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Providence hands Collinsville second straight overtime loss

January 8, 2013
Collinsville High School



By Scott Marion |  STLhighschoolsports.comstltoday.com                                       Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013

The scenario was all too familiar to Darin Lee.

On Friday night, the Collinsville boys basketball coach watched the host  Kahoks lose 52-51 in overtime to Belleville East, as the Lancers' Malcolm Hill  hit a game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in the extra  session.

On Saturday night, it happened again. Collinsville had a four-point lead in  overtime. but visiting Providence Catholic hit a pair of treys in the final  minute to post a 65-64 victory. The loss dropped Collinsville to 6-9 overall.  The Kahoks are 1-5 in the Southwestern Conference.

"We didn't guard as well as I would like and it hurt us in the end," Lee  said. "Offensively, we played well enough to win."

Seniors Falando Wilkinson and Chris Mathes had another big game for the  Kahoks with 22 and 18 points, respectively. Kevin Kozan led Providence with 19  points, while Miles Boykin (12) and Mitch Vander Wey (10) were also in double  figures.

"Mathes had a good weekend -- he's getting more shots and making more shots,"  Lee said. "You can see that he's getting more confident. We really need that as  a second scoring option (after Wilkinson).

"Sean Davis (a 6-foot-6 sophomore who missed the East game due to illness)  had a good game. He gives us an inside scoring threat.

"Overall, we're playing better, but it's a shame that we have no wins to show  for it. With the schedule we play, there are no easy games whatsoever."

Wilkinson, who was the top player off the bench last season, is averaging  17.6 points per game for a team that has no returning starters. With the loss of  freshman Zeke Moore (80 points in nine games), who left the team prior to the  Collinsville-Schnucks Holiday Classic, other players such as senior Briley  Kellison and junior Tanner Houck are being counted on to provide more  offense.

"Houck had a nice game on Saturday before he fouled out," Lee said. "He got  some rebounds and made some shots.

"Defensively, we didn't get picked up in transition three or four times and  that led to some easy baskets for them. We have cut down on our turnovers, which  means we're getting more shots and more second chances at the basket."

Collinsville returns to action Friday at Belleville West (10-3, 4-2). The  Maroons defeated Alton 65-52 last Friday.

 
 
 

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