INA, Ill. (Nov. 22, 2016) - Rend Lake College’s hardwood teams were on the court Tuesday night, taking on Parkland College in the James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium.
In men’s action, a 44-23 halftime lead morphed into a nail-biter as the Warriors needed a buzzer-beater triple from Nick Marlo (Sesser) to send the game into overtime. From there, a tired team was able to outlast the Cobras, winning by a final score of 96-95.
“The second half, they went zone and we went stagnant,” explained Warrior’s Head Coach Randy House. “We got the lead in the first half by playing hard and aggressive. We were getting to the rim, kicking the ball out and hitting threes, and that fed the post. Second half they switch to zone, and we started just standing around. We would let the shot clock run down and then try to force one up.”
“We were fortunate to stay in the game. Fortunately we had the lead we did. It came down to Nick hitting a shot to send it to overtime. Luckily, that was about exactly how we drew that play up. We were tired. We’ve got to learn to put at least 35 minutes together instead of just 20.”
Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) led scoring for Rend Lake with 29 points. Adrian Smith (Aurora) contributed 14 to the cause. Kenneth Berry (Granite City) and Anton Ivy (Peoria) both netted 13. Tim Dunn (Lexington, Ky.) came in clutch of the bench during the overtime, hitting a three-pointer. Marlo netted nine. Wayne Ward (Chicago) ended the night with six points. Chris McCraw (Louisville, Ky.) scored seven, and Will Presson (Belleville) put two.
With the win, Rend Lake moves to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
On the Lady Warriors side of the ball, both teams battled neck-and-neck with Rend Lake managing to scrape out a 39-34 lead going into the half. But, Parkland’s women surged in the closing minutes and refused the reliquesh the lead, felling the Lady Warriors 87-82 on their home opener.
Rend Lake women’s scoring was led by Cali Carney (Benton) with 23 points. Mikki O’Neal (Bloomington) had 11 points. Paetyn Hays (Mt. Vernon) scored three. Remi Jones (Louisville, Ky.) netted 19. Paige Rich (Johnston City) scored five. Kennedy Prince (Rock Island) scored 13. Kaylea Polter (Bluford) put up a pair. Brianna Smith (Fort Campbell, Ky.) scored three, and Achsah Greer (Carbondale) rounded out scoring with three.
The Warriors return to action after the Thanksgiving break, hosting John A. Logan College. Women tipoff at 5:30 p.m. and the men have a 7:30 p.m. start time.