Eagles take big step towards title
Lanesville’s hopes of landing a Southern Athletic Conference championship were increased on Friday night after it turned back visiting Borden, 64-56, in front of a packed house.
For the second consecutive game, junior guard Chris VanHoose topped the 30-point mark, scoring 31 to follow a 30-point night in a loss to Clarksville three days earlier.
But the offensive explosion by his star guard wasn’t what entirely carried the Eagles, said head coach Mikel Miller.
‘Chris had another great game, but the other players around him stepped up, too. They didn’t do that against Clarksville and I think that’s why we lost. We got caught up watching him,’ Miller said. ‘(Matthew) Beckman played a solid game, (Taylor) Hess got in there, (Jonathan) Robinson and (Tom) Richmer got us some rebounds and baskets inside and (Craig) Barnickle hit a big three. We got contributions from a lot of people in a lot of different ways.’
The two clubs tussled through a fast and furious first eight minutes, which ended with a 7-2 run by Borden to go up, 17-12.
A three-ball from Matthew Vick extended the lead to 20-12, however Lanesville bounced back like a prize fighter.
Robinson and Beckman scored, followed by 10 points by VanHoose. A three by VanHoose with 1:53 showing put Lanesville on top, 25-22, and brought on a Borden time out.
In the final minute, Lanesville held possession and looked for the final shot of the opening half. VanHoose penetrated with six seconds showing and drew a trio of Braves defenders before dumping the ball to Richmer.
Richmer put in a quick deuce and set the halftime score at 27-22.
‘I really felt like the first quarter we didn’t execute our offense very well. The second quarter we really worked the ball and made them work on defense and we got a lot of scoring just by moving the ball. We were able to get inside and do some things and that hurt them,’ Miller said. ‘That basket by Richmer was big heading into the half. That put us up five.’
Borden eventually came back to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, however a couple of quick baskets by Evan Bridges (including an old-fashioned three) effectively put the match away.
Lanesville was 24 of 48 from the field, 2-8 on threes and sank 13 of 16 foul shots. The Eagles dominated the glass, 36-23.
Borden went 23 of 52 from the floor, including a mark of 8-20 on threes. The Braves got to the line just five times, converting two.
Turnovers were awash at 14 apiece.
After VanHoose’s 31, Beckman came through with 11 points, followed by Bridges and Robinson with five apiece.
Borden was paced by the 18 points of Ryan Ooley, 13 by Baker and 12 from Matthew Vick.
The Eagles host Eastern on Friday and then travel to Medora on Saturday.
Both games begin at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity contests.