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McNeil’s 20 Lead L&C Men Past Southeastern

Article by: Pete Hayes, the Telegraph,

HARRISBURG — Just leave it to L&C’s Energizer Bunnies.

When Southeastern Illinois College staged a rally that gave the Falcons a four-point lead with eight minutes to go, the Bunny-led Trailblazers staged a rally of their own and shot to a 68-64 Distinct 16 road victory.

“Jaquan Adams and Kalen Morgan are our Energizer Bunnies,” said LC assistant coach Kavon Lacey, who was subbing for head coach Doug Stotler, who was down with the flu. “Jaquan has so much energy,” Lacey said. “So does Morgan.

“Tonight, when Jaquan scored a couple of baskets he was fired up and that’s contagious, it spread through the team.”

Adams, a sophomore from Civic Memorial, scored 10 points.

The Trailblazers’ victory lifted their overall record to 13-9 and 6-8 in District 16. They are in eighth place in the standings, pending the outcome of Wednesday’s Shawnee game at Southwestern Illinois College. Shawnee was 5-8 and 13-9 heading into Wednesday’s game. If the Blazers and Saints pull into a tie for seventh, L&C will get the nod, having defeated Shawnee twice this season.

Wednesday night, the Trailblazers led much of the first half until a short run by the Falcons pulled them to within three points at halftime, 35-32.

The Trailblazers pulled out to a seven point lead early in the second half, but Southeastern’s run caught L&C, eventually pulling out to a six-point lead with nine minutes to play.

“I called timeout and told the players to slow down and they were going to win this game.”

He was correct.

The Trailblazers gave Lacey, a prep standout at Alton High and a former player and assistant at the University of Evansville, his first head caching victory.

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