PINCKNEYVIILE -- Guards Moe Jackson and Allen Billinger led Carbondale to a 55-34 win over Maplewood Richmond Heights at the seventh annual First National Bank Panther Basketball Showcase Saturday.
"We beat a pretty good team today," said Carbondale coach Jim Miller. "We defended and rebounded extremely well, and I’m very pleased with the effort our kids gave."
Carbondale (19-3) won its fifth game in a row while coming off a one-point win over Marion Friday night at home. Next up, the Terriers host cross-county rival Murphysboro on Tuesday.
"With a short turnaround I thought our kids responded very, very well," Miller said. "Last night there was a little adversity going on at times, but today they showed a lot of maturity, poise and confidence, and really established themselves."
For the Blue Devils (13-6), the loss snapped a nine-game winning streak after beginning the season 4-5.
"This was a good test for us," said Maplewood coach Corey Frazier. "We played a tough one last night and came in here to see if we’re ready to play two games in a row."
Jackson shot over 50 percent to lead the Terriers with 19 points and earn MVP of the game. The senior shot 6-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
"I’m starting to focus on my shot more," Jackson said. "We played defense and rebounded and that’s why we won today. We play together and that’s why we got the win."
Billinger also had a good shooting night, hitting 6-of-10 from the field and 1-for-1 from the line to finish with 13 points. The senior was the leading rebounder in the game, pulling down nine boards -- including eight on the defensive end.
The Terriers dominated almost every statistical category. Carbondale outshot Maplewood from the field by a 46.7 percent to 26 percent; from the line by 71.4 percent to 53.3 percent, and made three-for-eleven from behind the arc, while Maplewood missed all 11 attempts.
On the boards, Carbondale had a huge margin, outrebounding the Blue Devils 40 to 18, including 29 to 12 on the defensive boards and 11 to 6 on the offensive end.
"Our commitment to the defensive rebounding was huge," Miller said. "Last night we didn’t get out and guard very well and got beat on the boards and today was just the opposite."
The only categories Maplewood had an edge in were turnovers (7 to 11) and steals (7 to 3), but the majority of Carbondale’s turnovers came in the final few minutes when the reserves were playing.
The Terriers jumped out to an eight-point lead in the first quarter, but the Blue Devils cut to lead to two 1:04 into the second quarter on two baskets by Satchel McDonald sandwiched around a pull-up jumper by Ramone Agard. McDonald led Maplewood with 16 points.
A three-pointer by Jackson stopped the run, but a steal and a basket by Reggie Gyunn cut the lead back to three with 4:24 left before halftime.
Carbondale scored the final 10 points of the first half to take a 13-point lead. Billinger opened the run with a layup and ended it with 5.4 seconds left on another layup. In between, Jackson contributed a layup and two free throws.
The second half was all Carbondale as the Terriers extended their lead to 21 points with 33 seconds left in the third quarter, and to as much as 23 late in the game.