Carson goes "Pistol Pete" in Lakers win
January 20, 2013By Chet Novak of LAKE LAND COLLEGE
MATTOON--LAKER FIELD HOUSE--With a first place in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference at stake, a perfect GRAC record to protect, and a six game winning streak on the line, the Lakers of Lake Land College pulled out a three point victory over the Blue Devils of Kaskaskia College Saturday night.
LLC's head men's basketball coach, Cedric Brown, knows all too well that any GRAC team can upend any other GRAC team on any given night, and with that knowledge, he and assistant coaches Dave Earp and Brendan Walker prepared their charges of a game against a KC team struggling to stay out of the GRAC basement.
Yet the Blue Devils played the Lakers for all they were worth at Laker Field House, not the easiest venue for visiting teams to play, with its bigtime atmosphere and tendency to all but fill the house, game after game.
Between KC's Brandon Johnson (20 points) and Kevin Swanson (17 points), the Blue Devils made one heck of a run. Sixteen of Johnson's points came in the second half, when he scored nearly half of KC's 37 points of the last half.
Three Lakers reached double-figures. Leading all scorers was Logan Carson, who hit the court fast and hot, tossing in four three-pointers and going three-for-four from the charity stripe in the first half. Carson's teammates immediately saw Carson had the hot hand, and found every conceivable way to free him up and feed him. Carson went "Pistol Pete," retreating from the defense and firing away, until at one point, he was a good six or seven feet beyond the arc (about 27 feet).
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