Late surge lifts Indians over Madison at Okawville Tournament

Du Quoin's Ashton Smith drives to the bucket against Madison. (Doug Daniels Photos)

By Doug Daniels /

January 16, 2018

  (Okawville, Ill.) - Lamontay Daughtery scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and 19 for the game to help propel Du Quoin past Madison 60-56 on Monday night in the opening game of the 2018 Okawville Boys Mid-Winter Classic Basketball Invitational.
  The Trojans took a two-point lead on a three-pointer by Camron Jamison with 6:40 remaining in the game, but the Indians would outscore Madison 14-3 over the next five minutes and hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to put it away.
  Daughtery, who was in foul trouble for most of the first three periods, started the run with a reverse layup on the baseline, then buried a three a minute later to give DHS a 48-45 lead. Daughtery continued to torment the Trojans, also tipping in a miss, hitting a step-back jumper, and putting in two free throws during the crucial spurt for Du Quoin.
  "When Tay got back in after his third foul, he dominated the fourth quarter of the game," said DHS head coach Justin Barrington. "He had 13 of his 19 in the fourth quarter, he had five or six rebounds. Josh (Heape) handled the ball well, Braeden (Pursell) handled the ball well. Will (Woodside), again tonight he didn't do the things you'll see in the box score, but he had four or five deflections again. Brian (Winters), Klayton (Donoghue), Eliot (Gross) and Ashton (Smith) all off the bench, we had good, quality minutes out of everybody."

  A Hank Stewart three-pointer gave Du Quoin a 17-12 lead at the end of the first period, and the Indians had extended that advantage to eight points with 2:41 left in the half when Josh Heape stuck back a rebound and was fouled, then completed the three point play to make it 28-20.
  A 6-0 run by Madison cut the lead to two before Stewart beat the Trojans back on defense for an easy bucket with just over a minute to go for the final bucket of the second quarter, and Du Quoin led 30-26 at the break.
Daughtery picked up his third personal foul just twelve seconds into the third quarter, but the rest of the Indians were prepared to pick up the slack in his absence. Heape hit a three, and Ashton Smith beat the press for two with 7:05 to go in the period as the lead swelled back to eight at 35-27.
  "We righted the ship, we moved the basketball, we ran our flex, and good things happened for us," said Barrington. "I thought, defensively, we were really active. We weren't necessarily getting steals, but we were getting deflections and pushing them a little further out than they wanted to be. They wanted to run their offense inside the three-point line. I thought we did a good job of making them keep the ball outside of the lane tonight, limiting their penetration. Good things happened tonight when the ball went up, we actually went and rebounded tonight. That was one of our better rebounding performances that we've had in a while."
  Madison charged back to tie with a minute to go in the quarter, and then took the lead only briefly in the fourth before Du Quoin's late rally gave them their ninth victory of the season.
  "Tonight we were able to make plays down the stretch in order to sustain our lead and get out of here with a victory," said Barrington. "I felt like that was a good overall team victory. Hank and Ashton did a good job on Jamison, he had to work for every point he scored."
  Pursell complemented Daughtery's 19-point performance with 15 of his own. Heape made it three Indians in double figures, finishing with 11. Smith, Stewart and Woodside each finished with 5 points.
  Up next for Du Quoin (9-9) is a rematch with the Wesclin Warriors, who just barely got past the Indians back in December in the semifinals of the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in Pinckneyville.
  "Wesclin is going to shoot a lot of threes," Barrington said. "We understand there's going to be a stretch during the game where they're going to hit 3 or 4 in a row, but we've got to handle those stretches and continue to contest shots and make sure they're working for all their points. We know they've got five guys that can score in double figures. We're excited about the opportunity to play them again. It was a good game over at Pinckneyville, a couple plays here or there and we may have come out on top. Our kids are excited about it."
  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Okawville High School.


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