Indians let one slip away on Senior Night against Anna-Jonesboro
Will Woodside hits the floor to get control of a loose ball on Saturday. (Doug Daniels Photos)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
February 11, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - Du Quoin let one slip away Saturday on Senior Night against Anna-Jonesboro, going 2-for-6 at the foul line and coughing up an 8-point lead in the final 5:21 of regulation of their 66-65 overtime loss to the Wildcats.
"We didn't seal the game with rebounds in the fourth quarter, and we didn't make free throws down the stretch," said DHS head coach Justin Barrington. "We were 12-for-22 at the line, we have to do better than that."
Lamontay Daughtery made two free throws with 5:43 to play in the game to give Du Quoin a 51-43 lead, but 14 seconds later, he picked up his fourth personal foul and took a brief rest on the bench. By the time he came back in with 4:02 to go, the Wildcats had cut the lead down to three at 51-48.
A floater by Braeden Pursell got it back to five, but A-J's Sheldon McGrath answered with a three to cut it back down to two.
Du Quoin then led by three following a Daughtery dunk with 1:39 to go, but the Wildcats kept coming. With Anna-Jonesboro down a pair with with under 10 seconds to play, McGrath drove into the lane for a lay-up to send the game into OT, where Daughtery would foul out before scoring.
"He's the best player in the gym and to take him out due to fouls, plus he only made four free throws tonight, that's a tough pill to swallow," Barrington said. "He's got to do better to stay out of foul trouble and we can't panic when he leaves a game."
The Wildcats opened up a five-point lead on two layup and a free throw, then Hank Stewart gave the Indians some hope with a three with 45 seconds to go. After two more A-J free throws, Josh Heape converted a three-point play, and suddenly Du Quoin was back within a point at 66-65.
The Wildcats nearly had a five second violation on the inbounds play, and in an attempt to avoid it, threw the ball away and back to the Indians with 14 seconds remaining. Ashton Smith got a good look on a drive to the bucket, but couldn't get it to fall, and Anna-Jonesboro escaped with the victory, their 20th of the season.
"Our pressure gave us a chance at the end," said Barrington. "We forced the turnover and got the ball back. took a shot from five feet out, it just didn't go down for us. It happens. We just need to bounce back, get back in the gym on Monday. We've still got a lot to build on. We've won four of the last six so we need to get back to work and prepare for Nashville."
Daughtery led DHS with 22 points, Will Woodside had 12, Heape 10, Smith 8, Stewart 5, and Pursell and Shamar Adams each finished with 4.
The Indians (13-14, 4-5) head to Nashville on Friday for their regular season finale, and will travel to Johnston City for the postseason beginning on Wednesday, February 21, when they'll meet the winner of the February 19 matchup between Chester and Johnston City.