Mattoon boys basketball leads it opponents in every statistical category except one this season.
The Green Wave have an advantage in each of the following:
- Field-goal percentage: 47% vs. 43%
- 3-point percentage: 37% vs 33%
- 3-pointers made: 117-94
- Free-throw percentage: 67% vs 63%
- Total rebounds: 445-421, about 1.5 more per game
- Total points: 934-928.
Yet Mattoon is currently 5-10, perhaps because, as a frustrated coach Ryan Ghere said Friday after losing a close game to Charleston: “We just find ways to lose at the end.”
Ghere said that his team needs to play more disciplined. That might mean reducing errors. Turnovers are the one stat category where the Green Wave are at a disadvantage, having made 43 more than opponents – a difference of about 2.8 a game. To blame turnovers, of course, would be too simplistic. Turnovers did not have a major impact on Friday’s 53-49 loss to Charleston because the Green Wave made only one more with 14 total.
Senior guard Dalton Compton, who has converted an impressive 93.9 percent of his free throws, made all four attempts in Friday’s game, and junior guard Cam’Rom Thomas made five-of-five for a third-best FT percentage at 68.8.
Compton scored relative to his season averages in Friday’s game – 14 points, two 3-pointers and two rebounds vs. 13.2/2.2/3.4.
Compton leads the team in scoring, followed by Thomas (13.2), junior guard Meade Johnson (11.5) and sophomore center Sam Bradbury (9.8).
Bradbury leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 and grabbing eight last Friday.
Johnson is second in both rebounds (4.7 rpg) and free-throw percentage (75%). Johnson, though, is out for the season after an injury in the Christmas Classic. No doubt the Green Wave point guard’s absence has impacted Mattoon in multiple ways.
Here are several other Mattoon stats provided by 101.3 WMCI, where you can hear Green Wave basketball with Greg Powers and Andy Zavarella as Mattoon plays host to Mahomet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.