Middle School hoops squads win big against Xavier
It is rare to see a shutout on the basketball court, but the Lansing Middle School eighth-grade boys had one going for two quarters Monday against Xavier. LMS won the game 43-7.
The Lions (5-4) played tenacious defense and used a balanced attack from post players Ben Kozak and Richie O'Donnell to take a 24-0 lead into halftime. Kozak and O'Donnell combined for 18 points during the first two quarters.
Tyler Gates drained back-to-back three-pointers to start the third quarter. That pushed Lansing's lead to 30-0. Xavier finally ended its scoring drought with 3:58 left in the quarter.
Kozak finished with 12 points and O'Donnell had 10. Gates added eight, Kurt Weber had five, Preston Rooker scored four, and Kyle Murphy and Brian Beall added two apiece.
In the seventh-grade boys' game, the score was closer but still lopsided in Lansing's favor. The Lions won 39-11.
After falling behind 2-0, LMS seized control with an 11-2 run to close the quarter. The Lions forced seven turnovers during that stretch and turned them into six fast-break points.
Lansing led 18-6 at halftime and extended its lead to 28-10 after three quarters.
Matt Stratton led the Lions with a game-high eight points. Caleb McQuillan added six, Chris Rathjen scored five, Calvin Schneider had four, Brett Brown and Mikey Grote had three apiece, and Dakota Fox, Ryan O'Donnell, Tyler Terron, Sean Tweet and Ethan Johnson each scored two.