The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

March 20, 2013

Rend Lake runs over Cecil

DANVILLE —  There should have been no worry in the minds of the Rend Lake Warriors. A 12-point lead at halftime against a Cecil College Seahawks team that was beginning to see their once hot shooting go cold should have been enough.

But the Warriors knew better. They had seen teams comeback against them previously this season. In fact, it happened on the exact same floor against the Danville Area Community College Jaguars, and the Warriors were determined to prevent it from happening again.

Fortunately, Rend Lake coach Randy House called a time out early in the second half, just in time to slow Cecil College’s momentum, and turn a potential Seahawks comeback into a 98-75 win.

Cecil College started the second half on a 6-0 run to pull within 49-43 when House called the time out, but no magical message was delivered, simply a reminder of what had happened in the past.

“There were a few magic words, if you know what I mean,” Rend Lake sophomore forward Bronson Verhines said. “We have a tendency to do that. We get a lead in the first half, and then we come out in the second half and we always have to make a run.

“In fact, we did that when we played Danville at Danville. We were up 14 at the half, and they came out and it was seriously like a 20-0 run in the second half and they ended up winning that game. That was one of our three losses. We definitely don’t want to do that again. We have that tendency. We called a time out, calmed us down a little bit and we got under control. We got a little bit of momentum in our favor, and it worked out alright.”

The Warriors responded by going on a 13-3 run to again extend their lead to seven points, and by the five minute, 45 second mark of the second half, had built a 27-point advantage.

Much of Rend Lake’s success came on the glass where the Warriors ourebounded the Seahawks 61-35.Verhines had a game-high 15 boards including eight on the offensive glass, paving the way to his game-high 18 points.

“We watched a little film on them and thought we could be aggressive on the glass,” House said. “The thing of it is, we’ve been aggressive on the glass all year. We’ve out-rebounded our opponents just about every game. I think there was one or two games where we did not out-rebound our opponents. When you get 26 more than they do, that’s going to give you some opportunities.”

Cecil College coach LeShawn Hammett knew well in advance that rebounding might be an issue, and even made a point to mention it in the pregame meeting. Despite his team’s efforts, the Warriors won not only the rebounding battle, but the war that was the opening round of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

“One of the things we talked about tonight in the pregame was second-chance points,” Hammett said. “We wanted to limit them to one possession, and they won the rebounding game.

“It was kind of like a boxing match,” he added. “Once they started winning, they started jabbing us off until it was time to lay the final blow.”

Motez Buford scored 15 points for Rend Lake while Cortez Macklin (13), Dawson Verhines (12, and Noel Allen (10) also reached double figures for the Warriors.

Donte Adams was Cecil College’s leading scorer with 24 points and Amadius Der-weer added 22.. Charles Burley finished with a game-high 13 assists.

The Seahawks will attempt to rebound in Thursday’s 9 a.m. game against Phoenix College while the Warriors battle against South Suburban tonight at 8 p.m.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT- CN0723- Dans photo 2 Thurston gets first win DANVILLE — Getting those Ws is the goal of every pitcher.Danville’s Chase Thurston has been seeking his first collegiate victory all year. The former Danville High standout finally got it on Tuesday night when the Danville Dans defeated the Springfie

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0723 - Dustbowl photo 1 Shooting Stars sprint past MB Squad DANVILLE —Tuesday’s action from the Dustbowl at the David S. Palmer Arena featured two games in the Girls High School Division with two local teams — MB Squad and Shooting Stars — squaring off in round-robin play to advance to Sunday’s championship.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pitching boosts Speakers CHARLESTON — The Danville Post 210 Speakers’ pitching is coming along at the right time.With strong performances from Austin Millholland and Dalton Strawser, the Speakers defeated Piatt County 5-1 to move on in the Fourth Division Tournament.“The sto

    July 23, 2014

  • SPT - CN0722 - Post 210 Baseball photo 1 Speakers stay alive TILTON — Danville Post 210 baseball got their revenge Sunday afternoon and did it in style. After losing to Shelby County in the Fourth Division Tournament opener on Saturday, Danville had to win two games on Sunday if they wanted to advance and keep

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0722 - VCS photo Youth gets served at VCS Fan Appreciation Night OAKWOOD — The Vermilion County Speedway Fan Appreciation Night was more a spotlight for the youth on and off the track.While kids in the stands had bike races and decided the order for racers in certain feature races, there was a bunch of kids going

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Roundup: Dans drop third straight SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Ninth-inning rallies are becoming the norm for the Danville Dans.Unfortunately, all three of the comebacks have failed to produce a victory.On Monday night, Danville shortstop Matt Henderson delivered a two-run single in the ninth

    July 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided TODAYBasketballDustbowl at Palmer ArenaLegion BaseballFourth Division Tournament at Charleston: Danville Post 210 Speakers vs. Piatt County, 7:15 p.m.Prospect League BaseballSpringfield Sliders at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.TennisGreater Danville Open a

    July 22, 2014

  • Legion Baseball Galnce LEGION BASEBALLIllinois Fourth Division TournamentSaturday, July 19 scoresAt CharlestonGame 1 — Mattoon 14, Charleston 4Game 2 — Piatt County 14, Paris 0At DanvilleGame 3 — Rantoul 10, Lincoln 1Game 4 — Shelby County 1, Danville 0Sunday, July 20 scor

    July 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided LocalAUTO RACINGFrom SundayAt Vermilion County SpeedwayUMP Modifieds1. Randy Lines2. Devin Gilpin3. Jamie Lomax4. Chad Evans5. Roger Cary6. Kevin Gummere7. Don Kiger8. Denny Schwartz9. Kenny Carmichael10. Slater Blickensderfer11. Neil Rollins12. Bria

    July 22, 2014

  • Local golf and tennis scores LOCAL GOLFHarrison Park OpenFinal resultsChampionship FlightKeenan 71-69 — 140Cunningham 68-75 — 143Enos 73-75 — 148Standwich 75-78 — 153M.Hansgen 77-76 — 153Cross 76-78 — 154Rowe 77-77 — 154First flightMasterman 80-73 — 153Millis 79-76 — 155Gallez 8

    July 22, 2014

E-edition
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014


Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'