Olney keeps hex on No. 8 VU

Photo by Matt Griffith/VU

Vincennes University's Chuka Mekkam, center, tightly guards Olney Central's Jalen Moore on a drive Wednesday at the P.E. Complex.

If and when the Vincennes University men’s basketball team sees Olney Central and Jalen Moore again, it’s going to be too soon.

Moore, a Cloverdale product, dominated with 35 points and the honorable mention Blue Knights stunned the eighth-ranked Trailblazers, 72-70, in a Region 24 game Wednesday at the P.E. Complex.

Olney Central (21-4, 11-4 Region 24) completed a two-game sweep of VU (23-4, 13-3), which lost its region lead to John A. Logan. It wasn’t a fluke, as the Blue Knights led the last 39 minutes of the game in defeating the Blazers for the fourth time in the last five meetings.

VU had two chances to tie it in the final 10 seconds. Down 72-69, Kevin Osawe rimmed a 3-point attempt with seven seconds to go. VU fouled J.J. Kalakon with four ticks showing, and he missed the front end of the one-and-bonus. The Blazers rebounded and called timeout with 3.5 seconds showing.

On the inbounds, Olney fouled Colton Sandage as he approached midcourt. Sandage hit the first free throw to cut it to two. He purposely missed the second free throw, but the ball bounded toward the right sideline and VU couldn’t retrieve it before the buzzer sounded.

Craig Porter scored a career-high 28 points for the Blazers, and Osawe added 19.

“I don’t know what to say, but it’s my job to get them right,” VU coach Todd Franklin said. “We let Jalen Moore have 35, doing the exact things that we talked about. We started the game tight, afraid, and I don’t know why. We’re undisciplined, we don’t box out correctly and we don’t execute.

“We scored 41 points in the second half, which is plenty with that pace, but Olney’s a good basketball team. Jalen Moore is a good player, especially when you let him do whatever he wants, which we did.”

The second half was a dual between Moore and Porter, with the duo combining for 48 points after intermission.

VU got within 41-39 on Chinedu Okanu’s jump hook and 50-49 on Porter’s drive with 10:30 remaining. But Moore, who constantly took the shot clock down to limit possessions, often answered on the other end. He hit a 3-pointer with 9:25 to go and converted a four-point play at 4:13. J.J. Kalakon netted a key 3-pointer with 1:38 to go to give the Blue Knights a 70-64 lead.

Porter gave VU a chance when hit a three with 1:29 left and two free throws with :44 on the clock to trim the deficit to 72-69.

Elijah Farr was Olney’s only other double figure scorer with 13.

VU’s only lead in the opening half was at 2-0, and the hosts needed to score the final six points to get within 33-29 by halftime.

Olney Central, which made seven 3-pointers before halftime, erased a 2-0 deficit with a 13-3 spurt to take control. The Blue Knights forged their first double-figure lead at 23-13 on Joseph Dalton’s 3-pointer with 7:13 on the clock.

Olney took three more 10-point advantages before halftime, the last at 33-23 on Farr’s 3-pointer with 2:18 remaining. Osawe hit 3-of-4 free throws and Sandage canned a 3-pointer deep in the left corner just before halftime to cut the deficit to four.

The Blazers play at Lake Land (Ill.) at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.

Brown, Henry lead VU women to win

Amani Brown tallied 23 points and Jhala Henry tacked on 21 as the honorable mention Vincennes University women outscored Olney Central, 87-73, Wednesday in a Region 24 game at the P.E. Complex.

Jaynice Stovall and Fess Hawkins collected 13 apiece for the Blazers (23-4, 14-1 Region 24), tallying 21 of those points in the opening half.

VU had runs of eight and 10 in the first and third quarter to build their advantage in their fourth consecutive win. The Blazers led 43-32 when it took off on its biggest spurt of the game. Stovall and Henry collected 3-pointers, with a pair of Brown buckets in between. The hosts enjoyed a double-figure lead the entire second half.

VU broke the game’s only tie at two with its eight-point stretch. Stovall canned a 3-pointer and a 15-footer to go with a Henry 3-pointer. The Blazers had quarter-stop leads of 22-16, 41-28 and 70-54.

Kyla Reed’s 17 points paced the Blue Knights (14-12, 8-6), who had four double-figure scorers. South Knox graduate Jarissa Page had two points for Olney.

VU hosts Rend Lake at 7 p.m. Saturday.

OLNEY CENTRAL 72, VINCENNES 70

MEN-WEDNESDAY

OLNEY CENTRAL

Walker (f) 3 0-0 7, Farr (c) 5 0-0 13, Kalakon (g) 3 0-1 7, Talton (g) 1 0-0 2, Moore (g) 10 10-10 35, Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Tchuente 0 0-0 0, Dalton 2 0-0 6, Cudd 1 0-2 2. Totals: 25 10-13 72.

VINCENNES

Tucker (f) 0 0-0 0, Osawe (f) 6 5-6 19, Okanu (c) 3 0-0 6, Mekkam (g) 3 0-0 7, Porter (g) 12 2-5 28, Sandage 2 1-3 6, Wells 1 0-0 2, Kone 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 8-14 70.

SCORE BY HALVES

Olney Central |33-39 — 72

Vincennes |29-41 — 70

3-pointers: Olney Central 12 (Moore 5, Farr 3, Dalton 2, Walker, Kalakon), VU 6 (Osawe 2, Porter 2, Sandage, Mekkam). Fouls: Olney Central 14, VU 14.

VINCENNES 87, OLNEY CENTRAL 73

WOMEN-WEDNESDAY

OLNEY CENTRAL

Snipes 4 2-6 11, Hunter 2 1-1 5, Weaver 4 0-0 8, Silva 0 0-0 0, Robbins 5 1-1 13, Willis 3 2-2 9, Page 1 0-0 2, Nwankwo 4 0-2 8, Reid 7 3-4 17. Totals: 30 9-16 73.

VINCENNES

Thompson 1 0-0 2, Hawkins 4 5-6 13, Chamarro 4 0-0 8, Garcia 3 1-3 7, Stovall 5 0-0 13, Brown 10 1-2 23, Henry 8 1-2 21, Michels 0 0-0 0, Bluma 0 0-0 0, Ndour 0 0-0 0. Totals: 35 8-13 87.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Olney Central|16-12-26-19 — 73

Vincennes |22-19-29-17 — 87

3-pointers: Olney Central 4 (Robbins 2, Willis, Snipes), VU 9 (Henry 4, Stovall 3, Brown 2). Fouls: Olney Central 15, VU 16. Fouled out: Chamarro.

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