Indians get to Gold Bracket, finish 4th at Duster Thomas Hoops Classic
Lamontay Daughtery was named to the All-Tournament team at the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic. (Doug Daniels photo/video)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
December 31, 2017
(Pinckneyville, Ill.) - Du Quoin played their way into the championship bracket at the 2017 Duster Thomas Hoops Classic, but suffered a heartbreaking loss to Wesclin in the semifinals before getting thumped by tournament host Pinckneyville in the third place game.
"We wanted to get in the gold bracket, we did that," said DHS head coach Justin Barrington. "We had a tough game with Jerseyville (Friday) afternoon. We won comfortably last night. One or two plays go our way (against Wesclin) and we're playing (in the championship) instead of watching. Those are mistakes we're going to grow from and fix so next time we're in that position we'll be ready to finish the job."
The Indians' 49-42 win over Jerseyville on Friday afternoon was their biggest of the two-day event, as the Class 3A Panthers (the Jerseyville Panthers, that is) sport an enrollment roughly twice the size of Class 2A Du Quoin High School.
DHS trailed by six at halftime and by eight moments into the third quarter, but a 12-0 run by the Indians put them out in front for the first time with Braeden Pursell's three-pointer with 3:30 to go in the quarter making it 30-26 Du Quoin. Jerseyville's Kurt Hall would later beat the buzzer to make it a one-point game heading to the fourth.
Du Quoin's Lamontay Daughtery, who was later named to the All-Tournament Team, started the scoring in the final period with a slam dunk before picking up his fourth personal foul with 5:36 to play. Daughtery was able to stay in the game, however, and the Indians maintained a small advantage on the scoreboard before making just enough free throws to pull away at the end. DHS was 14-of-27 at the line for the game.
"We didn't show free throws well all weekend," Barrington said. "We came in shooting 60-something percent as a team, but I don't think we shot 50% this weekend."
Daughtery led three Indians in double figures with 16 points while adding 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists and a blocked shot. Pursell and Josh Heape each added 10 points, Ashton Smith 6, Will Woodside 5 and Hank Stewart 2.
Later Friday night, Du Quoin took on nearby Elverado and cruised to a 58-35 victory, outscoring the Falcons in each quarter except the third, where EHS was able to trim a 34-15 halftime deficit down to 13 before the Indians again extended their lead in the fourth quarter.
Daughtery was a monster on the boards, grabbing 18 rebounds to go along with his 14 points and 3 blocked shots. Pursell also finished with 14 points, Heape had 11, Woodside 6, Smith 5, and Stewart, Carson Davis, Kadin Mays and Klayton Donoghue each had 2.
Those two wins propelled Du Quoin into the "Gold" championship bracket at the DTHC, where they met up with Wesclin (Trenton) in the semifinals. After trailing by as many as 16 points, the Indians fought all the way back to within a point in the closing moments of the game and had a chance to take the lead after a pair of missed free throws by Wesclin with 14 seconds to go.
It wasn't meant to be, however, as a pass slipped through the fingertips of Daughtery and out of bounds with 6 seconds remaining, and Wesclin's Nate Brede sank two free throws at the other end. Du Quoin missed a last-second three-point attempt, and the game ended with the Warriors moving on to the championship with a 47-44 victory.
Wesclin led 35-19 early in the third quarter before the Indians came to life. Pursell's three with 17 seconds left in the period completed a 15-3 run for Du Quoin and sent them to the fourth quarter with all the momentum.
But every time the Indians made a push, the Warriors did just enough to stay ahead. Daughtery made one of two free throws with 2:05 to play to make it 45-44 Wesclin, but then missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with 16 seconds to go that would have tied and perhaps given Du Quoin the lead.
Daughtery again led the Indians in scoring with 15 points, Heape and Pursell each added 8, Stewart and Smith both had 4, Woodside 3 and Donoghue 2.
The Indians didn't have enough gas left in the tank to keep pace with Pinckneyville in the third place game, and it didn't help that the Panthers were no doubt hungry after suffering their first loss of the season earlier in the day to eventual tournament winner Benton. PCHS scored early, and scored often, running away for a 72-45 victory and limiting Daughtery to just a single shot attempt.
"He was on the ground more than he was on his feet," Barrington said. "(Pinckneyville is) really physical inside, knees and elbows in the back of (Daughtery). We've just got to get him deeper. Anybody that watched the game will see it. We've got to get him deeper."
"When they're pushing him out, we can't let him push him off the block. That's two games in a row at the beginning of the game that we haven't handled their pressure well. After about the first three minutes, just like the other night, we handled it. We've got to do that from the tip."
Pursell had 12 points to lead the Indians against Pinckneyville, Stewart added 10, Woodside 9, Smith 6, Heape and Daughtery had 3 apiece, and Davis finished with 2.
"We had some turnovers, missed free throws," Barrington said. "Those are things, when you get tired, you've got to push through that. Use our legs, get our elbows above our eyebrows, and finish them."
Du Quoin played the tournament without the services of their top on-ball defender, Shamar Adams, who is still in a walking boot. Barrington hopes the team can get him back in action in 4-6 weeks.
The Indians (7-7) resume conference play this Friday night when they travel to Anna-Jonesboro.
2017 Duster Thomas Hoops Classic
@ Pinckneyville Community High School
December 29 & 30
Pool A: Pinckneyville, Olney, Roxana
Pool B: Benton, Cissna Park, Greenville
Pool C: Wesclin, Carterville, Trico
Pool D: Jerseyville, Du Quoin, Elverado
Wesclin 68, Trico 43
Pinckneyville 61, Roxana 14
Cissna Park 58, Greenville 49
Jerseyville 82, Elverado 43
Olney 61, Roxana 44
Wesclin 44, Carterville 26
Du Quoin 49, Jerseyville 42
Benton 39, Cissna Park 38
Pinckneyville 66, Olney 54
Carterville 70, Trico 59
Benton 47, Greenville 32
Du Quoin 58, Elverado 35
Greenville 44, Roxana 29
Trico 64, Elverado 31
11th Place: Roxana 60, Elverado 55
9th Place: Greenville 71, Trico 52
Cissna Park 40, Olney 38
Jerseyville 65, Carterville 34
7th Place: Olney 42, Carterville 33
5th Place: Jerseyville 35, Cissna Park 23
Benton 51, Pinckneyville 41
Wesclin 47, Du Quoin 44
3rd Place: Pinckneyville 72, Du Quoin 45
Championship: Benton 41, Wesclin 28
MVP - Parker Williams, Benton
Nate Brede, Wesclin
Brandon Courtney, Wesclin
Lamontay Daughtery, Du Quoin
Grant Jausel, Pinckneyville
Kyle Luke, Pinckneyville
Christian Stadeli, Cissna Park
Mick Stevens, Wesclin
Blake Wittman, Jerseyville
Gehrig Wynn, Benton