. 

"Obviously, I thought we shot the ball extremely well, especially from long range," said JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "Devontavius Payne really had a night (6-of-7 treys and 8-of-10 from the field overall for 22 points). Jarvis Calhoun and Al Jones also shot the three-ball well."

Logan jumped out to a 43-26 halftime lead and never looked back, continuing to build its lead early in the second half. The Vols' biggest lead was 39 at 85-46 following a trifecta by Jones.

Michael Tucker didn't have too shabby a night himself. The 6-foot-7 freshman from Georgia tallied 15 points. He was 7-of-11 from the field, including three highlight-reel slam dunks.

Calhoun finished with 14 points and was 4-of-8 from long distance. Sophomore Ranell Crossland tacked on 12 points and Jones had 10. Each buried a pair of triples.

"This is the third game we have played in three days and that was done for a reason," Smithpeters said. "We wanted to simulate post-season play. I thought the kids handled the challenge quite well. I'm proud of them." 

Sophomore Tamas Bruce led the team in rebounds with six. Anthony Campbell and Crossland bagged five apiece. 

The Vols move on to Region 24 play at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Ullin. Great Rivers Athletic Conference play gets under way at 3 p.m. next Saturday at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.