Prep Boys Basketball

Prep Notebook: Mark Twain boys basketball becoming road warriors

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 23, 2017 10:10 am

The Mark Twain boys basketball team can't wait to be home again.

It's been nearly two months -- Nov. 29 in a 45-44 victory against Palmyra -- since the Tigers have played in front of a home crowd.

Since then, Mark Twain has played 11 consecutive games away from home, including games at the Monroe City Tournament in early December and this week's Tony Lenzini Tournament in Palmyra.

"Luckily our games haven't been too far away," Mark Twain coach Wade Proffitt said. "But it's always good to get back home especially after two months."

Mark Twain had three home games in a four-day span postponed because of weather. Two of them were home games -- against Clopton (Dec. 16) and Bowling Green (Dec. 19). Both those games are rescheduled for early February. A third home game against Wellsville on Jan. 13 was postponed to Jan. 25.

Mark Twain's next home game is scheduled for Tuesday against Canton -- 55 days after its last home game.

While the Tigers have spent ample amounts of time on the bus going to games since late November, it's also allowed the players to get some extra bonding time.

"We build the program around family," Proffitt said. "We're around each other eight hours a day in school then 2 1/2 hours after school. It's a really good time for them to grow with each other."

Mark Twain is 5-6 in the 11 road games and 7-6 overall.

Proffitt also said having to make up home games for later in the season can be an advantage.

"It's kind of exciting for the kids to have a lot of home games on the back end of the schedule," Proffitt said. "It's a long season and it's a grind. Just having that home environment will help us when we need that extra push."

Canton's Logsdon eclipses 1,000 points

Lance Logsdon benefited from getting big minutes as a freshman on the Canton boys basketball team.

Two years later, he's reaping the rewards.

With a 29-point game against Van-Far in the opening round of the Tony Lenzini Tournament, the junior scored his 1,000th career point.

"All the defenses were worried about Gabe (McKenzie), Cameron (Durst) and Logan Brown his freshman year," Canton coach Andy Anderson said. "He found a role he could play off of and settled in. The more he and (Koy Smith) scored, the better we got and we ended up at the state tournament."

Since then, Logsdon has become an offensive weapon for Canton. He's currently averaging 18 points per game this season.

"He can score from the 3-point line, he can post up and he's got a good mid-range game he's worked on," Anderson said. "He's also a really good free throw shooter. He can score in a lot of different ways for us."

Voss, Marlow named to all-WIT team

Central's Lane Marlow and Payson Seymour's Trevor Voss were named to the all-tournament team at the Winchester Invitational Tournament.

Central and Payson squared off for the WIT consolation championship, and the Panthers won 57-45.

Marlow scored 10 points in the victory as four Central players scored in double figures.

Voss was held to just four points in the contest, but scored a game-high 21 points in a victory over Pleasant Hill to advance to the consolation title game.

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