Indians back at .500 mark after road win over West Frankfort
Lamontay Daughtery throws down a dunk for 2 of his 18 points at West Frankfort. (Doug Daniels Photos and Video)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
January 31, 2018
(West Frankfort, Ill.) - Du Quoin grabbed a road win over West Frankfort on Tuesday night, 67-52, with three Indians finishing the game in double figures. It was the third straight victory for DHS, evening their record on the season at 12-12.
"To hold a team to 27 points through three quarters, we'll take that anytime, especially on the road," said DHS head coach Justin Barrington. "I thought our guys played very good help defense tonight the first three quarters, and I thought we moved the basketball very well. Almost all of our points tonight were off of assists, and that was very nice to see, the guys sharing the basketball. Our guys didn't take contested shots either, they took good shots. There were a couple of times we passed up a good shot to get a great shot, that's showing some signs of maturity on the offensive end with our ball club."
The Indians wasted no time in building a big lead, hitting four three pointers in a 23-9 opening quarter. Two triples came from Braeden Pursell, and one apiece from Lamontay Daughtery and Josh Heape.
Du Quoin's defense took over in the second quarter, where they held the Redbirds to just five points while continuing to add to their lead. Daughtery missed some time with foul trouble, but Pursell picked up the slack with five points in the quarter as the Indians headed into the break up 35-14.
The second half was mostly a formality, with Daughtery adding to his totals with 9 points in the third quarter, including a monster dunk on a breakaway that made it 52-24 with under a minute to go in the period.
"We played really well in the half court tonight," said Barrington. "Our zone pressure and our zones have been really effective the last few games, so it was nice to see us get out in man-to-man and really cause them some trouble running their offense. The first three quarters, I thought that was the best man-to-man defense we've played in a long time. They didn't get the shots they wanted. We were able to hedge very well on screens tonight. The guys have really done a nice job the past few days at practice working on that."
Daughtery led the scoring with 18 points, Pursell and Heape each had 11, and Will Woodside just missed double figures with 9. Westly Milam finished with 6 points, Ashton Smith 5, Eliot Gross 3, and Hank Stewart and Shamar Adams had 2 apiece.
Du Quoin (12-12, 3-3) travels to Pinckneyville on Saturday night to face the No. 3 ranked Panthers in conference action.
"We know what lies ahead," Barrington said. "We know we've got a very difficult game Saturday night. We're playing pretty good basketball right now, and Saturday will be a very hard test for us, but it will be nice also to see where we've progressed as a team and continue to move forward. We want to play good basketball in February, and February starts Thursday. We're excited about where we're at right now. The game is starting to slow down for some of our guys, in a good way. We're not getting in a hurry too much, we're moving the basketball, and good looks are turning into great looks for our ball club."