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25th annual Basketball Capital Classic
Blue-collar Shoes down Indians in fifth-place game
LAWRENCEVILLE - The name on the front of the jersey says it all.

While nine-time Basketball Capital Classic champion Teutopolis is unaccustomed to playing in the fifth-place game, the Wooden Shoes brought their blue-collar work ethic to the court Saturday night and walked away with a 68-55 win over the host Lawrenceville Indians.

T-Town (3-1) built a double-digit lead in the opening period and while the Indians (1-3) hung round for most of the night, there was never any doubt as to the outcome.

"I thought our kids played a little different," said second-year LHS coach Randy Bishop, whose team was outscored 28-10 at the foul stripe. "I think (Teutopolis) kind of intimidated us just a little bit, just because of the T-Town name."

Teutopolis led 21-11 at the first stop, and maintained a 36-25 advantage at halftime.

Lawrenceville got as close as 39-34 on Jordan Shick's basket in the third period, but the Shoes embarked on a 9-3 run and ended the third period with a 48-38 lead.

Teutopolis pulled away in the final stanza, as it hit 14 of 15 free tosses.

LHS was whistled for 25 fouls in the game, compared with for 14 for the Shoes.

"We played hard and gave it our best effort," Bishop said. "But we put them on the free throw line. We fouled too much. They hit a ton of free throws and we've got to get better in that regard."

LHS sophomore Brandt Cochran, the only Lawrence County player selected to the all-tournament team, hit a trio of 3-point baskets on his way to a game-high 19 points. Shick added 10 and was the only other LHS player in double figures.

Brett Mette, the Shoes' talented 6-5 sophomore, led his team with 16 points. He hit four of six shots from the floor and was perfect in eight trips to the line, all in the second half.

Cody Will and Reed Hardiek both added 11 in the victory,

"(Teutopolis) has a nice team," Bishop said. "They played hard. Defensively, they kind of took us out of our offense a little bit, and then our kids took some bad shots because of that."

While Teutopolis was good on half of the 36 shots it attempted, the Indians were making just 21 of 56 for 38 percent.

The Indians will host Paris, a future Little Illini Conference combatant, on Tuesday before entertaining Edwards County Friday evening.

Third-place game

Fairfield 54, Pinckneyville 40

The Mules completed their best-ever finish in the Capital Classic by outlasting the Panthers in the third-place game.

Fairfield led 13-8 at the end of the opening period and went on to outscore Pinckneyville in all four quarters. Fairfield was on top 29-21 at half and 43-32 after three periods before outscoring the Panthers 11-8 in the final eight minutes.

Tristan Fry topped the Mules with 19 points. Andrew Gifford added 15 and Nathaniel Lackey 10.

Tristan Fisher led Pinckneyville with 10 points.


Mount Carmel 61,

Olney 30

The championship game featured a running clock in the final stanza, as the Golden Aces (3-1) built the lead to larger than 30 points.

Mount Carmel led by scores of 14-5, 32-18 and 55-26 at the quarter stops.

C.J. Diel led the Aces with 21 points, while tournament MVP Reece Metcalf contributed 16.

Tate Nohren scored 15 and was the only Olney player to reach double figures.

Teutopolis 68, Lawrenceville 55


Mette (c) 4-6 8-8 16, Will (g) 2-5 7-9 11, Hardiek (f) 2-7 5-6 11, Wenthe 3-6 2-2 8, Thoele 3-4 0-0 7, Sandschafer 2-2 2-5 6, Kenter 1-1 2-2 4, Drees (g) 1-2 0-0 3, Ungrund 0-1 2-2 2, Smith 0-2 0-1 0, Gebben 0-0 0-1 0, Borries 0-0 0-0 0, Probst 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-36 28-36 68.


Cochran (g) 8-18 0-0 19, Shick 3-7 4-4 10, Loeb (g) 3-7 1-1 8, Steffey (f) 3-6 0-0 7, Winningham 2-10 1-1 5, Wanke (c) 1-3 2-2 4, Benson 0-3 2-4 2, Volkman 0-4 0-0 0, Mahrenholz 0-0 0-0 0, Barnes 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 10-12 55.

3-point field goals: Lawrenceville 5-11 (Steffey 1-1, Loeb 1-1, Benson 0-2, Cochran 3-5, Winningham 0-2), Teutopolis 4-7 (Drees 1-1, Hardiek 2-5, Thoele 1-1). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 24 (Wanke 10), Teutopolis 23 (Mette 5). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 18, Teutopolis 18. Fouls: Lawrenceville 25, Teutopolis 14. Fouled out: Steffey.

Teutopolis 21 14 13 20 - 68

Lawrenceville 11 15 12 17 - 55

Officials: Ryan Wyckoff, Tanner Jones, Bryan Danks


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