LAMOILLE – The LaMoille/Ohio Lions turned in one of their best efforts of the season, Tuesday night, downing the Kirkland Hiawatha Hawks, 60-40, in Little Ten Conference action.
Brandon Morris supplied game-highs of 22 points and 18 rebounds, while L/O teammate Anthony Lovgren was good for 18 points on 7-11 shooting from the field to pace the Lions (4-15, 1-4) to victory.
“Morris, Lovgren, huge games,” said L/O coach Brent Kalsto. “Julian (Gonzalez) handled the ball well tonight. Just a good team win. We just kept going. I’m happy with it.
“Lovgren had 21, and Morris had 22 and 18. That’s big boy numbers there, so, it’s pretty impressive.”
With the Lions’ fourth win, L/O avenged a two-point loss to Hiawatha in the Ashton Franklin Center Tournament very early in this season.
LaMoille/Ohio led 10-8 after eight minutes, but the hosts used a 22-7 run in the second quarter – getting 16 of the 22 courtesy of Morris and Lovgren – to build a 32-15 lead at the half.
“We got off to a great start,” Kalsto said. “We shot well, played defense well. The biggest thing I liked was, (our players) kept their cool on the floor when things got a little rough out there. That’s something we preach. We’re not going to get (down) to that level.”
The Lions’ lead varied between 14 and 27 points throughout the game’s second half.
Ed Canchola paced Hiawatha (4-13, 1-3) with 13 points, albeit on 5-23 shooting from the floor, while Alex Flores added 11 points. Derek Ross contributed nine points and a team-high 13 rebounds for the visitors.
•The younger Lions pulled away for a 56-28 win in the prelim game. LaMoille/Ohio’s frosh-soph led, 31-13, at the half and never looked back, led by Jacob Tudor’s 13 points.