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1/20/2014 12:44:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Indians stun Little Illini leader Newton, 59-53
NEWTON - Newton will enter next week's Little Illini Conference as the No. 1 seed.

But after what happened here Friday night, it's likely the Eagles will no longer be considered the favorite.

After losing twice in overtime against quality opposition last weekend, Lawrenceville High School's basketball team completed the upset against the Eagles, holding on for a 59-53 Little Illini Conference victory.

The Indians (5-10, 2-2 LIC) have now won consecutive games for the first time this season. The loss dropped the Eagles to 15-2 on the season and 5-1 in the conference.

"This is the biggest win (in the two years I've been here)," said LHS coach Randy Bishop, whose team held leads of 17-13, 30-24 and 40-36 at the quarter stops. "It's a nice win against a good coach and a good team. I haven't been in this gym in 10 years, but I've played a lot of sectional games in here. I told the kids it's a special night, to come in here and win on their home floor. Tonight we did it twice, because the JV won, too."

Senior Brandt Cochran topped the Tribe with 20 points, including two 3-point baskets in each of the first two quarters. Cochran was also perfect in four trips to the foul stripe.

LHS got a big lift from junior John Barnes, who was in the starting lineup due to the absence of teammate Cody Steffey, who missed the game with the flu.

Barnes, who hit six of eight shots from the floor and five of eight from the foul line, added a career-high 17 points. Nine of those points came after halftime.

"John Barnes played the game of his life tonight," Bishop said. "(Cody) Steffey had the flu and (Barnes) had to step in and play for him."

Lucas Stone paced three Eagles in double figures with 16 points. Lucas Huston muscled his way to 14, while Caleb Chestnut added 10.

There were four lead changes early in the game, until the Indians took control with a 12-point run that spanned the first two quarters.

The Tribe led by as many as nine points in the first half and by as many as 10 in the second before the Eagles worked their way back into things.

Chestnut hit three times from the foul stripe with 1.3 seconds to play in the third period, bringing his team to within 40-36 at the stop.

The fourth quarter was frantic, with five lead changes and four ties, before the Indians closed the game on a 7-1 run.

Cochran's driving basket gave LHS a 51-49 lead with less than three minutes to play.

Newton sophomore Brock Mammoser countered with a 3-pointer to give his team the lead for the final time, 52-51.

Barnes tied the game by hitting the second of two foul shots with 2:05 to go, before Harry Loeb's driving basket with a minute remaining put LHS on top for good.

After a Newton miss, Jordan Shick's two free throws extended the margin to 56-53 with 42 seconds left.

Chestnut misfired on a 3-pointer to tie, and Cochran sank two more from the stripe for a 58-52 lead. Loeb's free toss with 19 seconds to play accounted for the final margin.

Bishop said the win will give the Indians a shot of confidence entering a busy stretch of games.

"I think we're pretty good, but we've just had some bad breaks with some young kids," he said. "We're getting better every week. We just beat the No. 1 seed (in the LIC Tournament). I'm really proud of my kids and how hard they played."

The Indians will travel to Marshall Tuesday before hosting Casey Thursday in a makeup game. They'll play Edwards County to open play in the LIC Tournament on Friday at Flora, and could possibly face Marshall again in quarterfinal action the following day.

The Indians survived in Friday's junior varsity game, 43-41. Ben Schultz topped the Indians with 22 points in the win.

Lawrenceville 59,

Newton 53


Cochran (g) 6-12 4-4 20, Barnes (c) 6-8 5-8 17, Shick (f) 2-6 3-3 8, Loeb (f) 3-7 1-2 7, Winningham (g) 2-4 0-0 5, Benson 1-1 0-0 2, Volkman 0-0 0-0 0, Wanke 0-1 0-0 0, Mahrenholz 0-0 0-0 0, Sholders 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-39 13-17 69.


Stone (f) 6-13 4-8 16, Huston (c) 6-10 2-3 14, Chestnut (g) 3-7 3-3 10, Pickens (f) 2-7 2-2 6, Mammoser (g) 1-8 1-2 4, Barke 1-3 1-1 3, Workman 0-2 0-0 0, Jansen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-50 13-19 53.

3-point shooting: Lawrenceville 6-11 (Winningham 1-2, Loeb 0-2, Shick 1-1, Cochran 4-6), Newton 2-14 (Mammoser 1-5, Chestnut 1-3, Pickens 0-3, Stone 0-2, Barke 0-1). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 20 (Benson 5), Newton 18 (Stone 6, Huston 6). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 21, Newton 22. Fouls: Lawrenceville 19, Newton 22. Fouled out: Mammoser (2:05, 4th qtr.)

Lawrenceville 17 13 10 19 - 59

Newton 13 9 12 17 - 53

Officials: Jay Miller, Brent Garrison, Jeff Copple. Junior varsity: Lawrenceville 43 (Ben Schultz 22), Newton 41.


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