M-S' Risley does a bit of everything
MAHOMET — Traditional statistical data doesn't indicate the impact Garret Risley had on Mahomet-Seymour's boys' basketball victory Friday night.
The point total (five) pales in comparison to teammates such as Reid Farchmin and Brad Herrmann, who teamed up for 35 points.
The assist total (two) doesn't match that of team leader Brad Izatt, who had seven.
The rebound totals (two) are far less than Farchmin, who hauled down a game-high 13 boards.
And yet, the value of the 5-foot-9 Risley can't be overlooked. He had the defensive assignment of harassing Olympia's point guards and making it difficult for the Spartans to run their offense.
When all factors are considered, M-S' 49-44 triumph was a solid reflection of Risley's play.
"He set the tone and wore him down," M-S coach Chad Benedict said. "He's not a guy who gets a lot of flashy stuff, but we wanted him to dictate."
And while the senior successfully made it tough for an Olympia team that entered with a four-game winning streak, Risley was seeking other challenges.
"He kept saying he wanted to guard someone else; someone who was scoring," Benedict said, "but he did what we wanted."
So did Farchmin (18 points) and Herrmann (17). After the first 22 1/2 minutes they had combined to score 26 of the Bulldogs' 29 points.
"Our guys did a nice job of finding them and getting them the ball," Benedict said.
The other points in a stretch that covered almost all of the first three quarters were courtesy of a three-pointer by Risley.
"Considering the slow start we got off to, we found a way to get it done," said Benedict, whose squad trailed 8-2 less than three minutes into the contest. "Defensively, we settled down after their start. All of our kids guarded well."
The teams traded leads until the fourth period, when the Spartans scored first to collect a 34-33 edge.
A trey by Clay Kibler then started a 13-0 M-S run and the Spartans couldn't again draw closer than five points.
"We played well in the fourth quarter and made free throws down the stretch," Benedict said.
The Bulldogs (12-9) sunk 9 of 11 free throws in the final 3:41. Kibler was 4 for 5, Farchmin was 3 for 4 and Herrmann was 2 for 2.
M-S outrebounded the Spartans 32-20.
Rantoul 62, Pontiac 46. L.C. Franklin hit four three-pointers en route to scoring a game-high 18 points to lift the host Eagles.
Travis Britt scored nine points while Johnny Jones and Jackson Carver each scored six points for Rantoul, which led 56-30 after three quarters.