March 3, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

INA - Sophomore guard Jarvis Calhoun burned the nets for 23 points Wednesday to lead the John A. Logan College men's basketball team to an 87-85 vicory over Kaskaskia in the opening round of the District Tournament at Rend Lake.

Sophomore Devontavius Payne followed with 19 points. Freshman Michael Tucker accounted for 16 and sophomore Justin Lukens added 10.

Logan trailed by double digits early in the second half before rallying.

"When people's backs are against the wall, it's tough to put them away," said Vols fourth-year head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "That's been the case every single game today. We caught some breaks and we had some guys step up and make some big plays. It's all about surviving and advancing."

Smithpeters said the postseason is not for the feint of heart. Many of the games go to the wire.

"When Jarvis Calhoun shows up and shoots the ball like he did tonight, we're tough to beat," he said. "And what a great game for Justin Lukens. He shot the ball well. The leadership of our sophomores, I thought, really showed down the stretch."

Smithpeters also praised the efforts of Tucker.

"Michael gets punished (by officials) for being a grown man. He picks up a lot of touch fouls, but is now finding a way to play though it. He's tough to guard down low and gets us a lot of easy baskets."

The Vols improve to 24-7 overall and will take on Vincennes in the semifinals of the tourney at 8 tonight at Rend Lake. Logan lost both regular-season contests against the team from Indiana.