Journal Gazette from Mattoon, Illinois on January 19, 1993 · Page 9
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Mattoon, Illinois
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Tuesday, January 19, 1993
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I I INSIDE: B2 Neoga faces Cumberland B3 Athletes of the Week B4 Records TUESDAY " ) January 19, 1SD3 J Mattoon Journal Gazette Lancers win B3 - ByALLAGATTOLLA Sports Editor ! MATTOON Robert High Has chosen proximity and familiarity. ! The Mattoon senior football standout picked Indiana State oyer Murray State Monday and said he's set to win a spot in the defensive secondary. ! "The first time I went there, they told me I could play," High said. ; "It looks like he's got a real good opportunity to play in the immediate future," Mattoon coach Brad Butcher said. "He would be a plus to any program he goes into." The clincher for High was his campus visit. "That's what did it," High said. "My impression is that 'this is where I want to go.' High's three visits were to be at Indiana State, Illinois State and Michigan Tech. Murray State came into the picture at the end. "They are getting a new coach High and sort of came in late," High said. "I was really impressed with Indiana State." High thus will get his best shot at his brother Willie, a running back for Eastern's football team. Robert had listed that as a definite goal. "I was over in his room and there were a lot of people over," Robert said. "They just said welcome to the Gateway." Said Butcher: "That's something he's never had an opportunity to do. From the time he was a freshman, he played on the No. 1 team. They've just always played together." ( I ' ' v J J ) I If Psiiriittlhiera torn DDHto aim (upseft Photo by Doug Lawhead Derrick Landrus cuts through UIC defenders By BRIAN NIELSEN StaffWriter CHARLESTON For no immediately apparent reason, Eastern's basketball team didn't quit. Two days removed from losing to Valparaiso, the Panthers were shooting 3-for-13 from the field to go with eight turnovers in lOVi minutes and were trailing Mid-Continent Conference favorite Illinois-Chicago 17-9. It never got any worse. "I saw that although we were turning it over a lot of times, they weren't scoring a lot either," Eastern's Louis Jordan said. "I can't explain it really." Let your classmate from Oak Park-River Forest High School take a stab. "We were shooting bad," Andre Rodriguez said, "but we played great defense. ,,f,.,rl The shooting percentage eventually skyrocketed, and so did Eastern's season outlook Monday night with a 71-67 win over Illinois-Chicago at Lantz Gym. So much for anyone declaring the Panthers dead following Saturday's 94-76 loss at Valparaiso. "When we were losing those games early, my middle daughter Illinois-Chicago (57) FG Johnson Brakes Williams Long Henderson Jones Ford Bailey Team Totals 2-5 4- 5 10-26 1- 2 2- 5 0-0 5- 17 0-2 2 10 5 24 2 3 24-62 FT Reb PF TP 2-2 13 6 2 3 0 3 0 12 2 2 2-6 25 21 57 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0-2 4 0 10 0 Eastern Illinois (71) FG Hernandez Landrus Jordan Williams Young West Rodriguez Odumuyiwa 0-0 Nichols 0-0 Graham Leib Team Totals 1- 3 4- 7 8-12 0-0 2- 3 3- 5 5- 9 0-0 3-5 26-44 4-4 4-5 0-0 3-4 0- 0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 13 2 21 0 0 FT Reb PF TP 4-6 4 17 1 5 0 11 1 7 3 16 8 4 11 0 0 0 0 0,0 0 0 0 2 16 2 16-21 36 11 71 Illinois-Chicago 29 2857 Eastern Illinois 30 Ul-i-67 '''' vwr. 7f Thl-ee-point shots: UIC 7-17 (Brakes 2-2, Williams 4-9, Long 1-1, Ford 0-4, Baily 0-1), Eastern 3-4 (Hernandez 1-1, Landrus 1-2, Jordan 1-1). Shooting percentages: UIC .387, Eastern .591. Assists: UIC 11 (Long 3, Henderson 3), Eastern 20 (Landrus 5, West 5). Turnovers: UIC 19, Eastern 25. Risa kept saying 'wait until we play Valpo, daddy, wait until we Continued on B3 RfeftftDU sfisiptls hey weed pMattoon's Big 12 girls' basketball picture figures to get clearer this week. The Lady Wave embarks on a critical stretch in defense of a fourth straight league crpwn tonight at Green Wave Gym against Lincoln. The Lady Railers (9-8, 6-3) come off a 54-31 victory over Stephen Decatur Thursday, while Mattoon ( 18-2, 8-1) is coming off an 89-43 win over Charleston, with guard Jennifer Hortenstine leading with 21 points and center Tara Bartels grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds. The Lady Wave got a league scare last Thursday, though, when overtime was needed to fend off Champaign Centennial 64-59. The Lady Wave then hosts Danville Thursday. The Vikings are in a three-way tie with Mattoon and Normal for first in the league race and have handed the Lady Wave its lone league loss this season 68-66 at Danville. Danville's long league loss has been to Normal, while Normal has lost only to Mattoon. Mattoon coach George Reed has won or shared the Big 12 title in each ofhis seasons as coach of the Lady Wave. Lincoln is a junior-dominated team. Against Stephen Decatur, Stephanie Held led with 17 points and freshman Lindsey Klock-enga had 10. Lincoln trailed 14-13 after the first quarter against the 1-14 Lady Reds, but used a 20-4 second quarter advantage to pull away. Mattoon forward Kerry Hopgood, who has been slowed by pneumonia this season, scored 10 against Charleston and needs 10 more to become the 19th Lady Wave player to reach .the 500-point plateau. Jody Sanders needs 136 points to catch Barb Blume's all-time scoring mark of 1,709. fo) o s D : CHICAGO (AP) Michael Jordan scored 29 points in just three quarters, and Scottie Pip-pen had 24 as the Chicago Bulls handed the Boston Celtics just their second loss in 10 games, 1Q3-93 Monday. The Bulls opened a 19-point lead late in the third quarter, and coach Phil Jackson cleared the bench in the fourth quarter before the Celtics made the final score more respectable. . I Reggie Lewis led Boston with 2 X points, while Kevin McHale scored 13. Chicago, which lost in overtime to Orlando on Saturday night despite Jordan's NBA season-high 64 points, hit just 30 percent of its shots in the third quarter, but led by at least 13 points throughout the period. The Bulls opened their biggest lead, 79-60, CHICAGO BULLS on a layup by Jordan with 1:11 left, and it was 79-62 going into the final 12 minutes 1 The game was tied at 17-17 before the Bulls took the lead for good with a 13-4 run in the final 3:23 for a 30-21 advantage at the end of the first period. Jordan scored 15 points on 7-of-ll shooting in the quarter. In the second quarter, the Celtics closed to 39-35 on McHale's layup at 7:16, but Chicago then outscored Boston 20-8 to hold a 59-43 advantage at halftime. Coach Chris Ford said Boston's defense didn't do its job. He wanted "good, aggressive defense, and taking care of the ball." "Obviously, we didn't do either," he said. . In addition, the Celtics turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 18 points by the Bulls. "The unforced turnovers just happened too often," Ford said. "We just coughed up, and then didn't have any intensity on de fense. "I'm disappointed in the way we went out and played this game." Chicago coach Phil Jackson called it a "good day to have something positive. He was alluding to Saturday's overtime loss to Orlando, when the Bulls blew a 6-point lead in the last 44 seconds of regulation. "It was good to get back on the winning track," Jackson said. "The loss on Saturday ... everybody suffered." Jordan welcomed the comfort of watching the fourth quarter. But "for a moment there I thought Td have to come back in," he said. Jackson said he wanted to what the rest of the team could do without Jordan. "I thought if we can hold the lead to at least 15 we can escape," Jackson said. "He needs the rest." Jordan is still nursing a sore right wrist sustained in a fall at Philadelphia on Jan. 9. High also wanted to stay close enough so his parents could watch him play. But Butcher seemed as happy about that factor as anybody. "I really like the prospect of ,him playing at Indiana State," Butcher said. "He's close and 111 get a chance to see him and I definitely plan to." High is Mattoon's all-time leading rusher. He was a unanimous All-Big 12 selection as both a tailback and a defensive back. A standout on the football field, High is also an honors student, Continued on B3 (I X Photo by Anita Harahbwgar ; Lakers' Maurice Reddick drives on Olney's Zach Sellers ByALLAGATTOLLA Sports Editor MATTOON Fastbreak became four corners, but not slow enough for Jim Dudley. The Lake Land basketball coach watched his team rock and roll to its lead Monday, but then became anxious when preservation became a huge task. Dudley's Lakers topped Olney Central 98-89 at Laker Field-house, but Dudley saw flashes of what has cost his squad some close ones before. "We threw the ball away four times in the last two minutes of the game," Dudley said. "We should have been in the four corners. We didn't need to run, we needed to work the clock. Maybe that's a tough transition, but it's what we needed to do." The victory lifts Lake Land to 10-4 overall and 2-3 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The Lakers used a run-and-gun attack and had an 83-70 lead with 8:14 left in the game and seemed poised for a blowout. But Olney closed to 87-81 and had Dudley concerned enough to slow the tempo. His Lakers, though, weren't always along for the transition. "We didn't take advantage of what we had at the end," Dudley said. "We're looking at what's down the road and we need to execute better than we did at the end of the game. Well take the win and we hope well be able to improve." Tim Bobo, making his first start for the Lakers since Christmas, led all scorers with 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds. "I think I came out and I told Olney (89) Player FG FT Reb PF TP Long 3-7 0-0 3 4 6 Mills 6-8 0-1 1 1 15 Stephens 3-10 7-9 4 4 13 Huebner 6-14 2-2 5 4 16 Ketchmark 3-9 0-0 3 3 7 Smith 3-5 3-4 6 3 10 Young 4-6 1-2 5 0 9 Wise 1-5 0-0 2 0 2 Sellers 5-13 1-3 12 2 11 Team 2 Totals 34-76 14-21 43 21 89 Lake Land (98) Player FG FT Reb PF TP Tigner 6-10 1-2 10 1 13 Smith 8-11 2-2 7 4 20 Blunt 2-5 0-0 10 6 Reddick 4-10 1-2 7 3 9 Roy 1-5 3-4 12 5 Biggs 5-9 0-0 3 2 13 Bobo 9-19 4-4 8 4 24 Richey 0-6 8-12 8 1 8 Team 2 Totals 35-75 19-26 47 17 98 Olney 41 48 89 Lake Land 53 45 98 3-point shots: Olney 7-15 (Long 0-2, Mills 3- 4, Huebner 2-4, Ketchmark 1-3, Smith 1-1, Sellers 0-1), Lake Land 9-25 (Smith 2-4, Blunt 2-4, Roy 0-2, Biggs 3-6, Bobo 2-6, Richey 0-3). Turnovers: Olney 16, Lake Land 16. Shooting percentages: Olney .447, Lake Land .467. myself that I'm not going to be scared like I have been lately," Bobo said. "I just relaxed." Olney is now 10-3 overall and 4- 2 in the GRAC. The Lakers figured they couldn't afford to lose any more ground in the league race. "We knew we'd have to play well to win and we knew we had to win," Bobo said. "If we lose any more, we know a good seed in the conference is going to be out of the question." Dudley credits this win to improved perimeter defense and better bench play. "For a change we did a good job of defending the 3's," Dudley sai dL - Continued on B3 , Llgi( LLaEseFS mmi ft oGDti too3 MATTOON In the throe's of a losing streak, Lake Land's women's basketball team got exactly what it needed Monday. The Lady Lakers blew past Olney 88-47 as Jenny Nichols led with 25 points and Robin Downs had 19. "When you are losing games and you try to work on fundamentals, it gets frustrated," Lake Land coach Dwight Perry said. "We played awfully welL It's definitely more fun to win than lose." The Lady Lakers had lost seven straight games. "We're looking for the shots better and that's one of the things that really had been bothering me," Perry said. "We've had some good shots and we've passed them up. Robin Downs did a great job and Shel Fuller off the bench did a good job. She's a very small guard for us and this had to be good for her con fidence." Fuller scored 11 off the bench. Stephanie Morris also scored 11. The Lady Lakers are now 1-4 in the GRAC. There is still time," Perry said. "I told the girls that last year, we finished third in the league and we lost seven games. We've got time." Lake Land plays at Belleville Thursday. Lake Land - 39 49 88 Olney 20 27 47 , LAKE LAND: Fuller 4-0-11, Nichols 10-5-25, Morris 5-1-11, ' Roberts 3-1-9, St John 2-0-4, Hagan 2-0-4, Downs 7-2-19, Shu-bert 2-1-5, Clark 0-0-0. Totals 35-10-88. OLNEY: Cooper 0-O-0, Parr 1-0-2, Neukam 1-1-3, Morris 1-0-2, Miller 6-5-17, Kilbrick 2-0-4, Tebbe 4-2-10, Bloemer 3-3-9. Totals 18-11-47. 3-point goals: Lake Land 8 (Fuller 3, Roberts 2, Downs 3), Olney none. l m m. m mm t J j j i t . m

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