February 24, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

INA - Freshman guard Cory Thomas burned the nets for 44 points, including 31 in the second half, to lead the Rend Lake College Warriors past a stunned John A. Logan College ballclub, 98-93, Tuesday night.

The Volunteers led 49-37 at the half and grew the lead to 16 points at 64-48, but ultimately surrendered 61 points over the final 20 minutes to lose.

Practically a one-man wrecking crew, Thomas knocked down 15 field goals, including six triples on the night to go along with 8-of-10 free throws. His performance more than offset the fabulous night of Logan sophomore Devontavius Payne, who accounted for a season-high 35 points, including seven field goals from beyond the arc.

Freshman Michael Tucker followed with 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. He was 6-of-8 from the field. Jalen Perry tacked on 17. Tamas Bruce and Justin Lukens dropped in six apiece. Jarvis Calhoun added four. Rashaun Richardson had two.

Adrian Smith totaled 16 for the Warriors, who finish the Great Rivers Athletic Conference run with a mark of 7-11. They are now 16-14 overall. 

The Vols, meanwhile, have now dropped four of their last five contests and stand 12-5 in the league and 22-7 overall. 

"It's like a broken record. We allowed another guy to have a scholarship night against us," said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "Kudos to him. He stepped up and played well. He gave them a lot of energy and made them go. That's on us. We can't allow a guy to step up there and keep doing it and not make changes. That's a reflection of coaching. We tried to make some things happen out there and didn't do it very well."

Smithpeters said a lack of defense is costing the team games at a crucial time of the season. 

"I can live with giving up 37 points in the first half, but you can't give up 61 points in the second half and expect to win. We have to step up and get stops. We've worked too hard for too long to keep having these recurrences."

Logan plays host to Lincoln Trail at 7 p.m. Friday.