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MEN'S BASKETBALL: The Lake wins War of the Warriors at home
Rend Lake College point guard TeNale Roland hits one of a dozen free-throws he made in the Warriors' 88-74 win over Wabash Valley, Wednesday night in Ina. Roland, who was perfect from the line, led all scorers with 26. Rend Lake, as a team, made 29 of 33 free-throws and had five players score in double figures. CLICK HERE for a larger image.
INA, Ill. – Rend Lake College came out on top 88-74 in Wednesday night’s War of the Warriors with Wabash Valley College in Ina.
Rend Lake, led by point guard TeNale Roland (Louisville) with 26 points, shot an impressive 29 of 33 from the free-throw line and had five of its six scoring players do so in double figures. Kevon Fortney (Mt. Vernon) scored 18, forward Noel Allen (Guttenburg, N.J.) had 15, big man Cody Hanner (Harviell, Mo.) had 11, Dominique Bolden (Chicago) scored 10 and guard Dawson Verhines (Woodlawn) pitched in 8 with a 5-6 performance at the charity stripe where Roland was a perfect 12-12.
“It was a big win,” said RLC Head Coach Randy House.
House hadn’t been with the team since last Friday. Last week, the vehicle in which his two children were riding with their mother was struck head-on by another driver. His daughter suffered a broken leg in the crash and the others were not injured, he said. Despite RLC’s loss to Southwestern Illinois on Saturday, House joked that his team may not even need their coach.
“They just came out and gut checked tonight,” he said. “We played hard and did what we needed to do to win the basketball game. We did the right things at the right times.”
Hanner and Allen had big assignments in Wabash’s 6-9 Jonathan Cathey-Macklin, 6-8 Chasen Campbell, and 6-10, 255-pound Michael Samuels. Campbell and Cathey-Macklin were held to 4 points each and Samuels was held to a single point. RLC guards did a good job of using 6-5 Allen and 6-6 Hanner on the offensive end.
“We are bigger than we were last year, but we are still not big enough,” House said. “We can knock and bang, and they did a fine job. They worked at it. We got good possessions and we got the ball to them. Our big guys are pretty good when they play. They lost their confidence over a couple or three games here in conference play. Maybe tonight is a night they got their confidence back. They are good kids and they play hard. We are pretty balanced inside and out when we go. We just want to continue to get better.”
RLC’s four-game road stretch coming up against Lincoln Trail, Olney Central, McKendree University JV and Lincoln Land should get them nice and ready for the RLC Homecoming game with Southeastern Illinois College on Feb. 22.