7 was enough; Eagles top Borden
Coming into a rivalry game Friday night within the Southern Athletic Conference, Lanesville used the 3-point shot early to build a lead against Borden.
Triples by Joe Ferree and Luke Ferguson ‘ two of Lanesville’s five seniors ‘ ignited the offense from the get-go. The 9-0 start for the Eagles, along with a 33-point night from Ferree, lifted Lanesville to an 81-69 triumph in front of the Lanesville faithful.
The win ended seven straight victories by the Braves in the series. Lanesville’s last win was 62-53 during the 2009-10 season.
‘Joe hit some shots early and Luke Ferguson hit a 3, and it got Borden on their heels defensively,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘We spread the floor more, and we attacked the basket. Elijah (Wilkin) had a big game inside.’
Setting the pace early, the Eagles led 19-12 after one quarter then extended the margin to 36-23 at the half.
‘Defensively, we were pretty sound,’ Miller said. ‘It was a packed house; a sectional atmosphere, which it usually is when we play them.’
As a team, the Eagles hit nine 3-pointers. Ferree accounted for five, while Ferguson had two.
In the paint, Lanesville took advantage of its size compared to the guard-oriented Braves with Wilkin in the post. He scored 16 points, making 5-of-6 field goals. He also netted all six free-throw attempts.
As a team, Lanesville shot 86 percent at the charity stripe, going 24 for 28.
Ferguson closed with nine points, while Evan Ash added seven. Riley Cook dished eight assists.
‘Any time you beat a good team, it’s good momentum and builds confidence,’ Miller said. ‘They had won seven in a row against us, and we talked to the kids about the streak. It’s exciting, but we had a lot of kids play well.’
Borden had two high scorers with Caleb Hart and Nathan Bachman scoring 30 and 28 points, respectively.
The next night, Lanesville traveled to Paoli and ended another series losing streak. The Eagles had dropped five in a row to Paoli, including two meetings last season.
Although the Eagles didn’t shoot as well on the road, they used another fast start (21-9 first quarter) to beat the Rams 57-36.
‘You worry about the second game of a double-header weekend especially coming off a tough win,’ Miller said. ‘We didn’t shoot as well, but, defensively, we were solid. We rebounded well and got scoring from a lot of guys.’
Eight different Lanesville players scored, led by Ferree (20 points) and Wilkin (10 points). Wilkin lumped his points into a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds while blocking two shots.
Cook closed with nine points and five assists.
Off to a 4-0 record, Miller said the offense is where it needs to be at this point in the season. The Eagles are averaging 71 points per game.
‘The offense is OK so far, but we need to clean up some things defensively,’ he said. ‘They are doing what is asked of them, to make it a full-court game. We’ve done well to get the rebound and go.’
The veteran coach is looking for consistency in each outing, to show toughness and play hard.
‘I attribute our play with our effort in practice,’ Miller said. ‘They go hard in practice, and it’s led by our seniors.’
Lanesville will return to action Saturday when the Eagles travel to Medora for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Borden 12 11 16 30 ‘ 69
Lanesville 19 17 22 23 ‘ 81
Borden (2-1, 0-1 SAC) ‘ C. Hart 30, Bachman 28, Magallanes 7, Arnett 2, N. Hart 2.
Lanesville (3-0, 1-0) ‘ Ferree 33, Wilkin 16, Ferguson 9, Ash 7, Daly 6, Cook 6, Beach 4.
3-point goals ‘ Borden 9 (Bachman 6, C. Hart 2, Magallanes); Lanesville 9 (Ferree 5, Ferguson 2, Ash, Cook).
Lanesville 21 9 17 10 ‘ 57
Paoli 9 11 6 10 ‘ 36
Lanesville (4-0) ‘ Ferree 20, Wilkin 10, Cook 9, Beach 6, Ash 5, Ferguson 3, Bailey 2, Daly 2.
3-point goals ‘ Lanesville 7 (Ferree 4, Cook 2, Ferguson).