February 27, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College men’s basketball team overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to post a 103-91 home win over Lincoln Trail Friday to conclude regular-season play.

With the victory, the Vols break a five-game losing streak to the Statesmen and may have regained some of their swagger in the process with a 60-point second half explosion.

“It was a good feeling for our guys tonight. They’ve worked extremely hard to turn things around,” said JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “And they’re not satisfied. They want to keep building on what we’ve accomplished.”

Sophomore Devontavius Payne had his second straight monster game for the Vols, knocking down 36 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 triples. He was also 11-of-13 from the charity stripe.

“The biggest thing with Devon is that he is probably the most efficient scorer I have ever had play for me. He got 36 points tonight on 13 shots from the field. He’s able to balance the floor with an inside/outside game. He is absolutely a threat at any level, any time. He’s going to have a lot of options with four-year schools.”

Joining Payne in double figures were Jarvis Calhoun with 20 points and Jalen Perry and Tamas Bruce with 15 points apiece. Michael Tucker and Ranell Crossland dropped in six each.

Now 23-7 overall, the Vols will play at undetermined opponent at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the District 16 tournament at Rend Lake College.