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Final12/3/11

The Meridian Bobcats basketball team won Saturday's home non-conference game against Lovejoy by a score of 81-45.

Game Details: Byassee Hall in Mounds, IL

Q1Q2Q3Q4Final
Lovejoy51991245
Meridian1520222481
  • Box Score
  • Recap
  • Matchup

Game Stats

Lovejoy has not entered stats for this game.
Meridian

Scoring

#Athlete NamePtsFGFGAFG%
Team Totals8136
14Damarko Ransom (Sr)73
21J. Johnson, Jr. (Sr)2210
23Cameron Ballard (Sr)2411
25Eric Vassar (Sr)21
35David Davis (Fr)42
40Joshua Jones (Jr)73
41Meekial Steele (So)63
42J. McClellan (Sr)1
45Gregory Hopkins (Jr)83
Meridian

Three-Pointers

#Athlete Name3FG3FGA3FG%
Team Totals4
14Damarko Ransom (Sr)1
21J. Johnson, Jr. (Sr)1
45Gregory Hopkins (Jr)2
Meridian

Two-Pointers

#Athlete Name2FG2FGA2FG%
Team Totals32
14Damarko Ransom (Sr)2
21J. Johnson, Jr. (Sr)9
23Cameron Ballard (Sr)11
25Eric Vassar (Sr)1
35David Davis (Fr)2
40Joshua Jones (Jr)3
41Meekial Steele (So)3
45Gregory Hopkins (Jr)1
Meridian

Free Throws

#Athlete NameFTFTAFT%
Team Totals51145
21J. Johnson, Jr. (Sr)11100
23Cameron Ballard (Sr)22100
40Joshua Jones (Jr)1250
42J. McClellan (Sr)1425
43David Edwards (Sr)020
Meridian

Rebs, Asst, Steals and TOs

#Athlete NameOffDefTot RebAstStlsTO
Team Totals212647261811
14Damarko Ransom (Sr)123314
21J. Johnson, Jr. (Sr)5611462
23Cameron Ballard (Sr)426551
25Eric Vassar (Sr)1
35David Davis (Fr)33651
40Joshua Jones (Jr)2468
41Meekial Steele (So)11252
42J. McClellan (Sr)4591
43David Edwards (Sr)11
45Gregory Hopkins (Jr)1231
Meridian

Blocks, Charges and Fouls

#Athlete NameBlkDeflChrgPFTF
Team Totals57
14Damarko Ransom (Sr)2
21J. Johnson, Jr. (Sr)4
35David Davis (Fr)2
42J. McClellan (Sr)12
45Gregory Hopkins (Jr)1

Game Story

Illinois High School Basketball - Lovejoy overwhelmed by Meridian

December 3, 2011: Mounds, IL 62964

The Lovejoy Wildcats basketball team (Lovejoy, IL), was routed 81-45 in Saturday's non-league battle with the host Meridian Bobcats (Mounds, IL)

With the win, Meridian upgrades its record to 7-0 on the season. The Bobcats host Vienna (Vienna, IL) to encounter the Eagles in a non-league bout on Tuesday, December 6. The Eagles go into the bout with a record of 1-2.

Next up, the Wildcats encounter the Sumner Bulldogs (St. Louis, MO) in a non-league bout, on Monday, December 12. Lovejoy will attempt to upgrade on its 2-5 season record.

Coaches Summary

First Quarter

Despite the fact that shooting guard Cameron Ballard scored eight points and 6'4" swingman Jerry Johnson adding the remaining seven of Meridian's fifteen first quarter tallies allowing the 'Cats to lead 15-5, the first period was probably the Bobcats poorest quarter of the year. Too many defensive mistakes, rushed three point attempts, turnovers and failues to finish on point blank shots.

Second Quarter

The Wildcats of Lovejoy and the Bobcats of Meridian played virtually an even second period with Meridian outscoring the visitors by a single tally as they took an eleven point advantage to the locker room at half time. DaMarko Ransom who had sat out most of the first period because he was called for two personal fouls in the first three minutes of the game, scored seven points in a two minute span as six Bobcats found their way into the score book helping the 'Cats to at 35-24 half time lead.

Third Quarter

The third stanza was once again the Cam Ballard and Jerry Johnson show as Cam tallied ten and JJ added nine more helping the Bobcats to a commanding 57-33 lead as Meridian outscored the visitors 22-9 during the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

As it has been the pattern through the previous six games of this season the fourth quarter belonged to the Bobcat subs as they contributed 16 of the 24 points scored in the period by the host team. Greg Hopkins stroked a duo of three pointers and 6'4" sopomore, Meekiel Steele, added three more buckets as the Meridian subs kept the running game going to the final buzzer with the scoreboard reading 83-45 in favor of the home team.

Rankings & Records

L

Lovejoy (11-12)

NationalILClass
13,833574101
OverallHomeAwayNeutralWin %PFPA
7-162-10-25-13.3041,1311,383

Meridian (11-12)

NationalILClass
3,1601735
OverallConferenceHomeAwayNeutralWin %Conference %PFPA
28-36-08-18-012-2.9031.0002,3571,614

Team Scoring Averages

Season AveragesQ1Q2Q3Q4OT1Final
Lovejoy4.712.011.017.3-49.2
Meridian19.020.017.918.712.076.0

Team Stat Comparison

LovejoyMeridian
-Points Per Game76.0
-Rebounds Per Game34.7
-Assists Per Game19.7
-Steals Per Game17.0
-Blocks Per Game5.1

Team Leaders

LovejoyMeridianNational Avg.
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Points Per Game#40 Joshua Jones15.14.9
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Rebounds Per Game#21 Jerry Johnson, Jr.7.12.6
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Assists Per Game#23 Cameron Ballard4.81.0
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Steals Per Game#21 Jerry Johnson, Jr.4.3.8
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Blocks Per Game#21 Jerry Johnson, Jr.3.5.3

Common Opponents

SchoolCommon Opp. Rec.SchoolCommon Opp. Rec.
Lovejoy0-2Meridian3-0
DateAwayHomeResultDateAwayHomeResult
12/17/11LovejoyCairo(L) 76-622/24/12CairoMeridian(W) 76-58
1/14/12LovejoyEgyptian(L) 77-6212/9/11MeridianEgyptian(W) 70-52
1/21/12EgyptianMeridian(W) 65-55

Record Breakdown

L

Lovejoy (11-12)

Meridian (11-12)

7-16
Overall
28-3
0-0
League
6-0
6-15
Non-League
8-1
0-1
Head to Head
1-0
0-2
Common Opponent
3-0
2-1
Home
8-1
0-2
Away
8-0
5-13
Neutral
12-2
0-0
Playoff
4-1
4-11
In-State
25-2
3-5
Out-of-State
3-1