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Trailblazers Hit Stretch with District Seeding in Mind

Article by: Pete Hayes, the Telegraph, phayes@thetelegraph.com

GODFREY — The stretch run has arrived for the L&C men’s basketball team. The last seven games of the regular season began with a thrilling victory over Shawnee College Monday night at the River Bend Arena.

And while the Trailblazers’ 74-71 comeback win over Shawnee did end a four-game losing streak and gained a tiebreaker with the Saints in case the teams finish in a District 16 standings tie, L&C and coach Doug Stotler are hoping such is not the case. They want Shawnee to be in the rear-view mirror when the postseason District 16/Region 24 Tournament gets under way.

“It felt really god to just win a game,” Stotler said about the Shawnee game, “We have to focus on the next game if we want to move up in the distinct standings.”

Shawnee and L&C are tied for seventh place in the district standings, but the Trailblazers own two wins over the Saints giving them the nod in case of a tie. But a difficult stretch still lies ahead for L&C.

After Wednesday’s matchup with SEI in Harrisburg, the going gets even tougher with a visit to Olney Central College Saturday afternoon, then a home game against Southwestern Illinois College Feb. 19, another home game against Lake Land on Feb. 22, followed by a pair of challenging road games.

L&C will play at Vincennes University Feb. 24 and finish the regular season Feb. 26 against Lincoln Trail in Robinson.

“I guess we’re paying for the early part of the schedule,” Stotler said.

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