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Basketball Capital Classic, Lawrenceville site
Indians go 1-2, earn spot in fifth-place game
LAWRENCEVILLE - Parity was on full display at the Lawrenceville site in the 25th annual Basketball Classic and the home team was right in the mix.

At the end of Friday's first day of competition, all four teams playing in the new LHS gym stood at 1-1, and could have potentially placed anywhere from first to eighth in the eight-team field.

A pool play win wasn't enough, however, to keep the Lawrenceville Indians from playing fabled Teutopolis in Saturday's fifth-place game.

The Indians defeated Marshall, 53-51, in pool play Friday evening but suffered losses to Pinckneyville (64-56) Friday morning and Mount Carmel (64-54) Saturday morning.

Friday night's victory over Marshall was the Indians' first in the Capital Classic since beating Neoga in the seventh-place game of the 2011 tournament, 55-49.

"I think we did pretty well," said second-year Lawrenceville coach Randy Bishop. "We're still kind of young. I'm disappointed because I thought we were going to be in the championship. I really thought we should have beaten Pinckneyville, and I thought we were going to beat Mount Carmel today."

Both Mount Carmel and Pinckneyville finished with 2-1 records in pool play, and the Golden Aces were awarded the championship berth by virtue of their win over the Panthers on Saturday. By the same token, LHS and Marshall were both 1-2 in pool play, and the Indians claimed the spot in the fifth-place game due to the win over the Lions.

Friday morning

Marshall 58,

Mt. Carmel 55

Junior Keegan Steele led the way with 27 points for the Lions, who were in front at the end of every quarter. Steele's 3-point basket in the waning seconds sealed the win. Freshman Spencer Shaffner added 17 points for the Lions.

C.J. Diel topped the Golden Aces with 16 points, while former Edwards County standout Riley Raber contributed 13.

Marshall led by scores of 15-13, 26-24 and 45-41 at the quarter stops.

Steele had at least one 3-point basket in every quarter, and finished the game with five.

Pinckneyville 64, Lawrenceville 56

The Indians struggled to shoot, while the Panthers struggled to handle the ball.

In the end, the team with the 21 turnovers prevailed over the team that shot 35 percent.

LHS was just 22 of 64 for the game, while the Panthers of coach Bobby Waggoner were 21 of 35 for 60 percent.

The Indians led 16-13 at the end of the opening period and 26-24 at halftime. Pinckneyville rallied to take a 42-40 lead to the final period, then outscored the Tribe 22-16 the rest of the way.

"In the fourth quarter we kind of showed our youth and lost our composure," Bishop said. "They really didn't run the offense like I wanted to, and they'd done a good job of doing that. They got away from it in the fourth quarter and I thought that cost us, really."

Sophomore Harry Loeb, who hit 8 of 19 shots, topped the Tribe with 22 points. Jordan Shick added 13 and Brandt Cochran, recovering from a sprained ankle, 12.

"We missed some shots that normally we make," Bishop said. "We had wide open looks, but it didn't go in. You can't do much about that."

Nolan Luke paced a balanced Pinckneyville attack with 15 points. Henry Dudek added 13, while Caleb Dahn and Brian Taylor both scored 10.

Loeb had eight rebounds for the Indians, who were 32-27 losers on the boards.

Friday evening

Lawrenceville 53, Marshall 51

The Indians scored the game's first nine points, then had to hold off the hard-charging Lions for the final 30 minutes.

It was the Indians' first win over Marshall since Dec. 2, 2005, and snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Lions.

Marshall managed to tie the game in both the third and fourth periods, but never gained the lead.

LHS led 18-13, 26-25 and 38-37 at the quarter stops, and used a 6-0 spree to stretch its lead to 51-43 when Dylan Volkman turned a Marshall miscue into a basket at the 1:05 mark.

The game was far from over, however, and the Lions' Dalton Hefner had a good look at a 3-pointer to win the game. It bounced off the front of the rim at the final horn.

Cochran topped the Indians with 14 points, while Shick muscled his way to 12 points. In all, the Indians used 10 players and nine of them scored at least a basket.

"It was good to get a win," Bishop said. "I was happy with the way the kids kept their composure down the stretch."

Marshall's Steele, who hit seven more 3-pointers, topped all players with 23 points. The junior marksman was good on 7 of 12 shots behind the arc. Shaffer added 17 points in the loss.

Thomas Mahrenholz scored with an offensive rebound, boosting the Indians into a 47-43 lead with just over three minutes remaining. The 6-0 spree concluded with two free throws from Cochran and a driving basket by Dylan Volkman.

Steele's 3-pointer pulled the Lions to within 51-48. After Shick made one of two at the line, Steele netted his seventh 3-pointer of the night, slicing the lead to 52-51.

Loeb hit one of two from the stripe with seven seconds to go, and the rebound went out of bounds to Marshall. The Lions had just 3.9 seconds to go the length of the floor, and Hefner's long-range shot at the horn was off the mark.

Mount Carmel 50, Pinckneyville 23

The Golden Aces outscored the Panthers in every quarter in the process of scoring the day's only blowout.

Mount Carmel led 10-5, 22-15 and 34-21 at the quarter stops, then outscored Pinckneyville 16-2 in the final stanza.

Levi Laws was the top scorer for Mount Carmel with 14 points. Diel and Austin Thompson both scored 12.

Clayton Houghland scored eight points to pace Pinckneyville.

Saturday morning

Mount Carmel 54, Lawrenceville 44

The Indians had a double-digit lead in the first half, but the Golden Aces roared back to win going away.

"It's really disappointing," said Bishop. "I thought we played well for two-and-a-half to two-and-three-quarters quarters. But In the third quarter we just laid down. Once they got ahead we couldn't get the momentum back."

The Golden Aces started quickly, leading by as many as seven points in the opening stanza. LHS rallied late, using a 3-pointer from Brady Benson and a foul shot by Harry Loeb to tie the game at 14-all after one period.

Cody Steffey's driving basket two minutes in to the second period started a 9-0 LHS run that ended with Steffey's three-point play that stretched the lead to 26-14 midway through the quarter.

The Aces' Caleb Kline responded with a 3-pointer, helping his team cut the lead to 28-18 at halftime.

Cochran converted a turnover into an easy basket three minutes into the second half, giving the Indians their final double-digit advantage, 32-22.

Mount Carmel's Thompson took over the game at that point, as he clicked for six straight points. Loeb's baseline 3-pointer gave LHS a 35-28 edge but Mount Carmel shaved the score to 35-32 entering the final period.

Thompson started the final period with a free throw, then tied the game by scoring inside at the 7:30 mark. The Aces took the lead on Thompson's putback, before Laws scored to give the visitors a 39-35 lead.

Benson hit a pair of foul shots with 6:14 remaining, cutting the lead to 39-37, but LHS got no closer the rest of the way.

The Aces used a 10-3 run in the middle of the quarter to put the game away.

Cochran finished with 11 points and was the only LHS player to reach double figures. Shick led the team with eight rebounds as both teams grabbed 16 boards.

Reece Metcalf scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead Mt. Carmel. Kline and Thompson both finished with nine.

The Indians return to competition Tuesday when they'll host Paris.

Friday morning

Pinckneyville 64, Lawrenceville 56


Loeb (g) 8-19 4-5 22, Shick 5-11 2-4 13, Cochran (g) 5-20 1-2 12, Wanke (c) 1-1 0-0 2, Steffey 1-4 0-0 2, Benson 1-1 0-0 2, Mahrenholz 1-2 0-0 2, Volkman (g) 0-6 1-3 1. Totals 22-64 8-14 56.


Luke (f) 3-6 9-13 15, Dudek (f) 5-8 2-2 13, Dahn (c) 4-7 2-3 10, Taylor 4-4 1-2 10, Houghland (f) 3-6 2-7 8, Fisher (g) 0-1 4-4 4, Banach 1-2 0-0 2, Cowley 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-35 20-31 64.

3-point shooting: Lawrenceville 4-17 (Volkman 0-1, Loeb 2-7, Shick 1-1, Cochran 1-8), Pinckneyville 2-5 (Luke 0-1, Dudek 1-3, Taylor 1-1). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 27 (Loeb 8), Pinckneyville 32 (Luke 9). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 10, Pinckneyville 21. Fouls: Lawrenceville 25, Pinckneyville 20. Fouled out: Shick (1:26 in fourth).

Pinckneyville 13 11 18 22- 64

Lawrenceville 16 10 14 16 - 56

Officials: Lee Abbleby, Bill McClane, Matt. St. Ledger.

Friday night

Lawrenceville 53, Marshall 51


Steele (g) 7-14 2-2 23, Shaffner (c) 8-14 1-3 17, Morris (f) 2-6 1-2 5, Davidson (g) 2-4 0-1 4, Finkbiner 0-5 0-1 2, Hefner 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 4-8 51.


Cochran (g) 5-16 2-2 14, Shick (c) 5-8 2-4 12, Volkman 2-6 2-2 6, Steffey (f) 1-6 3-4 5, Loeb (g) 2-9 1-4 5, Benson 2-4 0-0 4, Wanke 2-3 0-0 4, Mahrenholz 1-1 0-0 2, Barnes 0-0 1-2 1, Winningham 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 20-54 11-20 53.

3-point shooting: Marshall 7-22 (Steele 7-12, Morris 0-2, Hefner 0-4, Finkbiner 0-4), Lawrenceville 2-9 (Volkman 0-1, Benson 0-1, Cochran 2-5, Winningham 0-1). Rebounds: Marshall 22 (Davidson 5), Lawrenceville 38 (Loeb 7). Turnovers: Marshall 10, Lawrenceville 9. Fouls: Marshall 17, Red Hill 17. Fouled out: Davidson.

Marshall 13 12 12 14 - 51

Lawrenceville 18 8 12 15 - 53

Officials: Matt St. Ledger, Bill McClane, Lee Applebey.

Saturday morning

Mt. Carmel 54, Lawrenceville 44


Metcalf (g) 9-14 3-6 21, Kline 2-3 4-6 9, Thompson 4-6 1-7 9, Laws (g) 3-8 0-0 6, Raber (f) 1-2 2-2 4, Allen 1-3 1-4 3, Diel (c) 1-1 0-2 2, Deisher 0-1 0-1 0, Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-38 11-28 54.


Cochran (g) 4-8 0-0 11, Volkman 2-8 3-4 7, Benson 1-5 3-3 6, Steffey (f) 2-5 1-1 5, Loeb (g) 1-13 2-4 5, Mahrenholz 1-3 1-2 3, Winningham 1-2 1-2 3, Shick 1-2 0-3 2, Wanke 0-4 2-2 2, Barnes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-51 13-21 44.

3-point shooting: Mt. Carmel 1-9 (Laws 0-2, Metcalf 0-3, Raber 0-1, Kline 1-2, Deisher 0-1), Lawrenceville 5-17 (Volkman 3, Steffey 0-1, Loeb 2-5, Benson 1-1, Cochran 3-6, Winningham 0-1). Rebounds: Mt. Carmel 26 (Metcalf 9), Lawrenceville 26 (Shick 8). Turnovers: Mt. Carmel 15, Lawrenceville 13. Fouls: Mt. Carmel 20, Lawrenceville 24.

Lawrenceville 14 13 8 9 - 44

Mount Carmel 14 4 14 22 - 54

Officials: Bryan Danks, Tanner Jones, Ryan Wyckoff.


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