Lions snap skid, beat Silver Lake
LHS boys will face Tongie for fifth place Saturday
Tonganoxie After a quarter of play Thursday at the Tonganoxie Invitational, the Lansing boys team looked as though its losing skid could reach five games against Silver Lake in a consolation match-up.
The Lions responded in the second quarter and never looked back.
Trailing 15-10 after the first quarter, the Lions went on a 10-1 run. Lansing went ahead, 19-17, and would lead the rest of the game. During that crucial second quarter, Lansing's inside game came to life and continued into the second half. The Lions won the game, 56-41, and improved to 3-6 on the season. David Kern scored a game-high 20 points, while Jeff Slater chipped in another 18 in the winning effort.
Silver Lake's 6-8 senior, Erick Ure, frustrated Slater early on in the post, blocking a shot on one possession and forcing a jump ball in the next.
As his final scoring indicated, Slater got on track. As for Ure, foul trouble kept him on the bench during more of the second half.
Silver Lake, which had some success with the 3-pointer in the first half, abandoned the shot in the third quarter. In the fourth, the team relied on the 3 in hopes of making a comeback, but fell short. The Eagles (3-7) went 5-for-17 from behind the arc.
Lansing now will face Tonganoxie at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game in the THS gymnasium. The Chieftains (3-7) snapped their own five-game losing streak with a 47-40 victory against Eudora.