The Lyons High School varsity boys’ basketball team played a pair of games last week. They played a home game against Twin Peaks Charter Academy and an away game against Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley. They won the home match, and lost on the road.
First the good news. The game against Twin Peaks was played on Tuesday, January 31, and the local boys escaped with a 41 to 25 win. “Escaped,”
because the Pride did not display particularly impressive hoopster action in a game that, at least on paper, should have been handily won. While the team shot a respectable thirty-one percent from behind the three-point arc, it only managed an anemic thirty-six percent from two-point land. The lads was able to convert sixty percent of their free throws. Turnovers continue to stifle the team; committing seventeen turnovers while stealing the ball on only five occasions.
No Lyons player scored in double digits. Colton Jonjak Plahn led all Pride scorers with nine points, followed by Joe McCain, Evan Reeves, and Levi Nagy with six points each. McCain and Nagy each grabbed seven boards, and Bridger Keane led the team in steals. However, a win-is-a-win, no matter how ugly, right?
Three days later, the Pride traveled to Greeley on Friday, February 3, to test their mettle against Dayspring Christian. Lyons was sporting a seven and eight record on the season, while Dayspring’s record stood at ten wins and four loses going into the game. Although the Pride spotted Dayspring ten points early in the first quarter, the period ended with the local boys clawing back to be behind by only two points; thirteen to eleven. Things were looking up, and perhaps the Pride might be on its way to pulling a big upset.
Unfortunately, the boys struggled to score in the second and third quarters and were outscored by twenty points in those two frames twenty-nine to nine. It was a big hole to dig themselves out of, but the Lyons hoopsters turned it around in the fourth quarter, scoring fourteen against Dayspring’s fifteen, but the damage had already been done. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Pride could not drop a bucket to save its life. The team was able to drain only twenty-five percent of its two-pointers, and their “downtown” shots hit the target twenty-nine percent of the time.
The visiting Lions only got six attempts from the charity line, a telling fact in its own right, converting on just two. Lyons purloined the orb ten times and committed sixteen turnovers; nonetheless a major improvement over the previous game against an inferior opponent.
Colton Jonjak Plahn led all Pride scorers with ten points, followed by Evan Reeves and Bridger Keane with nine and six points, respectively. Tristan Chavez and Evan Reeves led the team in rebounds with four each, while Chavez, Keane, and Jonjak Plahn led in steals.
The Lyons varsity boys’ team record currently stands at 7 and 9. The team had an away game against Front Range Christian on Tuesday, February 7 (details to follow next week). The Pride will play Longmont Christian on Friday, February 10. It’s a quick, easy drive (barring another ice event), so please show up and cheer on the Pride; the boys will certainly appreciate it. Their final game of the regular season is at home against Heritage Christian on Tuesday, February 14. It’s also Senior Night!