Pulaski boys sweep Lincolnwood
Saturday night at home
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[January 23, 2017]
It was a busy day for
basketball at the Ed Butkovich
Gymnasium Saturday in Mount Pulaski.
Following the girls win over Maroa-Forsyth
the boys took to the court in the
evening and swept the Lincolnwood
Lancers in both contests.
For the Junior Varsity game it was
Mount Pulaski winning 39-29 as
Jonathan Shehorn led the way with 18
In the Varsity contest the
Hilltoppers took down the Lancers
57-45 thanks to a career high 25
points from Gezus Oliver.
A great crowd was on hand for this
game, as it was rescheduled from
that weekend in December when the
ice storm hit.
Much nicer, warmer weather brought
out the crowd. And the Hilltoppers
were anything but cold to start this
one, jumping out to an early 11-2
The Lancers were struggling to buy a
bucket but did catch a break when
Seth Foster banked in a long three
at the first quarter buzzer. Mount
Pulaski’s lead was 11-5 at the end
of one quarter of play.
Foster got even hotter for the
Lancers in the second quarter and he
ran off ten points in the eight
minutes of play to keep his team in
Oliver paced the Hilltoppers with
nine points in the quarter,
including a tough three point shot
he got off just seconds before the
halftime buzzer. As Oliver soared
above the defenders the shot glided
through the net and the junior gave
Mount Pulaski a 24-19 lead going
into the locker room.
Oliver continued hitting threes in
the third quarter and at one point
his outstanding offensive effort had
Mount Pulaski up 29-21.
Foster was just as hot as this
January day had been for the
Lancers, and his offensive display
closed the gap to a 31-28 Mount
Pulaski lead with 3:25 left to play
in the third quarter.
Both teams went scoreless for the
next three plus minutes and after
several misses on both ends, Oliver
hit a three with eight seconds
Before the crowd even had a chance
to quit clapping for Oliver, Brandon
Kretzinger stole the ball from the
Lancers and he quickly turned around
and tossed up his own three. His
first and only points of the game
hit the backboard and banked in
nicely, going right through the net.
The crowd roared even more as the
buzzer blew to sound the end of the
third quarter and the home team’s
lead was back up to 37-28.
Leads can always disappear quickly
in high school basketball and the
Lancers sure made a good run in the
fourth quarter. They ran off eight
straight points on Mount Pulaski and
just like that the Hilltoppers
coach, Ryan Deibert, was calling one
timeout after another to try to
settle his team down.
With Lincolnwood back in the game,
trailing a slim 37-36, Mount
Pulaski’s Lukas Aylesworth decided
to take matters into his own hands.
The senior drove to the basket
successfully on two consecutive
possessions and allowed the
Hilltoppers to maintain a 41-38 lead
with 4:28 left to play in the game.
That guy who had been relatively
quiet for the Lancers in the fourth
quarter, Foster, then sank two free
throws, and again Mount Pulaski
called a timeout while holding onto
a 41-40 lead.
Thanks to Aylesworth sinking his
free throws the Hilltoppers could
maintain a lead, 43-40.
Following a nice spin around jump
shot by Peyton Taylor, Mount Pulaski
was up 45-41 and then quite simply,
Oliver took over the game.
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Mount Pulaski’s Gezus Oliver sinks
his free throws at the end of the
game Saturday night. Oliver scored a
career high 25 points and led the
Hilltoppers to a 57-45 win over
Oliver scored ten points in the
final two minutes of play and
secured the 57-45 win for Mount
Oliver's 25 points in the game is
a career high as a Hilltopper.
Taylor tossed in 14 points in the
win, and Aylesworth contributed 13
Mount Pulaski’s record is now 11-8
on the season.
The Hilltoppers host Riverton this
A special note: The evening also
included a ceremony to honor the
1936 and 1976 state basketball
teams. More on that coming in
Tuesday’s edition of Lincoln Daily
Mount Pulaski JV scoring
Lincolnwood JV scoring
Mount Pulaski Varsity scoring
Lincolnwood Varsity scoring