Big runs fuel Royal men
By Harry Lipsiea
Early on in the 2014-2015 season, the Lake Region State College mens basketball team has showed that it can keep its opponents in check on the defensive side ball. The Royals have also showed the ability to put up a large number of points in a short amount of time to pull away from their opponents.
Both have been key to the team’s 5-0 start. On Wednesday, the Royals used stiff defense and key offensive stretches to run away with an impressive 101-74 victory over Trinity Bible College at home.
It was close early on as both teams went at it. Up by two points with around 10 minutes left in the first half, the Royals went at it.
After a pair of key defensive plays shutting down the Lions’ top player, Lake Region State College sophomore reserve Adante Jones added a bucket and a pair of free throws to give his team a nine-point advantage.
The home team kept it going as Diallo Powell hit a 15-footer and then showed his athleticism driving through the lane and getting above the rim for a lay-in.
A jumper by AJ Nywesh and layup by Kharie Kirkland gave the Royals a 16-point advantage with five minutes remaining. The Lions, however, scored 12 straight points thanks to a three by Friscoe Erdahl and a pair of jumpers by Nick Lentz to cut their deficit to 38-34 with under two minutes.
In one of the most important stretches of the game, Lake Region State College scored the final seven points of the half thanks to free throws by Careino Gurley and Powell to give the squad a 45-34 lead at halftime.
The Royals continued where it left off scoring 25 of the first 31 points scored in the second half. Buckets by Jones, Tyler Moore and Kirkland were key in the stretch to help give the team a 70-40 advantage.
Lake Region State College had all the momentum from there riding out a 101-74 victory.
Leading the way for the Royals was Powell with 21 points. Jones added 15 points while Kirkland had 10. Close to double figures were Nywesh and Dawson Peterson with nine points. Gurley and Pat Thomas each had eight points. Ryan Clark led the team with seven rebounds.
Lentz had a double-double for the Lions with 14 points and 11 rebounds.