Eagles’ foul shooting powers team past Restoration
After winning just two games in its previous 13 outings, the Lanesville boys’ basketball team celebrated a pair of victories last week.
The first, a 55-41 triumph at Christian Academy of Indiana last Tuesday night, snapped a five-game slide. The latest piece of work was a 60-48 Homecoming decision over Restoration Christian Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest.
‘We shot 26 of 33 at the line, and David Barr was 11-11 and Adam Brown was 9 of 13. We had one more field goal than they did, so the free throw line was the major difference for us,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said.
Neither club could find the range Saturday, with Lanesville (4-11) firing at a 38 percent clip and Restoration even worse at 29 percent. Free throws became the deciding factor as the hosts sank 26 of 33 tries to RC’s 14 of 21.
The visiting Lions (6-9) rattled off the first six points of the game before Jason Ketterer put the Eagles on the board with a basket down low. After swapping out baskets for the rest of the opening period, Ketterer had two free throws to bring Lanesville within two, 13-11.
In the quarter, the hosts were 4-12 from the floor while Restoration went 5-11.
‘That first quarter was kind of slow, but the second quarter we picked it up a little bit. We got more shots to fall, and also we went 10 of 12 from the foul line,’ Miller said. ‘That’s what really gave us our lead, that and good defense.’
Lanesville heated up on both sides of the ball in the second quarter, hitting five of 10 shots, out-rebounding the Lions, 15-8, and holding the visitors to just one field goal in 13 attempts.
Senior guard David Barr sank a three to give Lanesville its first lead of the game, and Restoration’s Robbie Hinkle hit his team’s only field goal in the period to go back on top.
Then Adam Brown ‘ the Eagles’ leading scorer ‘ had four consecutive free throws to give his quintet a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the game.
Lanesville outscored Restoration 14-4 in the next five minutes to lead at the half, 32-20.
The Lions shaved three points off the deficit by the end of the third period, but the hosts came through in the final eight minutes by hitting four of eight shots from the floor and going 11-13 from the line.
Barr was a perfect 11-11 from the line, hit two threes and finished with 25 points. Brown scored 17, and Ketterer had six to round out Lanesville’s top scorers. Sophomore Dave Bachmann scored four points but added rebounding punch against the much-taller Lions.
‘The kids have been playing hard. We’ve been trying to get them to understand that there’s not many teams that have played a tougher schedule to this point, and it’s really getting us ready for the tournament,’ Miller said. ‘Our seniors have shown a lot of leadership and are kids with good, high character that have led us through the tough times.’
Restoration, which out-rebounded Lanesville, 40-36, was led by sophomore big-man Richard Oliver and Cameron Gilkey, who both had 10 points. Dave Smith added nine.
In the 55-41victory over Christian Academy, Brown scored 18 and Barr 13.
Lanesville enjoyed an 18-17 advantage at the half and then exploded offensively in the third quarter to outscore the Warriors 21-9.
Andrew Glass and Kyle Stettensbenz each put in 10 for Christian Academy (3-13).