Indians hang on at Hamilton County, 45-42

Lamontay Daughtery had a double-double at Hamilton County, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.. (David Hill photo)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

January 9, 2018

  (McLeansboro, Ill.) - The Indians had a little trouble putting the Foxes away on Tuesday night, but Braeden Pursell got a big steal and a rebound in the final 17 seconds of the game to help Du Quoin hang on for a 45-42 win at Hamilton County to bring their season record back to the .500 mark.
  "We missed some free throws down the stretch that we normally would hit," said DHS head coach Justin Barrington. "They got the ball inside a couple of times and scored, made some shots over our guys, but we handled the ball, moved the ball, got the ball where we needed it to go. We got two big defensive stops in the last 20 seconds."
  A three-point play by Will Woodside late in the third quarter gave the Indians their biggest lead of the night at 37-27, but with 5:35 to go in the ball game, a three-point play for Hamilton County's Garrett Webb trimmed the lead down to four at 40-36.
  Du Quoin's Lamontay Daughtery stuck back his own miss moments later to restore a six-point advantage, but buckets from Foxes Zacariah Weaver and Robbie Morgan had Hamilton County within three with three minutes to play.
  Du Quoin had some chances to put the game away at the free throw line, but went just 3-for-9 there in the final period. After two misses at the line for the Indians with under 30 seconds to go, Hamilton County's Matt Rubenacker made one and the bonus with 22 seconds left, and suddenly the Foxes trailed by just a pair.

  A turnover by the Indians gave Ham-Co a chance to tie or take the lead, but Pursell came up with a steal and was sent to the line with 11 seconds on the clock. The sophomore made one of two, then rebounded a missed three-pointer by the Foxes just before time expired to seal the win for Du Quoin.
  Daughtery avoided foul trouble and posted a double-double to lead the Indians with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
  "His mere presence on defense causes so much trouble for the other team," Barrington said. "Offensively there's got to be two, sometimes three guys around him when he catches the basketball. Those are the things that, when he's on the floor, that's a major advantage for us. Tonight was no different, when he got the ball, they swarmed him, but he scored or he got the ball back out and other guys had the opportunity to put the ball in the hoop."
  Will Woodside also had a big night for Du Quoin, scoring 8 points and swiping 5 steals on defense.
  "Will Woodside was all over the place tonight," Barrington said. "He had probably 6 or 7 deflections, he had very active hands tonight. Our perimeter pressure really bothered them tonight and made them start further out than they wanted to. When you can hold a team to 42 points on the road, good things are going to happen for you."
  Pursell added 8 points for DHS, Ashton Smith had 4, Josh Heape 3 and Hank Stewart 2.
  Du Quoin (8-8) welcomes the Nashville Hornets to Anders Gymnasium this Friday night before traveling to Trico on Saturday.

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