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QUINCY, Ill. (March 4, 2013) - After finishing the regular season 24-3 and winning the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Championship, the Rend Lake College Warriors basketball team has been labelled the team to beat at the Region XXIV Tournament, March 8-10, at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill.
The Warriors are ranked #1 in the tournament and get an opening-round bye on Friday. RLC will play at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, against the winner of #4 Illinois Central College (15-14) and #5 Lincoln College (17-12). If RLC wins, it would play for the Region XXIV Championship at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The winner of the region will play in the national championship tournament, March 19-23, at Danville Area Community College.
DACC (#2, 26-3) plays Lincoln Land Community College (#7, 15-14) at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by John Wood (#3, 20-8) and Parkland College (#6, 17-11). A 3 p.m. tip off between the winners of those games is scheduled for Saturday.
RLC closed out its regular season by winning 16 of its last 17 games. It finished 24-3 overall, 14-2 in the GRAC, 10-1 at home, and 14-2 on the road.
The Warriors averaged 80 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field. It shot 33.7 percent from three point range and nearly 70 percent from the free throw line. Rend Lake ranks fifth in the nation in free throws made. The team also averaged 40.5 rebounds per game and 13 assists. The defense allowed an average 55 points per game, meaning the Warriors outscored its opponent by 25 on average. More team stats ...
RLC is led in scoring by freshman guard Cortez Macklin (Louisville, Ky.) at 13.7 points per game. His regular season high was 28 in the opener. Macklin's average, while a team high, only ranks 147th in the nation. Where the Warriors win, is from the bench.
Head Coach Randy House has talked all season long about his team's depth. He has 14 players to choose from and each one could start on any given night. Four more players average just under 10 a game while another four pitch in more than five each outing. Nine players average three or more rebounds and the team logs four blocks each game. Sophomore Bronson Verhines (Woodlawn, Ill.) leads the team in both categories with eight rebounds and two blocks per game. More player stats ...
|4||Dennis Froemling||So||G||5-10||165||Campbell Hill, IL|
|5||Trice Whaley||Fr||PG||5-7||150||Jeffersonville, IN|
|10||Corey Ayala||Fr (RS)||G||6-1||175||Metropolis, IL|
|12||Jesse Smith||So||PG||6-0||160||Campbell Hill, IL|
|20||Stephon Bryant||Fr||PG||6-1||175||Louisville, KY|
|21||Noel Allen||So||F||6-5||220||Guttenburg, NJ|
|22||Jeril Taylor||Fr||G||6-4||180||Louisville, KY|
|24||Dawson Verhines||So||G||6-3||205||Woodlawn, IL|
|30||Cortez Macklin||Fr||G||6-3||175||Louisville, KY|
|32||Montez Buford||Fr||F||6-4||200||Louisville, KY|
|34||Alonzo Singletary||Fr||G/F||6-4||185||Chicago, IL|
|40||Antoine Buchanon||Fr||F||6-5||190||Middleton, WI|
|42||Bronson Verhines||So||F||6-7||210||Woodlawn, IL|
|00||Montez Williams||Fr||C||6-7||220||East. St. Louis, IL|