January 7, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College men’s basketball team broke free from a close game late to romp past visiting Olney Wednesday, 68-51, in the first game back after the holiday break.

The Volunteers improve to 5-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 14-1 overall. The Blue Knights fall to 2-3 in the league and to 7-7 overall.

Only three players reached double figures as sophomore guard transfer, Jarvis Calhoun, poured in 15 points, including 3-of-6 dialed up from beyond the arc. Fellow guard, Jalen Perry, followed with 14 points, although he did not enjoy one of his better shooting games of the season (5-of-15). Michael Tucker came off the bench to drop in 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. He was also 2-of-5 from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Ranell Crossland, back from an ankle injury, finished with nine points. Sophomore Tamas Bruce bagged seven points.

Sophomore Justin Lukens of Herrin accomplished a first Wednesday, leading the team in rebounds with seven from his point guard position. He also notched six points and dished out five assists in one of his best all-around games as a Vol.

Logan had to play the game without its leading scorer, Devontavius Payne. The Carbondale High grad twisted an ankle in practice Tuesday. He is, however, expected to return to action this Saturday when the Vols travel to Lewis & Clark College.

JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters said the win did not come easily.

“I think it’s good that this team is learning how to play through adversity,” he said. “We lost 22 points a game from our lineup tonight when we lost Devon. Fortunately, we have good depth. I think down the road guys getting these extra minutes is going to pay off because they’re all battle tested.”

Smithpeters said that while it was frustrating to be without the services of Payne, he was happy to add 6-foot-9 post player, Lamarcus White, who became eligible this month.
“He didn’t play a lot of minutes tonight, but he did a lot of good things on the floor and he will help us a lot as he gets into basketball shape.”

Olney was led by guard Steven Davis, who gunned in 28 of his team’s 51 points.