LAMOILLE – The LaMoille/Ohio Lions came up a little short in the home opener of their 2012-13 high school boys’ basketball season, falling 41-27 to the Serena Huskers in Little Ten Conference action Friday night.
You might say the two teams’ defense took center stage in this low-scoring contest, in a game in which the two opponents evenly split 62 turnovers.
“I thought tonight was a good team win for us,” said Serena coach Jon Immel. “We needed to come out and play some good defense, and I thought we did that. That’s really what we want to be about. I thought our kids played hard. I thought LaMoille played hard. They never quit. So, it was a good game, (and) a good win for us.”
Serena ran out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter. Brandon Morris’ layup with 2:31 to go in the period got the Lions (0-6, 0-1) on the board.
The Huskers, who led 11-2 after eight minutes of play, edged a bit further in front, 23-11, by halftime.
Serena (2-4, 1-0) used a sluggish 8-7 third-quarter advantage, capped by a Zach Carpenter three-pointer, to go up, 31-18, after three periods.
The Lions’ deficit remained just into double-digits, frustratingly, over much of this night.
“Defensively, I was happy,” said L/O coach Brent Kalsto. “You know, we had some breakdowns, but when you hold a high school basketball team to 41 points, I was happy with that.
“I thought we played decent team defense. Our goal is to keep teams under 60. Offensively, we just have nothing right now. We were 10-34 from the floor. That’s 29 percent. We’ve got to score more.”
The Huskers’ lead fluctuated between 13 and 17 points throughout the final quarter.
Morris, who took just seven shots from the field, making four of them, paced the Lions with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
Serena’s Warren Bailey topped all scorers with 17 points, including three of his team’s six treys.
• L/O’s frosh-soph squad claimed the prelim game, 46-33, over the younger Huskers. Derek Debruhl led the way with 15 points, including a 9-14 effort at the free-throw line. Tracer Mills added nine points for the winners.