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12-13-86 - Cumberland's Kevin Matteson and Casey's Kevin...
Cumberland's Kevin Matteson and Casey's Kevin C'land's By BRIAN NIELSEN SUffWriter TOLEDO After more than nine months of waiting, Cumberland confirmed itself as a Little Illini Conference basketball title contender Friday. The Pirates knocked off defen- defen- Iding champion Casey-Westfield Casey-Westfield Casey-Westfield 155-54 155-54 155-54 to prove their high preseason hopes were not wishful thinking. "These kids have been looking vnrwarri tn this same since last fyear ended," Cumberland coach Fhick Manuell said. 5 Only a double-overtime double-overtime double-overtime shocker lover Martinsville two years ago icould compare to this big win, said he third-year third-year third-year Cumberland head (coach. i An even bigger Cumberland-Martinsville Cumberland-Martinsville Cumberland-Martinsville game is probably idown the road. The two teams play at Cumberland Tuesday in a game that does not count in the LIC standings. What might be the conference conference championship game is set nor Feb. 20 at Martinsville. Today Cumberland, 2-0 2-0 2-0 in the JC and 4-0 4-0 4-0 overall, can enjoy its win over Casey, which finds itself H A an unsual 1-2 1-2 1-2 predicament in the onference. , After waiting all off-season, off-season, off-season, "3 - . 4 . wait rewarded Cumberland had to wait until the final seconds to be assured of the win over the Warriors. The Pirates had a 43-35 43-35 43-35 lead early early in the fourth quarter, but then Todd Butler and Steve Robbins picked up their fourth fouls and went to the bench. Casey came back. Kendell Cummins' layup after a Cumberland turnover gave the Warriors a 52-51 52-51 52-51 lead with 1:45 to play. Butler responed with two free throws that regained1 Cumberland's lead. The Pirates' 1-3-1 1-3-1 1-3-1 1-3-1 1-3-1 defense forced Casey into throwing the ball away, and Kevin Matteson's short turnaround turnaround jumper gave Cumberland a 55-52 55-52 55-52 cushion. Matt McGiles' two free throws got Casey back within one with 40 seconds left. Cumberland held the ball until Cummins stole a pass with 10 seconds seconds to go. He passed to McGiles, who was called for traveling on a drive to the basket while heavily guarded. Casey coach Bob Durham screamed for a foul. "It might have been a hold," Durham said -more -more calmly after the game. "I don't know how capbahle those two (officials) were. I'm not Photo by Jiy Kimball Finke battle for rebound saying it was poorly officiated against Casey. I just don't think it was a good game." . , ' The crucial traveling call forced Casey to foul Matteson with four seconds left. The Cumberland star missed the front of the one-and-one. one-and-one. one-and-one. one-and-one. one-and-one. Two seconds seconds ticked off as Casey fumbled the rebound before calling a timeout. Then with the 6-foot-3 6-foot-3 6-foot-3 6-foot-3 6-foot-3 Matteson harassing the inbounds pass, Cummins' one-handed one-handed one-handed throw hit the rafters. Cumberland inbounded the ball to Jackson who dribbled out the last two seconds. Matteson finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pirates. Just as big of a boost came from Butler. The 6-6 6-6 6-6 senior came off the bench for 18 points and seven rebounds. rebounds. "Todd played inspired basketball basketball tonight," Manuell said. "Todd didn't play well the first three games. That's why he didn't start. "I had a coach from another school I won't tell his name tell me this summer Todd Butler was lazy. Maybe this will help Todd out." The Cumberland coach said his (Continued on Page B4 )

Clipped from Journal Gazette13 Dec 1986, SatPage 13

Journal Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois)13 Dec 1986, SatPage 13
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