Archive for Saturday, January 27, 2007

Fantastic fourth quarter lifts LHS freshman boys over Bonner Springs

Lions outscore Braves 16-0 in final period for win

January 27, 2007

— For three quarters Friday night the Bonner Springs freshman boys basketball team had Lansing High on the ropes.

Then the fourth quarter started and the Lions delivered a whopping come-from-behind knockout punch. After struggling defensively earlier in the week, they smothered the Braves all over the court and didn't allow an uncontested shot. The Braves also melted down and went zero-for-nine at the free throw line during the final quarter.

When it was all over, Lansing had shut out Bonner in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 46-38 victory.

The teams played even for the first quarter, but Bonner made a 15-8 run in the second quarter and led 27-20 at halftime. The Braves' lead grew to double-digits at 40-30 by the end of the third quarter, but that's when the Lions locked down and took control.

Lansing picked up its defensive pressure, and it also produced its best offensive quarter of the game. Kenneth Ritchie sank four free throws, Ben Kozak made a basket and two free throws and Brian Beall swished a three-pointer and a free throw. Travon Hunt and Jacob Davis also scored as LHS outscored Bonner 16-0 in the quarter for the victory.

Kozak led LHS with eight points, Pitsenbarger and Davis each had seven, Ritchie and James Johnson scored six apiece, Kyle Murphy scored four, Kurt Weber had four and Hunt added four.

Lansing (4-4) next plays De Soto at 10:15 a.m. today in the fifth-place game of the Lansing Freshman Tournament. The Lions are seeking their third straight victory.

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