Indians win second straight, even up conference record with win over Lions

Shamar Adams was one of 7 Indians with at least 4 points on Friday night. (David Hill Photos)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

January 28, 2018

  (Du Quoin, Ill.) - Du Quoin got off to a slow start in Friday night's home game against Carterville, but the Indians owned the middle quarters of the game and evened their SIRR Conference Mississippi Division record at 3-3 by defeating the Lions 61-50.
  Carterville was in command up 19-7 near the end of the first quarter when Lamontay Daughtery hit a three to cut the lead to nine heading to the second quarter. That three ball also started an incredible run for the Indians, who would outscore the Lions 41-17 over a span of 18 minutes of game action to take control.
  "First quarter we came out flat, and they took full advantage of it," said DHS head coach Justin Barrington. "They had a 9-point lead after one, then in the middle quarters we outscored them 36-17, and that was the difference in the game. Anytime you can give up 17 points in two quarters, you'll take that defensively. Our pressure in the second and third quarter really bothered them, and that's what we've got to have out of our guys."
  "The 50/50 balls that were going to them in the first quarter went to us in the second and third quarters. That's how we've got to play, that's what type of team we've got to be."
  Things did get a little interesting towards the end of the ball game, however, when Daughtery was called for offensive goaltending and a technical foul for hanging on the rim on an attempted slam dunk that would have put the Indians up by a dozen with under two minutes to play.
  Instead, Carterville sank both free throws, then scored on the possession they were awarded on the technical, and suddenly it was a two-possession game at 56-50 with 1:29 remaining.

  But Du Quoin would quiet the storm as Josh Heape sank a jumper and a free throw, then Daughtery added a pair at the line with 22 seconds left to put the Lions away.
  Daughtery led the Indians with 16 points, followed by Braeden Pursell with 13, Will Woodside 9, Hank Stewart and Shamar Adams each with 6, Heape and Eliot Gross each with 4, Ashton Smith 2 and Klayton Donoghue 1.
  "The nice thing was we had guys step up and hit shots on the perimeter," Barrington said. "We had four different guys hit three-pointers, and that helps space the floor around (Daughtery). We got things moving offensively. We had 61 points, and if you can score like that you usually can win. 50 has been our magic number defensively all season, and we were able to hold them to 50 after giving up 19 in the first eight minutes."
  "We've got to keep getting better, but I like where we're at right now. Offensively, we're scoring the basketball. If we can start getting our defensive stops where we want to be, I'm excited about where we can get in the next couple weeks."
  The Indians (11-12, 3-3) hit the road on Tuesday night to take on West Frankfort, then travel to Pinckneyville to meet the No. 2 team in Class 2A, the Panthers, on Saturday.

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