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1/22/2013 1:52:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Late run lifts Olney past Tribe in LIC Tournament


OLNEY - Homestanding Olney used a 13-0 scoring spree late in the game Tuesday night to slip past Lawrenceville High School's basketball team, 51-47, in a Little Illini Conference Tournament consolation bracket quarterfinal game.

LHS was on the brink of snapping a seven-game losing streak, when it used a 7-0 run to take a 43-36 lead with about five minutes to play.

Olney then went on the attack, scoring the next 13 points to take a 49-43 lead in a span of just over two minutes.

"It was a lot better effort tonight, and I actually thought we put four quarters together," said LHS coach Randy Bishop, after his team fell to 4-16. "We had a three-minute stretch there where we didn't play real well. We took two or three bad shots that we probably shouldn't have taken. And we let their good kid shoot on the staggered screen, which we'd worked on and worked on. He got an open look and he hit it."

The Indians had the best of things for most of the game, which featured five ties and three lead changes. LHS led 14-12 after a quarter and 28-21 at halftime, before the game was tied at 36-36 entering the final period.

The Indians' Austin Dorney opened the final period with a lay-up, before Brandt Cochran's baseline 3-pointer pushed the LHS lead to 41-36 two minutes into the final period. Dorney scored again with just over five minutes to play, pushing the LHS lead to seven.

The Tigers (12-10) quickly responded. Chance Madden scored, then drilled a 3-pointer, bringing Olney to within 43-41. Olney tied the game on Alec St. Pierre's basket at the 4:39 mark, and took the lead on his driving basket at the 4:15 mark.

The Tigers completed the run with a free throw from St. Pierre and a baseline 3-pointer from Evan Eagleson, stretching the lead to 51-46 with three minutes remaining.

Cochran's 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining gave the Indians hope, cutting the lead to 49-46.

St. Pierre hit two foul shots for a 51-46 Olney lead with 40 seconds remaining. The Indians used a foul shot by Dorney moments later to account for the game's final point.

Trailing by four in the closing moments, the Indians had two chances to keep their hopes alive, but a pair of shots were off the mark.

Dorney topped LHS with 14 points, while Cochran scored 11 and Braxton Blagrave 10. Harry Loeb scored six, and John Barnes, Jordan Shick and John Thompson two each to round out the LHS attack.

"A lot of kids contributed off the bench tonight," Bishop said. "We're down to two seniors, so we're trying to mix in our younger kids, trying to prepare for the future a little bit. We want to give our kids a chance to play. Every kid we put in tonight played hard and gave a pretty good effort."

The Tigers were without their top scorer, sophomore Tate Nohren, who missed the game with a heel injury.

St. Pierre led the Tigers with 21 points, including 15 after halftime. Evan Eagleson also reached double figures with 11.

The Tigers will take part in consolation semifinal competition at Casey at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Marshall. In Wednesday's 6 p.m. consolation semifinal, Oblong will tangle with Edwards County.

In tonight's tournament semifinals, top-seeded Robinson meets fourth-seeded Newton at 6 p.m. Second-seeded host Casey will meet third-seeded Flora at 7:30.

LHS is off until a week from tonight, when it travels to Mount Carmel.

"We've got a long layoff now," Bishop said. "It'll give us a good chance to practice and fix some things."




Dorney (c) 6-11 2-4 14, Cochran (f) 2-4 2-2 11, Blagrave (g) 4-7 0-0 10, Loeb (g) 2-8 0-0 6, Barnes 1-2 0-0 2, Shick 1-2 0-0 2, Thompson 1-2 0-0 2, Steffey (f) 0-1 0-0 0, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Volkman 0-1 0-2 0, Benson 0-2 0-0 0, Ladson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-42 4-8 47.

OLNEY (51)

St. Pierre (f) 8-14 3-4 21, Ev. Eagleson (f) 4-7 0-2 11, Madden (g) 3-5 0-1 7, R. Eagleson (c) 2-4 1-2 6, Et. Eagleson (g) 1-3 0-0 2, Hahn 1-2 0-0 2, Dobbs 1-4 0-0 2, DeVenecia 0-0 0-0 0, Berry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-39 4-9 51.

3-point shooting: Lawrenceville 7-11 (Dorney 0-1, Loeb 2-3, Blagrave 2-2, Cochran 3-4, Benson 0-1), Olney 7-13 (Madden 1-1, Ev. Eagleson 3-5, Ry. Eagleson 1-2, St. Pierre 2-3, Dobbs 0-2). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 16 (Loeb 7), Olney 19 (Ry. Eagleson 7). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 17, Olney 14. Fouls: Lawrenceville 14, Olney 11.

Lawrenceville 14 14 8 11 - 47

Olney 12 9 15 15 - 51

Officials: Joe Lidy, Eric Probst, Johnny Meinhart.


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