INA – Rend Lake College rookies grabbed the postseason spotlight for the Warriors this spring as two freshmen were honored by area college coaches for their performances in the 2007-08 basketball season.
RLC power forward Glendale Moore and finesse forward Brian Gamber, both products of Mt. Vernon Township High School coach Doug Creel, were named to the Great Rivers Athletic Conference’s All-Conference Team. Additionally, Moore made the Region XXIV’s All-Region Team.
Gamber played in 29 regular season games of which he started in 11. He averaged 11 points per game, leading the team with a field goal percentage of just under 56 percent and in total points with 315. Gamber also hit 62 percent from beyond the arc – top among Warriors with more than 10 attempts all season. He also led in the rebounding category, particularly when the Warriors needed the ball back. Of his 165 rebounds, 102 were defensive boards.
He was second in assists (48), free-throw percentage (80), and personal fouls with 54 – a stat he grinned about. He finished third in minutes played (593) and in steals (34).
The 6’6” Gamber said he is just as proud of Moore’s accomplishments as he is of his own. The two have remained friends since playing together in high school and suiting up at Southern Illinois Edwardsville before heading to RLC. Both said their decision to transfer was because they felt the Warriors program was a better fit for now.
“I was really happy for [Moore] when he came back here and had the success that he had,” Gamber said. “He is a great player, a good kid and a good friend of mine.”
The team waited for Moore to hit the floor in January and help out with the second half of the season. He quickly proved to be an offensive weapon, scoring a season-high 32 in his first appearance as a Warrior on Jan. 10 against Wabash Valley. He continued to be a vital player for RLC’s effort into the postseason.
Moore scored 263 points, which is third on the team, despite playing in about half as many games as his fellow Warriors. He averaged a team-high 16 points per game and finished fourth in rebounds with 97, although he led the team with an average six boards each game.
The All-Region XXIV Team consists of Bobby Hill (Lincoln College), Marcus Thomas (Danville), Darnell Lindsey (Lincoln), Breland McKnight, (Illinois Central), Reo Quarles (John Wood), Moore, Travis Davis (ICC), Jonathan Griffin (Shawnee), Gamber, Ronnell Isom (Spoon River), Justin Reynolds (John Wood), John Steen (Lewis and Clark), Tydus Townsend (Parkland).
There was a tie for the 12th spot on the All-Region Team, allowing both Steen and Townsend to make the cut. Region XXIV Player of the Year honors went to Hill of Lincoln College and his coach, BJ McCullum, earned the title of Coach of the Year. The top three vote getters; Hill, Thomas and Lindsey; will be nominated for the NJCAA All American Team.
RLC finished the season with an overall record of 18-14 after losing to eventual runner-up Lincoln College in the semifinal round of the Region XXIV Championship Tournament. As a four-seed in the eight-team tourney, the Warriors overcame John Wood College by 10 points in the opening round before facing Lincoln College on the Lynx’s home turf. RLC scored a season-low 47 in the 18-point loss.
The Warriors finished an even 8-8 in the GRAC.
The GRAC’s Player of the Year is Devron Bostick of Southwestern Illinois College and the Freshman of the Year is Monie Hudson of Southeastern. The GRAC Sportsmanship Award went to John Fischer of Kaskaskia and Coach of the Year is Jay Harrington of SWIC.
Members of the 2008 All-GRAC Team are Robert Glenn (Wabash Valley), Dayvon Ellis (Kaskaskia), Andree Wilson (Southeastern), Brooks Taylor (John A. Logan), Travis Marion (Southeastern), Josh Harrellson (SWIC), Moore, Andre Quarles (Wabash Valley), Chris Hines (SWIC), and Ahmad Grant (Olney Central).