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#7 Trailblazers Avenge Early Season Loss by Pummeling Rival John A. Logan

Entering the game this evening, the #7 nationally ranked Vincennes University Trailblazers had only lost one contest in 24 tries this season. That loss came on December 10th at John A. Logan. In what was a physical game the Trailblazers managed to thwart their rival behind 4 blazers in double-figures scoring, 34 points from sophomore sensation Chris Darrington, and a big double-double from Dainius Chatkevicius.

The atmosphere was electric at the VU P.E. Complex right from the tip. John Logan managed to score on their first possession as sophomore Allen Billinger knocked down a contested jumper to give the Volunteers a 2-to-nothing lead over the Trailblazers. Sophomore Guard Chris Darrington would answer the very next possession by knocking down a 3, and would proceed to score VU’s first 6-points of the night. He and fellow sophomore Nate Hansen would explode early in the 1st, helping the Blazers stretch a lead to 13 points, 22-to-9 with 12:51 remaining in the 1st half of play.

Vincennes would extend that lead to as many as 15 with 7 minutes to play before taking their largest lead of the game of 17 points into the half with a 46-to-29 lead over John A. Logan. Darrington and Hansen were electric in the first-half, combing for 32 of the Trailblazers 46 points, and 20 and 12 a-piece.

However, Johnny Logan was not going down without a fight. The Vols came out of the locker room at half-time swinging. They would get a big bucket from sophomore Chad Culbreath, and start the second-half on a run of their own, cutting the Trailblazers lead to 8, 51-to-43, with 16:07 left to play. Darrington would knock down one of his three triples in the ball-game to stop the bleeding for Vincennes, but it would be freshman Isaiah Tisdale and sophomore Dainius Chatkevicius who would bring the blazers home down the stretch. Tisdale would score 14 of his 18 points in the second-half, and Chatkevicius would score 7 of his 13, and pull down 7 of his 13 rebounds to help VU outlast their rival John A. Logan to win by 14, 93-to-79, and win their 23rd game of the season.

Four Blazers scored in double-figures on the evening. Chris Darrington led VU with a game-high 34 points, his 4th time scoring over 30 this season. Nate Hansen would join his backcourt running mate in putting up big numbers scoring by dumping in 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc, and wrestling away 8 rebounds. Isaiah Tisdale chipped in 18 points, and Dainius Chatkevicius would round-out the Blazers in double-figures by racking up a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The #7 Trailblazers will return to action Wednesday at the VU P.E. Complex against a Lewis & Clark team that finds themselves fighting to stay above .500 at 12-and-10 on the year. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. EST! Go VU!

For full box score see: http://njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/2016-17/div1/boxscores/20170213_ekpv.xml

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