December 3, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Six players hit for double figures Wednesday to lead the John A. Logan College men’s basketball team to a 103-75 home win over Lake Land College.

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 4-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 11-0 overall. It is the team’s best start to a season in 30 years.

Topping the offense for the home team was freshman Michael Tucker with 18 points. He was 7-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Devontavius Payne followed with 16 points. The Carbondale product was 7-of-12 from the field and dished out a team-high three assists. Also reaching double digits were: Ranell Crossland with 14; Tamas Bruce and Jalen Perry with 12 apiece; and Jarvis Calhoun with 11.

Rashaun Richardson tallied seven, all in the first three minutes of the game. Justin Lukens dropped in six, including one triple. Anthony Campbell and Jerome Davis added one bucket apiece.

Logan was led in rebounding by Bruce with 10. The Vols converted 41-of-67 shots from the field or 61 percent, plus 11-of-24 triples (46 percent); and 10-of-16 free throws (63 percent). The Vols jumped out to a 12-0 lead and enjoyed a 15-point advantage at the break at 43-28.

“We’re not used to getting off to that good a start,” said JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “I was glad to see us not only keep a lead tonight, but to extend a lead. We’ve not been very good at that at times. Tonight, we did a good job against a pretty good ballteam. I expected to see some rust coming off the holiday break, but we did a good job of letting the game come to us and didn’t force things too much.”

Smithpeters said a balanced attack is the key to a successful outcome.
“Look at Rashaun, for example. He scored those seven points early to get us a lead. We have great depth.”

The Lakers were led offensively by Can Oztamur’s 27 points. Muta Irving, Jr. added 23.

The Vols returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel.