CARTERVILLE — Talk about your 180-degree turnarounds.
John A. Logan’s men pulled one off Wednesday night in their Great Rivers Athletic Conference rematch with Shawnee, administering an 102-71 beat down to the Saints.
When the teams first met on November 21 in Ullin, Shawnee edged the Volunteers 84-82 in overtime behind 30 points from Sayveon McEwen. Logan shot just 40 percent from the field while the Saints canned 50 percent.
This time, the differences couldn’t have been more stark. The Vols (17-4, 8-3) buried Shawnee under a barrage of corner 3s, canning 12 for the night. The Saints (13-6, 7-3) couldn’t shoot it, couldn’t get a stop and couldn’t handle the ball.
“We knew what they were going to do,” Shawnee coach John Sparks said, “but we were just flat. They have some great 3-point shooters and we weren’t in the same zip code when they caught it.”
Jonah Jackson and Jaiveon Eaves canned five each for Logan, Eaves finishing with a game-high 28 points on only 19 shot attempts. Jackson hit for 15, while Vonnie Patterson and Romelo Burrell scored 16 points apiece.
David Sloan made just 2-of-11 shots, but nearly finished with a triple-double. Sloan dished out 13 of the Vols’ 24 assists to go along with eight points and nine rebounds.
But sixth-year Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters kept raving about his team’s defense and maturity.
“Those were the biggest differences tonight,” he said. “Last time we played, we were full of themselves. We thought we could walk on water and we were down 17 at their place. Tonight, we showed what we can do when we defend.”
For 13 minutes, nothing hinted at this kind of a blowout. Both teams contested everything in the halfcourt. The Saints showed off their athleticism with some of their eight blocked shots, including one by Adam Saeed that belonged on an And-One mix-tape.
But then the Vols started scoring. Patterson’s 3-pointer finished an 8-0 spurt that made it 27-16 and forced a Shawnee timeout. The lead grew to 42-28 at the half.
Logan stepped squarely on the Saints’ neck to open the second half. Sloan drilled a 3 on the Vols’ first possession, initiating a 27-7 run that Eaves finished with a corner 3 with just over 13 minutes left for a 69-35 spread.
The only suspense from there was whether Logan would reach 100 points for the ninth time. Will Keller’s layup with 45.0 seconds took care of that.
“Shawnee’s a good team,” Smithpeters said, “but they shot high 30s tonight. The easiest thing they got against us was a free throw.”
Daniel Soetan tallied 18 points for the Saints and Gentrell Taylor hit for 14.