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INA, Ill. – The Rend Lake College Warriors are 5-0 overall and 2-0 against Region XXIV opponents after beating the Lincoln Land Community College Loggers, 47-36, Tuesday night at home.
Neither team found the bottom of the net very often in the first half. RLC was up 16-12 going into the locker room and came out to score 31 of its 47 in the second half. The Loggers added 24 second-half points.
The Warriors had control most of the game, but did allow the Loggers to climb back to within nine or 10 with less than five minutes to play. RLC did well shooting at the foul line, hitting five of six free throws down the stretch. Overall, the Warriors were 15-22 from the charity stripe – 63 percent. Surprisingly, the Loggers did not shoot a single free throw in this matchup. RLC committed only three first-half fould and five in the second half.
The inside game looked to be Coach Randy House’s focus for RLC in this one. The Warriors didn’t hit a single shot from long range and were led in scoring by 5-7 point guard Trice Whaley (Jeffersonville, Ind.), who had 10 points. The Loggers made two three pointers late in the game – one by Marcus Graham and the other by Reed Willenborg, who finished with seven and five points, respectively.
RLC showed off its depth with eight players arriving in the scoring column against Lincoln Land. Noel Allen (Guttenburg, N.J.) and Dawson Verhines (Woodlawn) had eight each, and Stephon Bryant and Cortez Macklin, both of Louisville, pitched in seven apiece with Macklin going 5-6 from the free throw line. Montez Buford (Louisville) had three while big men Bronson Verhines (Woodlawn) and Montez Williams (East St. Louis) each pitched in a bucket.
Rend Lake will return from the holiday break to open league play with Great Rivers Athletic Conference opponent Lake Land College at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 28, in Mattoon. The Warriors will head to Millikin University on Nov. 30 to play its junior varsity squad. The next home game is Saturday, Dec. 1, against conference foe Lincoln Trail. Tip-off for that game is set for 3 p.m.
For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.
Men’s College Basketball
Lincoln Land Community College Loggers (LLCC)
at Rend Lake College (RLC)
LLCC 31 (12-24) – Graham 3 0-0 7, Wohltman 4 0-0 8, Lowe 1 0-0 2, Dean 3 0-0 6, Cunningham 4 0-0 8, Willenborg 2 0-0 5.
RLC 47 (16-31) – Whaley 3 4-4 10, Bryant 3 1-2 7, Allen 3 2-4 8, D. Verhines 3 2-4 8, Macklin 1 5-6 7, Buford 1 1-2 3, B. Verhines 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2.
Free-throws - LLCC 0-0, RLC 15-22. 3-pointers - LLCC 2 (Graham, Willenborg), RLC 0. Fouls - LLCC 16, RLC 8. Technical fouls – none.