The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

December 8, 2012

Preppers debut with big win at Lakeside

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — When the Lakeside and University School boys basketball teams went to their respective locker rooms tied at the half, they were two teams headed in decidedly different directions.

The Preppers returned from the break and more than doubled the offensive output of the Dragons and coasted to a 72-47 victory at Lakeside Gymnasium.

“It was our first game,” senior post Sam Bentz said. “I think we just got warmed up (for the second half). Coach emphasized defense. We held them to 17 points, I think, in the second half. That’s a good number.”

“I think it just took a little while to get the rust off,” US coach Terry Lipford. “We were just trying to get our game legs (in the first half). We were careless with the ball and we quit throwing it all over the gym.

“We also needed to tighten up the defense. We played much better defensively in the second half.”

University (1-0, 1-0 in Premier Athletic Conference) used a pair of free throws from D’Andre Austin and a 3-pointer from Bentz to force a 30-30 tie at the break. The Preppers then opened the second half on a 12-0 run to go up 42-30 with 3:36 to play in the third period.

“We were just flat for whatever reason,” Lakeside coach Mark Taylor said. “I felt they were the stronger, tougher team. They pounced on every loose ball. They had crisp execution on offense and there was a lid on the basket for us. We couldn’t make a shot. Then they beat us on the boards.

“Everything just slipped in the second half for us. It was inexplicable. They really outworked us.”

On top of all that, the Dragons last two key pieces to injuries. Kyle Downs left the game in the first half with a broken wrist and Cole Farr may have broken his right ankle in the second half.

“There was a weird spell on our team,” Taylor said as he was being updated on the players’ situations by Lakeside trainer Lauren Sposito. “Downs shattered his left arm and he’s probably out for the year. Farr busted up his ankle and he’s probably out.

“It’s two broken bones most likely.”

That 12-0 run to start the third period contained key 3-pointers from Bentz and Curtis Black, from nearly the exact same spot on the floor, a pair of buckets from 6-foot-7 post Matt Gibbons and two free throws from Frank Calo.

“That’s the coaches and our point guard, De’Andre Austin,” Bentz said. “We stepped up and got every ball. We stepped up in the second half. Coach ran some plays for me and Gibbons and some of the other guys.

“We executed well in the second half.”

The Dragons (0-3, 0-1) were 2-12 (16.7 percent) from the field in the third quarter and 4-25 (16 percent) in the second half after going 14-30 (46.7 percent) in the first half.

“The first half was excellent,” Taylor said. “We jumped on them quick. The intensity was outstanding. We ran our offense well. We played defense seamlessly. We attacked them well on defense.

“We jumped their passing lanes and that led to some runouts and layups.”

Bentz led the Preppers with 23 points, Austin added 14 and Gibbons scored 10.

Emonte Parks paced the Dragons with 15 points and Farr and Downs each scored seven before leaving the contest.

A 3-pointer from Downs and a putback from Parks put the Dragons up, 21-16, with 5:36 to play in the half. They took a 25-18 lead following a jumper from Farr and bucket from Tristan Bradley with 4:38 remaining in the half.              

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Olivia In transition

    Pymatuning Valley graduate Olivia Holt had a distinct reason she chose to play basketball for Mount Union.
    “They do have tradition,” Holt, the daughter of Gus and Michelle Holt, said. “I’m from PV. We had a tradition of winning and working hard there. I wanted to go somewhere that tradition mattered. I knew I was going to get better by coming here.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Spring has sprung one big leak

    Paying a Wednesday morning visit to the variety store...

    Think spring?
    If this, um, err, uh... spring... feels a bit unusual for high school baseball and softball teams in Northeast Ohio, it is, to a point.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    TENNIS
    NON-CONFERENCE
    St. John 4, Euclid 1
    at Pine Lake

    April 16, 2014

  • tennis Scholastic Schedule:

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
    Baseball

    PV at Ledgemont (4:30)
    North at Geneva (4:30)
    Riverside at Chardon (4:30)
    Jefferson at Lakeview (5)

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Baldwin Mustang to a Quaker

    As a junior, Grand Valley’s Luke Baldwin got a shot to play linebacker for the Mustangs because of an injury to a starter.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Kids’ stuff but, boy, was it a blast!

    I have no idea why I thought of this, just now, but I did.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NAC
    Chalker 4, Grand Valley 3
    at Chalker

    April 15, 2014

  • Megan Stech Scholastic Schedule:

    TUESDAY, APRIL 15
    Baseball

    Geneva at Conneaut (4:30)
    Grand Valley at Windham (4:30)
    Edgewood at Niles (5)
    Maplewood at PV (4:30)
    Perry at West Geauga (4:30)
    Jefferson at Hubbard (5)

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACBF POY Hoops celebration

    The Conneaut Human Resources Center was the place to be for local basketball aficionados on Sunday afternoon.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACBF HOF HOFers very appreciative

    Members of the Star Beacon All-Ashtabula County teams had a rare chance to listen to the stories of the players who came before them. Hearing the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame inductees speak at the 2014 Awards Dinner at the Conneaut Human Resources Center on Sunday put their careers in perspective.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Week in Review January 10 and 11
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video