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  • Jaiveon Eaves goes in for a layup Wednesday night.

    Jaiveon Eaves goes in for a layup Wednesday night.
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  • David Sloan

    David Sloan
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  • Jaiveon Eaves

    Jaiveon Eaves
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  • Jonah Jackson

    Jonah Jackson
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  • Aaron Twist

    Aaron Twist
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  • Ronnie Carson

    Ronnie Carson
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  • David Sloan

    David Sloan
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  • Derek Hawthorne Jr.

    Derek Hawthorne Jr.
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  • Kyle Smithpeters

    Kyle Smithpeters
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updated: 2/1/2018 3:55 AM

CARTERVILLE -- The current permutation of the John A. Logan College men's basketball team is pretty scary. In a good way. In a highly entertaining way.

The Volunteers put on quite a show Wednesday night in gaining a measure of revenge against Shawnee Community College. Logan lost to the Saints earlier this season in overtime but administered a 102-71 whipping in the rematch at Brewer Gymnasium.

"Our mentality has changed," said JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters. "We've flipped that switch and seen how good we can be as a team, especially when we lock down defensively.

"Now we just have to do it all the time."

Logan is now 17-4 overall and 8-3 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. Shawnee dropped to 13-5 and 7-2.

In the first meeting just before Thanksgiving, Shawnee had 21 offensive rebounds and Sayveon McEwen scored 30 points. On Wednesday night, the Saints had just eight offensive rebounds and McEwen scored seven points.

Jaiveon Eaves scored 28 points to lead Logan's charge, including five 3-pointers. Jonah Jackson also hit five 3-pointers for 15 points, while Vonnie Patterson and Romelo Burrell both had 16 points.

Then there was electric point guard David Sloan, who had eight points, nine rebounds and 13 of Logan's 24 assists.

"David brings so much to the table other than points," Smithpeters said. "He creates for everyone else and tonight he had his best defensive game."

Derek Hawthorne Jr. added eight points, including a nasty monster dunk, and Ronnie Carson went 0-for-5 from the field but had three free throws and drew high praise from his head coach.

"Ronnie and Hawthorne didn't have their best scoring games but they were great defensively," Smithpeters said. "Even though they weren't shooting well, they were the first ones to stand up for their teammates."

Jackson came off the bench and his first 3-pointer broke a 9-9 tie, then he hit three more before halftime with Patterson and Eaves also dropping in treys in the opening stanza.

"Those shots took a lot of their guts out," Smithpeters said.

The first half ended with Burrell tipping in a missed layup attempt by Sloan at the buzzer. Logan went into the break with a 42-28 lead but that shot started a 29-7 run for the Volunteers.

Sloan opened the second half with a triple and then Eaves went bonkers with shots from all sides of the court as Logan opened up a 34-point lead at 69-35 with just six minutes gone in the second half. Five straight from Eaves pushed the lead to 88-52.

The bench went crazy when reserve Will Keller put in a layup to make it 100-71 in the final minute.

"These guys are selfless," Smithpeters said. "They get so happy for each other."

Daniel Soetan led Shawnee with 18 points and Gentrell Taylor had 14.

Logan hosts Rend Lake on Saturday.

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