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By Jeff Mayfield
The Illini's victory
over Iowa was anything but pretty, but I didn't hear many complaints
as I left the Assembly Hall Saturday. Illinois needed a win in any
shape, size or color to even their league mark at 2-2. Be prepared
for a roller coaster ride the rest of the way.
It was good to see Roger Powell back on
top of his game, and Nick Smith got back in the groove as well.
ISU won its first MVC game with a
stifling 54-42 victory over the SMS Bears, one of this writer's alma
maters. It brings back a lot of memories for me every time I see SMS.
Lincoln's Gregg Alexander led the way
again, as he led the team with six rebounds and nailed three
important treys at critical junctures during the game. Coach Porter
Moser called Gregg "the player who always gets us out of the gate."
He said that Gregg always gets the team off to quick starts while
other guys are watching the popcorn being made! He also commended
Alexander's intensity and tenacity!
The Lincoln Railers proved once again
that hard work and good coaching can overcome what looked like a
super-talented bunch of Senators from Springfield High in a 53-44
victory. John Harmson was an incredible 8-for-10 from the 3-point
Springfield coach Pat McGuire has
really improved his squad, and I look for their team to make more
noise later if he can keep them interested!
The Lady Railers had a tough loss to
Springfield but still showed a lot of fire. Lincoln continues to
improve, and I think the Lady Railers will be a force the rest of
the season. The Lady Railers blew out Lanphier earlier in the week.
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Speaking of Lady Railers,
CONGRATULATIONS to former Railer Brittany Robbins, now of the LCC
Angels, who just became that school's all-time leading scorer. She
helped lead the team to two huge wins this past weekend, over
Stephens College and over Northland Baptist. Robbins' great career
underscores why I say that AA experience can really help on the
small-college level. I'd like to see more local stars and even those
players who play support roles on their high school teams give LC
and LCC more of a shot during the recruiting phase. I think EVERYONE
would benefit by those relationships!
LCC's Preachers claimed a big win over
Northland as well and are making a bid to be a contender on the
The Lincoln Lynx took an 87-73 over
Lake Land. Perhaps B.J's trip to "FANdamonium" was all that was
needed to turn the Lynx around… doubtful! Lincoln hopes to climb
back to the .500 mark this week.
The Lady Lynx fell to Lake Land 56-68.
I didn't see any of the Colts' loss to
New England, but I did see and was amazed at the play of the
Carolina Panthers. It's not the biggest marquee matchup in Super
Bowl history, but it should be an entertaining contest.
Player of the week: Brittany Robbins,
who became LCC's all-time leading scorer!
Have a great