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|Friday's Dieterich Holiday Tourney games|
Salukis double their pleasure
DIETERICH - After opening the season with 10 consecutive losses, the Red Hill Salukis tasted victory not once, but twice on Friday in pool play competition in the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.
In an 11:30 a.m. game, Red Hill edged Beecher City 60-58 on a driving layup by Dalton Murray as time expired.
After a 90-minute break the Salukis were on the hardwood again, this time defeating the Oblong Panthers 59-47 behind a balanced attack that featured key contributions from the Red Hill bench.
Red Hill coach Bryan Havill was pleased with his team's balanced scoring on the day.
"I think in game one (vs. Beecher City) we had a couple different kids step it up scoring and in this game (vs. Oblong) we had two different kids. It's all about team and that's how you get the job done," Havill said.
Four different Red Hill players had double-figure games on the day with another just missing out with a nine-point performance.
The Salukis got 11 points off the bench against Beecher City and eight from reserves against Oblong.
The two wins earned the Salukis a spot in the third place game against Arcola.
Red Hill 60,
Beecher City 58
The Salukis jumped out to a 15-2 lead against Beecher City's Eagles and led 20-6 after the first quarter.
Sophomore guard Dalton Murray scored eight points in the frame, including an NBA-range 3-pointer at the buzzer. Freshman Kameron Vinsel, getting his first varsity start, scored four points in the quarter.
The Eagles (5-4) did not fold, however, cutting the lead to 32-25 at halftime and leading by as many as seven with 4:47 left in the game.
"We came out and grabbed an early lead, something we've not been able to do this year," Havill said. ""I'm not sure we knew how to react when we did. We got real relaxed. We gave them momentum. We were jogging back on defense, not getting back."
Two 3-point baskets from Ramsaran, who came in off the bench, helped the Salukis stay on top in the second period.
In the second half the Salukis upped their lead to 14 when Ryan Kolb scored from inside on a pinpoint pass from Murray, to make the score 41-27. Beecher City then went on an 11-2 run to pull to within five, 43-38 after three quarters.
"It was a game of runs. They came back and made a good run in the first half. I throught we came out in the third quarter and responded," Havill said. "Then they responded with a run. Then in the fourth quarter it was anybody's game."
Beecher City scored the first six points of the fourth period to take a 44-43 lead and kept the momentum to increase its lead to 53-46 midway through the period.
Murray hit three free throws and Ramsaram another 3-pointer to close the gap to 54-52 with 2:19 left.
After a free throw by the Eagles made it 55-52, Murray stole an inbounds pass to pull Red Hill to within one, 55-54, with 1:33 left. Tanner Stoltz then hit a 13-footer for a 56-55 lead after the Salukis forced a turnover.
Three more free throws gave Beecher a 58-56 lead, but Murray tied the game at 58-58 with a shot in the lane with 36 seconds left.
After Beecher City's Brady Barnes, who finished with 29 points on the day, missed two free throws with 15 seconds left, Red Hill took the ball the length of the court with Murray laying the ball off glass with two seconds to play.
The Eagles were not able to get a good final shot.
Murray paced the Salukis with 22 points with Ramsaran getting nine on 3-for-3 from three-point range. Jake Allen also scored nine points.
Red Hill 59, Oblong 47
Similar to the first game, the Salukis jumped out to an early lead. Ramsaran hit a 3-pointer and Kolb scored twice and hit a free throw for an 8-0 lead at the 4:02 mark.
Also, like the first game, the opponent, this time Little Illini Conference foe Oblong, battled back. Red Hill led 14-11 after a quarter before Oblong tied the game at 14-14. Red Hill regained the lead and led 21-18 at halftime.
Oblong (5-5) took a 28-25 lead midway through the third period, but another 3-pointer from Ramsaran and two free throws from Kolb put Red HIll on top 30-28 with 3:14 left in the quarter.
The Panthers grabbed one more lead, 32-30, but the Salukis went on a 10-2 run to take a 40-34 lead after three periods. Red Hill led throughout the fourth quarter gradually extending the lead to 10 in the closing minute.
Stoltz and Murray each hit two free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal Red Hill's second win.
"I thought we played hard. We competed hard. It was probably one of our better performances of the year," Havill said. "It's amazing what a win does for you and your kids. We had actually been there before for once. We came out, and held on to the lead. I thought we executed better than we had all year."
Kolb paced the Salukis with 15 points with Ramsaran getting 13 and Stoltz 11. Ramsaran was 3-for-4 from 3-point land making him 8-for-9 from beyond the arc in three tournament games.
Koert Mehler, a 6-4 senior, paced Oblong with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Salukis fought through second quarter foul trouble which sent three starters, Allen, Ramsaran and Stoltz, to the bench for much of the period.
Tanner Gray, Vinsel, Tristan Holtz and Zach Breault all came off the bench to give the Salukis quality minutes.
"It told the kids going into this tournament, looking at how it's formatted, that we're going to need more than six guys to compete in this tournament," Havill said. "The foul trouble dictated more of that maybe than I wanted. We survived, they (reserves) gave us important minutes. I told the kids after the game, there were some kids that played some heavy minutes the first half and not so much the second half, but we don't even get to the second half without what they did in the first half. I got three kids who got a decent rest, so maybe that was to our advantage."
Red Hill 60,
Beecher City 58
BEECHER CITY (58)
Gardner (g) 2-7 2-2 7, Bales (g) 0-5 3-4 3, Lagerhausen (f) 0-1 0-0 0, Rexroad (f) 1-5 0-0 2, Barnes (c) 12-14 5-9 29, Doty 2-6 4-5 8, Kenter 0-4 2-2 2, Harder 2-7 3-3 7. Totals 19-49 19-25 58.
RED HILL (60)
Allen (f) 3-10 3-4 9, Kolb (c) 3-6 0-0 6, Vinsel (g) 2-4 2-2 6, Stoltz (f) 3-9 0-0 6, Murray (g) 8-16 4-6 22, Gray 1-2 0-0 2, Ramsaran 3-3 0-0 9, Holtz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 9-12 60.
3-point shooting: Beecher City 1-11 (Gardner 1-2, Bales 0-1, Rexroad 0-2, Doty 0-2, Kenter 0-4), Red Hill 5-14 (Allen 0-3, Vinsel 0-1, Stoltz 0-1, Murray 2-5, Ramsaran 3-3, Holtz 0-1). Rebounds: Beecher City 25 (Harder 9, Barnes 7), Red Hill 26 (Stoltz 8, Allen 7). Fouls: Beecher City 11, Red Hill 17. Turnovers: Beecher City 14, Red Hill 15.
Beecher City 6 19 13 20 - 58
Red Hill 20 12 11 17 - 60
`Officials: Jason Wagner, Jim Wagner, Phil Zaccari.
Red Hill 59, Oblong 47
RED HILL (59)
Allen (g) 2-4 2-2 6, Kolb (c) 6-9 3-4 15, Stoltz (f) 4-9 2-4 11, Ramsaran (g) 5-11 0-0 13, Murray (g) 0-7 6-9 6, Holtz 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 2-3 0-0 5, Vinsel 1-4 0-1 3, Breault 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 13-20 59.
Maus (g) 0-2 0-0 0, Browning (g) 1-7 0-3 2, Jacobs (f) 2-11 0-3 4, Mayhew (c) 5-9 0-0 10, Mehler (f) 6-10 3-5 15, Spaeth 3-11 2-2 9 Fear 1-2 0-0 2, Woods 0-2 0-0 0, Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Laino 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 20-59 5-13 47.
3-point shooting: Red HIll 6-13 (Stoltz 1-2, Ramsaran 3-4, Murray 0-2, Gray 1-2, Vinsel 1-3), Oblong 2-16 (Brown 0-4, Jacobs 0-4, Mayhew 0-1, Spaeth 1-5, Laino 1-2). Rebounds: Red Hill 28 (Kolb 9, Ramsaran 6), Oblong 38 (Mehler 14, Jacobs 8). Fouls: Red HIll 15, Oblong 21. Turnovers: Red Hill 14, Oblong 14.
Red Hill 14 7 19 19 - 59
Oblong 11 7 16 13 - 47
Officials: Steve Brookman, Carl Crieg, Dale Mattmiller.