Pulaski boys sweep Lincolnwood Saturday night at home
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[January 23, 2017]
It was a busy day for basketball at the Ed Butkovich
Gymnasium Saturday in Mount Pulaski. Following the girls win over
Maroa-Forsyth the boys took to the court in the evening and swept
the Lincolnwood Lancers in both contests.
For the Junior Varsity game it was Mount Pulaski winning 39-29 as
Jonathan Shehorn led the way with 18 points.
In the Varsity contest the Hilltoppers took down the Lancers 57-45
thanks to a career high 25 points from Gezus Oliver.
A great crowd was on hand for this game, as it was rescheduled from
that weekend in December when the ice storm hit.
Much nicer, warmer weather brought out the crowd. And the
Hilltoppers were anything but cold to start this one, jumping out to
an early 11-2 lead.
The Lancers were struggling to buy a bucket but did catch a break
when Seth Foster banked in a long three at the first quarter buzzer.
Mount Pulaskiís lead was 11-5 at the end of one quarter of play.
Foster got even hotter for the Lancers in the second quarter and he
ran off ten points in the eight minutes of play to keep his team in
Oliver paced the Hilltoppers with nine points in the quarter,
including a tough three point shot he got off just seconds before
the halftime buzzer. As Oliver soared above the defenders the shot
glided through the net and the junior gave Mount Pulaski a 24-19
lead going into the locker room.
Oliver continued hitting threes in the third quarter and at one
point his outstanding offensive effort had Mount Pulaski up 29-21.
Foster was just as hot as this January day had been for the Lancers,
and his offensive display closed the gap to a 31-28 Mount Pulaski
lead with 3:25 left to play in the third quarter.
Both teams went scoreless for the next three plus minutes and after
several misses on both ends, Oliver hit a three with eight seconds
Before the crowd even had a chance to quit clapping for Oliver,
Brandon Kretzinger stole the ball from the Lancers and he quickly
turned around and tossed up his own three. His first and only points
of the game hit the backboard and banked in nicely, going right
through the net.
The crowd roared even more as the buzzer blew to sound the end of
the third quarter and the home teamís lead was back up to 37-28.
Leads can always disappear quickly in high school basketball and the
Lancers sure made a good run in the fourth quarter. They ran off
eight straight points on Mount Pulaski and just like that the
Hilltoppers coach, Ryan Deibert, was calling one timeout after
another to try to settle his team down.
With Lincolnwood back in the game, trailing a slim 37-36, Mount
Pulaskiís Lukas Aylesworth decided to take matters into his own
hands. The senior drove to the basket successfully on two
consecutive possessions and allowed the Hilltoppers to maintain a
41-38 lead with 4:28 left to play in the game.
That guy who had been relatively quiet for the Lancers in the fourth
quarter, Foster, then sank two free throws, and again Mount Pulaski
called a timeout while holding onto a 41-40 lead.
Thanks to Aylesworth sinking his free throws the Hilltoppers could
maintain a lead, 43-40.
Following a nice spin around jump shot by Peyton Taylor, Mount
Pulaski was up 45-41 and then quite simply, Oliver took over the
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Mount Pulaskiís Gezus
Oliver sinks his free throws at the end of the game Saturday night.
Oliver scored a career high 25 points and led the Hilltoppers to a
57-45 win over Lincolnwood.
Oliver scored ten points in the final two minutes of play and
secured the 57-45 win for Mount Pulaski.
Oliver's 25 points in the game is a career high as a Hilltopper.
Taylor tossed in 14 points in the win, and Aylesworth contributed 13
Mount Pulaskiís record is now 11-8 on the season.
The Hilltoppers host Riverton this Friday night.
A special note: The evening also included a ceremony to honor the
1936 and 1976 state basketball teams. More on that coming in
Tuesdayís edition of Lincoln Daily News.
Mount Pulaski JV scoring
Lincolnwood JV scoring
Mount Pulaski Varsity scoring
Lincolnwood Varsity scoring