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Surging Lanesville scores two more wins

Surging Lanesville scores two more wins
Surging Lanesville scores two more wins
Lanesville's Nic Acton, right, goes flying after a shot in the lane. He collided with Restoration Christian's Lucas Hazelwood, left, but still made the basket in Friday night's win by the Eagles. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Restoration Christian’s boys basketball team fought like the lions that serve as its mascot Friday night in Lanesville, but they couldn’t escape the Eagles’ sharp talons.
Lanesville (5-3) got off in rare fashion, taking a 24-10 lead into the second quarter. In only one other game have the Eagles got off to such a good start. That proved to be crucial later when Restoration bombed three-pointer after three-pointer to rally from an 18-point hole in the second quarter to the final score of 76-73.
“The good start got us going, and it proved how important that is in a basketball game. We can’t get off to a poor start against good teams and expect to overcome it. Tonight was a perfect example,” said Lanesville coach Mikel Miller. “If we don’t get going early, we probably don’t win.
“Everybody showed a lot of character when (Restoration Christian) made their run and everybody who was in the game did what they were expected to do.”
Lanesville picked up its third win in a row after an 0-2 start. Both of those losses to Corydon Central and Providence could have been wins, Miller said. “If we get going earlier, we probably win those games. Instead, we were sluggish and it cost us in the end.”
The Eagles will travel to Elizabeth this Thursday night at 6 p.m. to face off against the No. 2-ranked (Class 1A) South Central Rebels. After that matchup, Lanesville won’t play again until Jan. 4, 2002 when it hosts Eastern in a Southern Athletic Conference battle.
The Lions got on the board first on a bucket by Chad Curry. Seniors Justin Ferguson and Nic Acton answered to put Lanesville on top, 7-2.
After a three by Brandon Combs and two free throws by Bobby Clayton, the Eagles went on a 17-3 run to the first rest. Along the way, Josh Walter had a bucket, Michael Noon had a regular field goal and a three, Acton scored four points, and Ferguson, Andrew Denny and Nic Geswein had two apiece in the period.
The Eagles opened the second with a 6-2 spurt to open an 18-point lead, but the offense sputtered later as Restoration made a charge to cut the damage to seven points at the half, 43-36.
Neither team had much offense in the second quarter, but things changed in the final set. Restoration’s Clayton, Combs and Curry all bombed threes from well beyond the bonus stripe, but a 13 of 16 effort on fourth-quarter free throws by Lanesville turned back the Lions.
Ferguson was a perfect 6-6 at the line and had 17 points, Nic Acton had 16, Geswein 10 and Denny six on 4-4 on foul shots. Noon contributed seven points and Isaac Wernert notched six for the Eagles, which went 26 of 52 from the floor and 22 of 28 overall on free throws. The Lions were 28 of 67 from the field, nine of 18 on charity tries and eight of 27 on threes.
Lanesville finished with 27 assists, including 18 in the first half.
Miller had no explanation for the letdown late in the contest.
“We had some pretty good shots, we just missed them. For whatever reason, the shots just weren’t falling. At the half, we made some adjustments on defense and offense and told the guys that we wanted to be more patient and not turn the ball over as much,” Miller said. “I never really felt like the game was getting out of hand because we’d come back at the other end, make some passes and — boom, boom, boom — it’s a score or we were going to the line.”
The Lions were led in scoring by Clayton’s 22 (including four threes) and Hazelwood’s 18. Combs had 10 as well.
The following night the Eagles hosted a physical Perry Central ball club and came away with a 12-point win, 83-71.
Three strong quarters of play helped resist a Commodore comeback in the fourth period as Acton netted 26. Ferguson had 14 and Geswein and Walter both chipped in with nine apiece.
Perry Central (1-3), which hosts North Harrison Friday night, was paced by Jared Guillame’s 28 and Shon Hubert’s 11.