January 24, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore transfer Jarvis Calhoun knocked down some key 3-pointers late to help the John A. Logan College men’s basketball team stave off a comeback attempt by Shawnee Saturday. The Vols prevailed 86-76.

With the win, Logan improves to 18-2 overall, 9-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The Saints fall to 3-7 in the league and 8-10 overall.

Calhoun finished with 17 points. He was 3-of-5 from long distance and 5-of-11 from the field overall. He was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Top scorer for the Vols was sophomore guard Devontavius Payne with 20 points. Payne finished 5-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He was a solid 7-of-9 from the line. Also in double figures were Jalen Perry with 13 and Tamas Bruce with 11. Justin Lukens contributed nine. Ranell Crossland added seven.

As a team, the Vols converted a pedestrian 24-of-59 shots from the field (41 percent), although they were solid on triples, making 7-of-16 for 44 percent. Logan was also lights out from the free-throw line, connecting on 31-of-41 attempts or 76 percent.

The Saints made good on 28-of-64 shots overall (44 percent); 5-of-20 trifectas (25 percent); and 15-of-25 free throws (60 percent).

Top scorer for Shawnee was Richard Knox with 24 points, some 17 points over his game average. Satchel McDonald followed with 16.

Logan led 36-28 at the intermission.

“We did a pretty good job in our zone today,” said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “I thought the biggest problem was that we got a little complacent after we built a 15-point second-half lead. We kind of thought it was over and it wasn’t. All in all, a win’s a win. Shawnee played so hard, and at times, a lot harder than we did.”

As was the case earlier in the week at Lincoln Trail, the Vols were outrebounded by their opponent, 37-to-33, and allowed the Saints to come away with 16 offensive boards.

“We had a lot of balls that didn’t fall our way, but we’re long enough and athletic enough that we have to get our hands on the basketball more often. It can’t continue to be bad luck upon bad luck. We have to do a better job of rebounding.”

Logan returns to action Wednesday night at 7 against Southwestern Illinois College. It will be “Du Quoin Night” at the college meaning that all Du Quoin students and residents will gain free admission to the games and all students will receive a free popcorn and soda courtesy of the Du Quoin State Bank.