LHS boys rally past Immaculata
The Immaculata boys basketball team lacks the firepower and starpower that it boasted a year ago, but one thing remains unchanged about the Raiders: they always come ready to play when they face the Lansing Lions.
Immaculata gave Lansing all it could handle for three quarters Tuesday night before LHS finally gathered itself, stepped up its defense and rallied for a victory.
Lansing 42, Immaculata 33.
Immaculata opened the game red-hot from the field as it raced to a 12-2 lead during the first six minutes before Lansing finally responded and trimmed the lead to 16-9 by the end of the first quarter.
Three buckets by Jeff Slater and another by Stephen Didde helped the Lions pull within 23-18 at halftime. David Beck, the Raiders' leading scorer, had eight points in the first half.
Intensity was a problem early, LHS coach Don Allen said.
"They came out and they put it on us in the first half," Allen said of Immac. "I think they had it up to 13 or 14 in the first half. They came out ready to play and came right at us, and we just showed up."
LHS (7-8 overall, 5-4 Kaw Valley League) turned up the defensive intensity in the second half, and that proved to be the difference in the game. It held Immaculata to just 10 points in the second half and only one field goal in the fourth quarter. A large part of that had to do with Jeff Jackson's play off the bench, Allen said.
Matt Warner knocked down back-to-back buckets - a jumper and a three-pointer - late in the third quarter that sparked the rally. A bucket by Chris Wagner cut the deficit to two entering the fourth quarter.
In the final eight minutes, the Lions showed more patience on offense, got better looks at the basket and finally found a rhythm. Senior David Kern scored seven points in the fourth quarter and Slater added six. The Lions also hit nine of 10 free throws in the quarter.
"Coming down the stretch, that was probably as well execution-wise offensively as we've finished a basketball game for a little bit," Allen said. "We turned the offense, got the look we wanted, hit the free throws and just finished."
Slater led Lansing with a game-high 18 points, Kern had nine, Wagner scored eight, Warner added five and Didde chipped in two points to go with four rebounds. Jackson didn't score, but he grabbed six rebounds.
Lansing next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tonganoxie (0-15, 0-8)
JV BOYS SQUEAK BY
For the fourth time in five games, the Lansing High junior varsity boys basketball team came out a winner.
Lansing won three straight last week before falling to Mill Valley on Friday. LHS bounced right back Tuesday evening was it squeaked past Immaculata, 51-48.
The Lions trailed by two after the first quarter but saw the deficit grow to seven by halftime, 28-21. A solid third quarter, anchored by six points from sophomore Stephen Didde, pulled the Lions within 39-37.
Tougher defense in the fourth quarter, paired with a balanced scoring attack from Didde, J.T. Collins, Bobby Hauver and Will Johnson, allowed the Lions to pull away in the final minutes.
Didde led LHS with 15 points, Collins had nine and Johnson had six. Hauver, Kris Hernandez, Elias Moya, Chris Hill and Kyle Miller scored four points apiece and P.J. Sigle added one.
The Lansing High freshman boys basketball team took charge early and then hung on late as it beat Immaculata, 48-42, on Tuesday night.
The Lions erupted to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter as Ryan Delich poured in seven points and Curtis Beall and Matt Robbins added five apiece. A chilly second quarter allowed the Raiders to rally within 24-18 by halftime, though.
Lansing spread out its offense in the third quarter as five different players scored during a 12-7 run. That made it 36-25 entering the fourth quarter and the Lions coasted from there.
Robbins led the Lions with 13 points, Delich had nine and Beall and Peter Gibson added seven apiece. Cody Rush and Joe Goll scored four points apiece. Clayton Hall and Cameron Trowbridge each scored two.