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11/27/2012 10:19:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Basketball Capital Classic
Salukis pull away from Indians for seventh place
LAWRENCEVILLE - It was the matchup the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce was hoping for in the 24th annual Basketball Capital Classic, just not the time slot.

After both Lawrence County teams finished 0-3 in pool play during the 24th annual Basketball Capital Classic games over the weekend, Red Hill and Lawrenceville locked horns in Saturday afternoon's seventh-place game. The Salukis prevailed, 62-52, thanks mostly to stellar shooting from the foul stripe.

The Salukis cashed in on 28 of 33 shots from the foul line, including a perfect 13 of 13 in the final period, as they pulled away for the win.

Red Hill (1-3) took charge with a 16-0 scoring spree in the opening period, and held off the Indians (0-4). The Salukis, who took the lead for good on Jake Allen's baseline 3-pointer midway through the opening quarter, led by scores of 16-6, 26-15 and 41-31 at the quarter stops.

"A young as we are, when we got the lead, in my heart of hearts I thought 'Well, we've got the lead, but it's awfully early in the game'," said Red Hill coach Bryan Havill, whose team hit six 3-pointers in the opening half to build a comfortable margin. "The second, third and fourth quarters seemed to take forever. But we took care of the ball well enough and just did a phenomenal job at the foul line, knocking down the shots."

LHS coach Randy Bishop was disappointed that his team fouled 26 times, and with the way the Indians guarded the Salukis' 3-point shooters.

"I didn't think we played with the same enthusiasm that we did earlier in the day against Marshall," he said. "(Red Hill) is good enough to beat you when you put them on the line like we did tonight. They were real patient, offensively."

Matt Young, who survived a crash into some steel chairs along the LHS bench in the opening half, finished with a game-high 24 points to pace the Salukis. Young was perfect in 11 trips to the foul line, and hit five of nine shots from the floor, including three of five from 3-point range.

"He does a lot of stuff for us," Havill said. "He's just a blue-collar kid who gets his nose in everywhere. He handled the ball well tonight and made good decisions. I can't say enough good things about him tonight."

The Salukis, who scored a total of 80 points in their three pool play game, benefitted from a balanced attack against the Indians. Noah Puntney, perfect in eight trips to the foul line, added 14 points while Allen and Dalton Murray both scored eight, Ryan Kolb six and Steven Ramsaran two.

Harry Loeb led the Indians with 17 points, while Austin Dorney netted 13. Braxton Blagrave hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth period for six points, while John Barnes, Brandt Cochran, Austin Wanke, Jordan Shick and John Thompson scored two points apiece.

The game marked the 96th meeting between the Indians and Salukis. Lawrenceville leads the all-time series, 55-41.

It was just the third Red Hill-Lawrenceville matchup in the 24-year history of the Capital Classic. All three games have been won by the Salukis, who nipped the Indians, 66-63 in overtime in the 1992 championship game and notched a 59-44 consolation play win in 2010.

Red Hill has now won 15 of the last 16 meetings against their county rivals.

The Indians, who have played in the tournament since its inception in 1989, are now 37-47 overall in Capital Classic play. The Salukis, who joined the tournament in 1990, are 42-40 all-time in the BCC.

Both teams have little time to recover, as they return to action Tuesday. Bishop will take the Indians on a journey to his hometown of Paris, while the Salukis will entertain Mount Carmel in the Golden Aces' season opener.

Fifth place

Fairfield 59, Neoga 52

Fairfield left the tournament with a 2-2 record after staving off the Indians, 59-52.

Fairfield led 15-9 at the end of the opening period, 24-23 at halftime and 43-38 after three quarters.

Tristan Fry paced the Mules with 21 points. Joseph Rodgers added 14 and Nathaniel Lackey 10.

Jake Baker topped Neoga with 17 points in the loss. Derek Williamson added 11 and Riley Welk 10.

Third place

Marshall 42, Olney 35

In a matchup of Little Illini Conference heavyweights, the Lions scored 15 points in the final period to escape with the win

Olney led 7-6 after one quarter and 17-16 at halftime before building a 34-26 lead three minutes into the final period. Marshall responded with the 15-0 spree at that point to get the victory.

Tate Nohren topped the Tigers (2-2) with 11 points in the loss. Taylor Maurer scored 11 and Thomas Sisson 10 for Marshall (3-1).


Teutopolis 54,

Pinckneyville 28

The fabled Wooden Shoes claimed their ninth title since joining the tournament in 2002 by outscoring newcomer Pinckneyville in all four quarters. With the four weekend wins, the Wooden Shoes are 49-7 all-time in Capital Classic play.

Devin Falbe led the Wooden Shoes with 14 points, while Kyle Pruemer added 13.

Chris Priebe led the Panthers with 13 points in the loss, while Brandon Edwards contributed 10.

Red Hill 62,

Lawrenceville 52


Young (g) 5-9 11-11 24, Puntney (c) 3-9 8-8 14, Murray (f) 2-4 2-4 8, Allen (f) 2-3 3-4 8, Kolb 1-5 4-5 6, Ramsaran (g) 1-3 0-0 2, Holtz 0-0 0-0 0, Carroll 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-34 28-33 62.


Loeb (g) 6-13 3-3 17, Dorney (f) 6-11 1-2 13, Blagrave (g) 2-7 0-0 6, Lockhart (c) 2-4 2-2 6, Barnes 1-2 0-1 2, Cochran 0-4 2-2 2, Wanke 1-2 0-0 2, Shick (f) 1-1 0-0 2, Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Potts 0-0 0-0 0, Benson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 8-11 52.

3-point shooting: Red Hill 6-10 (Allen 1-1, Murray 2-4, Young 3-5), Lawrenceville 4-12 (Loeb 2-5, Blagrave 2-5, Cochran 0-2). Rebounds: Red Hill 21 (Kolb 6), Lawrenceville 19 (Dorney 3, Loeb 3, Lockhart 3). Turnovers: Red Hill 11, Lawrenceville 14. Fouls: Red Hill 17, Lawrenceville 26. Fouled out: Shick (:40 in 4th), Cochran (:21 in 4th).

Lawrenceville 6 9 16 21 - 52

Red Hill 16 10 15 21 - 62

Officials: Bryan Danks, Bill McClane, Kris Muston.

Capital Classic


Friday at Lawrenceville

Neoga 55, Lawrenceville 48

Pinckneyville 38, Marshall 36

Marshall 72, Neoga 23

Pinckneyville 62, Lawrenceville 30

Friday at Red Hill

Olney 43, Red Hill 33

Teutopolis 73, Fairfield 33

Teutopolis 54, Olney 40

Fairfield 55, Red Hill 30

Saturday at Red Hill

Teutopolis 55, Red Hill 20

Olney 45, Fairfield 43

Saturday at Lawrenceville

Marshall 72, Lawrenceville 58

Pinckneyville 65, Neoga 37

7th place: Red Hill 62, Lawrenceville 52

5th place: Fairfield 59, Neoga 52

3rd place: Marshall 42, Olney 35

Championship: Teutopolis 54, Pinckneyville 28

All-tournament team: Derek Smith, Teutopolis (MVP); Kyle Pruemer, Teutopolis; Jared Waldhoff, Teutopolis; Alex St. Pierre, Olney; Tate Nohren, Olney; Jake Baker, Neoga; Tristan Fry, Fairfield; Taylor Maurer, Marshall; Thomas Sisson, Marshall; Caleb Dahn, Pinckneyville; Chris Priebe, Pinckneyville.


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