January 16, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Five players popped for double figures Saturday afternoon as the John A. Logan College men’s basketball team strolled past Rend Lake, 99-78.

With the victory, the nation’s seventh-ranked Volunteers improve to 8-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 17-1 overall. The Warriors fall to 3-6 in the league and to 9-7 overall.

JALC fourth-year head coach Kyle Smithpeters was impressed with his team’s play.

“We can make things look easy at times,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we were hitting on all cylinders necessarily, but there were times when we imposed our will. When we play hard and communicate, we can make things tough on people.”

Logan held the Warriors to 28 points in the first half, while knocking down 45 of their own.

“Our defense caused some problems for them,” Smithpeters said. “The kids have done a great job of buying into the concept of playing hard on both ends of the floor and putting team goals ahead of individual goals.”

Top scorer for the Vols was sophomore guard Devontavius Payne (Carbondale), who tallied 22 points off the bench. He was 9-of-17 from the field, including 2-of-5 from long range. He was also 2-of-2 from the line.

Freshman guard Jalen Perry was en fuego, lighting up the nets for 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and demonstrated some acrobatic moves inside the paint.

Sophomore post player Tamas Bruce also didn’t start, but finished the game with 16 points and a team-high 14 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.

Sophomore guard transfer Jarvis Calhoun checked in with 14 points, including a quartet of 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Ranell Crossland contributed 11 points.

Rashaun Richardson totaled six points. Jerome Davis, who earned a rare start, flipped in five. LaMarcus White, Anthony Campbell and Armon Benford added two points apiece.

As a team, Logan connected on 55 percent of its shots (36-of-66); 50 percent of its 3-pointers (10-of-20); and 74 percent of its free tosses (17-of-23).

The Vols also outrebounded the Warriors, 38-to-28. Top scorer for Rend Lake was Adrian Smith with 18 points. Cory Thomas accounted for 15. Dedric Byrd hit for 12 and Anton Ivy had 10.

The Vols travel to Robinson Wednesday to take on Lincoln Trail in a 7:30 p.m. game in what looks to be a battle for first place in the league.
“It’s been a tough place to play in recent years,” Smithpeters said. “They got us twice last year. “I think we’ll come ready to play.”