Jausel torches Devils, Panthers beat Sesser-Valier 64-35 at B.I.T.

Devin Kitchen buries a three-pointer as the Panthers' bench looks on. (Doug Daniels Photos)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / pinckneyvillesports.com

January 18, 2018

  (Benton, Ill.) - Sesser-Valier gave the Panthers a fight for eight minutes, but from the second quarter on, Pinckneyville was in total control of Wednesday's night's game on day two of the Benton Invitational Tournament, handing the Red Devils a 64-35 loss at Rich Herrin Gymnasium.
  Some early foul trouble may have hindered the Panthers' ability to pull away, as they led 17-14 after the opening quarter. But PCHS scored the first six points of the second quarter, and a three-point play by Grant Jausel with 3:19 to go in the half put Pinckneyville up ten at 26-16.
  With just under two minutes to go in the second period, Jausel again converted a three-point play on a stick-back bucket, then two Kyle Kreger free throws in the closing seconds gave the Panthers a 33-22 edge at the break.

  The third quarter is where things began to unravel for Sesser-Valier. Again, the first six points of the period went to the Panthers - four by Jausel, who would finish the night with a game-high 26 points. His two free throws with 2:55 left in the period also started a 12-0 run to close out the quarter, a spurt that included PCHS's only two three-pointers of the night, one from J.C. Moll, the other from Devin Kitchen.
  The Panthers finished the game just 2-for-11 from downtown, but were efficient inside the arc, where they made 24-of-43 shot attempts (56%). PCHS also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Devils 32-18 including 15 offensive rebounds, 4 of them by Jausel, who shared the overall rebounding lead with teammates Tanner Spihlmann and Kyle Luke, all of whom finished with 6 boards. Defensively, Dawson Yates had 4 of Pinckneyville's 9 steals.
  Moll finished with 12 points,  Yates had 7, Kitchen 5, Luke 4, and Kreger, Spihlmann, Dustin Bartnicki, Derek Rohlfing and Tyler Rice each had 2.
  The Panthers improved to 18-1 overall, 2-0 at the B.I.T. Up next, they'll face Meridian - also 2-0 at Benton - on Friday night at 8:30 p.m.

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