The Lyons High School varsity boys’ basketball team played a game at Longmont Christian on Friday, February 10, and a home game on Tuesday, February 14 (Senior Night). First, to the Longmont game. Going into the game, the home town team had a record of 8 wins and 9 losses; Longmont’s record stood at 14 and 2. The Pride’s record dropped to 8 and 10 at the game’s conclusion, having lost 72 to 47. At
the end of two quarters, Longmont had an eight point lead. To say the Pride struggled to score in the third quarter is putting it mildly; Longmont outscored Lyons by twenty-six points. The local boys outscored the home team by ten points in the finalquarter, but it was not enough to steal a win.
Lyons dropped forty percent of attempts from the floor with forty-eight percent and thirty percent from two- and three-point land, respectively. Longmont had as many attempts from beyond the arc but converted fifty percent of shots taken. Though the completion percentage was comparable for two-point shots, Longmont had twelve more attempts. Both teams scored seven points from the charity stripe. Longmont purloined the orb on seventeen occasions, while the Pride managed only seven steals. Leading the Pride in scoring were Joe McCain and Bridger Keane with twelve and eleven points, respectively. Colton Jonjak Plahn grabbed six boards followed by Joe McCain’s five.
The Pride played at home to Heritage Christian on Tuesday; it was Senior Night, and the last game of the regular season. Heritage came into the game with a record of 11 and 6; the home-town team’s record stood at 8 and 10. Unfortunately, the Pride finished its regular season with a mark of 8 and 11. Lyons went into half time with a 22 to 19 lead. Not much was working after the break, and the home team was outscored by eleven points in the second half finishing the game with a 56 to 48 loss.
The home-town boys had a difficult time holding onto the ball, turning it over twenty-three times. The team stole the orb nine times. The Pride got into foul trouble in the second half, allowing Heritage to nab some easy points. Evan Reeves, who leads the team with five rebounds per game, fouled out of the game.
The Pride shot a respectable fifty-two percent from two-point range. Jake Theriault and Levi Nagy drained each of their attempts. From beyond the arc, the Pride converted on only six of twenty-two attempts. The team had only six attempts from the charity line, converting thirty-three percent. The leading scorers for the Lions were Colton Jonjak Plahn and Jake Theriault, with twelve and ten points, respectively. Tristan Chavez, Levi Nagy, and Kyle Frohling each had six points. Bridger Keane grabbed six boards followed by Colton Jonjak Plahn’s four.
The Pride heads into the post-season with a game against 16 and 2 Dawson Academy next Wednesday, February 22. The home-town boys nearly pulled an upset, losing the game by a mere four points, when the teams met on January 6. One key for victory is for Lyons to play a strong third quarter. Let’s all attend the game to show support for the Pride and cheer them onto victory.