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Indians finish 2-2 in Tip-Off Tournament with wins over Sesser-Valier, Carmi-White County

  • Indians' Braeden Pursell goes up for a layup Saturday night during his team's win over the Carmi-White County Bulldogs.

    Indians' Braeden Pursell goes up for a layup Saturday night during his team's win over the Carmi-White County Bulldogs.
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  • Sophomore Lamontay Daughtery puts up a shot for the Indians in their third game of the Du Quoin Tip-Off Tournament. This game saw the Indians win over the Sesser-Valier Red Devils.

    Sophomore Lamontay Daughtery puts up a shot for the Indians in their third game of the Du Quoin Tip-Off Tournament. This game saw the Indians win over the Sesser-Valier Red Devils.
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  • Indians' Josh Heape (right) looks for a shot while under pressure Saturday night at Anders Gymnasium.

    Indians' Josh Heape (right) looks for a shot while under pressure Saturday night at Anders Gymnasium.
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  • Senior Will Woodside swerves around a Sesser defender to get to the net Friday night during the Indians' win over the Red Devils.

    Senior Will Woodside swerves around a Sesser defender to get to the net Friday night during the Indians' win over the Red Devils.
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updated: 12/5/2017 2:18 PM

DU QUOIN -- The Indians (2-2) finished their own Tip-Off Tournament the right way after back-to-back wins over Sesser-Valier (56-48) on Friday night and Carmi-White County (59-50) on Saturday night.

After sitting out for most of the first two games, sophomore Lamontay Daughtery returned to Anders Gymnasium and led in points for both games (22 points against Sesser, 24 points against Carmi).

"I couldn't wait to come and play tonight," Daughtery said after the Friday night victory. "I felt pretty good. Just took good shots and played hard throughout the whole game."

"Tonight's the first night we've been a full team," said Indians' coach Justin Barrington. "I thought we made them work for things. (Shamar) Adams did a good job shutting down Winchester in the third and fourth quarter."

The Red Devils struck early in the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead with all points coming from their top scorer Tyler Winchester. Then, Daughtery paved the way for his team, scoring eight points in the quarter, including a breakaway slam dunk to take the lead 14-12.

Teammates Josh Heape (10 points) and Braeden Pursell (14 points) got on the board to keep the home team in the lead (19-16) after one quarter.

In the second, the Indians extended their lead with 15 points tallied by Will Woodside (four points), Shamar Adams (one point), Daughtery and Heape.

With a 7-point lead, the Indians continued to charge with a trey from Daughtery to kick things off in the third quarter. Senior Eliot Gross also tallied a 3-point bucket at the end of the period to give the Indians a comfortable 45-35 lead

Scoring 11 points in the final quarter, the Indians left the court with their first victory of the season.

"I think we showed everyone tonight what we can do when we're a full team," Barrington said. "We're a very different team when we have everyone playing."

Rollercoaster finish

After the win over the Red Devils, the Indians hoped to bring the momentum into their final game of the tournament.

"I feel like we can beat (Carmi) we just need to play aggressive and have good defense like we did (against Sesser)," Daughtery said.

Saturday night they took on the Carmi Bulldogs and after a hard-fought four quarters, the home team earned their second victory of the season (59-50).

"Our pressure really was an issue for them," Barrington said. "The 10-second violation was big for us and it hurt them. When we did that, everyone got into the game and we went for (the win)."

The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a 3-pointer by Dylan Courty. He would tally one more before the end of the quarter and teammate Bryce Northcott would add his own to keep the visitors ahead 16-10 at the end of the period.

Daughtery tallied four of his 24 points in the quarter while Pursell (15 points) would drain his first of three treys.

Teammate Woodside put up his lone field goal of the game and Adams (four points) posted a lone free throw in the first.

Again, the Bulldogs opened the second quarter with a trey, this time from Travis Black. Pursell responded 30 seconds later with his second 3-point bucket.

Both teams began putting a full-court press against each other, making it more difficult for both teams to tally points. The Bulldogs did enough defensively to maintain their lead (29-20) going into halftime.

Back in the action, the Indians and Bulldogs played leapfrog with the lead after Adams drained his own 3-pointer to take a 31-30 lead. The Bulldogs responded with a field goal by Colton Yates to take back the lead.

The Indians stole the lead back thanks to a field goal from Daughtery. With 1:28 left in the quarter, the Bulldogs took brief command of the game and scored six consecutive points to re-pad their lead (40-35).

In the final quarter, the Indians focused on their defense and forced the Bulldogs into the 10-second violation - the Bulldogs were unable to cross the half court line - while also holding them to only 10 points. The home team also rallied offensively, scoring 24 points to snatch the win.

Other Indian point contributors were Heape (10 points), Ashton Smith (two points) and Hank Stewart (two points).

After the win, the Indians announced not only the All-Tournament Team selections, but also the winner of the Sportsmanship Award.

The latter award went to senior Klayton Donoghue, who did not spend much time on the court, but did his job as senior leader from the bench.

Making the All-Tourney team were Daughtery and Woodside.