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Lorain Titans fall short to Bedford Bearcats
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Titans guard Eddie Williamson, front, shoots a layup during the first quarter Friday night.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Titans guard Andre Phillips brings the ball back down court during the first quarter Friday night.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Titans forward Rashod Berry, right, shoots during the first quarter Friday night.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Bedford forward Shamar Jeffrey, left, makes a shot during the second quarter against Lorain on Friday night.
For the second time in as many games, though, the Lorain coach has had to do just that.
After suffering a seven-point loss to Lakewood to open the season, the Titans came up short once again, this time a 62-59 setback to Bedford on Friday night in Lake Erie League action.
Andre Phillips missed a wide-open, game-tying 3 with less than 30 seconds left that allowed the Bearcats to ice the game by making just enough free throws down the stretch.
“I think I rushed it a little bit because I was caught off guard that he fell back,” said Phillips, whose shot missed the rim wide left. “He fell down so I just took the open shot.”
Phillips finished with a game-high 19 points but would’ve like 22 as Lorain dropped to 0-2 on the season.
The Titans struggled to hold onto the ball early, committing nine of their 19 turnovers in the first quarter despite trailing just 13-10.
“We have a young team and some inexperienced guards, so you’re going to expect to get some turnovers at different times,” Bastock said. “That’s always a point of emphasis for us is that we want to limit those turnovers, so that’s an ongoing process.”
Lorain began the second quarter on a 6-2 run to take a 16-15 lead after putback from Devon Andrews (15 points).
Tied at 17 after a Shamar Jeffrey layup, the Bearcats closed the half on a 13-7 run to lead 28-24 at the break. Lorain shot just 40 percent in the first half (8 of 20)
Down 34-31, the Titans tied it on a 3-pointer from Demon Hisle. Seconds after, though, Bedford regained the lead when Chris Carter knocked down a 3 of his own.
“We hit that big 3 and had a lot of momentum, but they came back on the other end and hit a 3 right after that,” Bastock said. “Some of their guys just went unconscious for a small stretch there where they hit some deep 3s.”
The Bearcats were a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the third, including one apiece from Aaron Beidleman Miles Meredith, who each scored five points in the quarter as Bedford led 43-42.
That’s as close as the Titans would get, however, as the Bearcats pulled even further every time Lorain closed the gap.
The Titans trailed 49-47 before the Bearcats went on a mini 6-2 run, capped off with a floater from Lamont Rhodes (10 points).
After a Bedford turnover, a Phillips layup made it 57-55 before Beidleman split a pair of free throws, forcing Bastock to call a timeout with 32 seconds left in the game.
“We were running a play to get the ball inside,” Bastock said. “I didn’t think we needed a 3 at that point unless one presented itself. It kind of presented itself in such a surprising manner that I don’t think (Phillips) was necessarily ready to shoot in rhythm.”
The missed shot was Lorain’s ninth from long distance as it was 0 of 6 in the fourth quarter.
Lorain will look for its first win next Friday against Shaw, still looking to get over that hump.
“There are a lot of new kids on varsity and they’re starting to gel together as a team and understand what each other can do best,” Bastock said. “I think we went a long way in working our offense a little bit better tonight than against Lakewood.”
Bedford 62, Lorain 59
Lake Erie League
BEDFORD — Aaron Beidleman 4-3 12, Mike Smith 2-1 6, Carl Jeffrey 3-0 8, Chris Carter 2-2 7, Dawud Fisher-Grace 3-0 6, Lamont Rhodes 5-0 10, Miles Meredith 3-2 9, Shamar Jeffrey 2-0 4. TOTALS 24-8 62.
LORAIN — Eddie Williamson 1-0 2, Andre Phillips 7-5 19, Devon Andrews 7-1 15, Rashod Berry 0-4 4, Sherman Saunders 2-0 4, Louis Cheers 2-6 10, Dalandrious Henderson 1-0 2, Demon Hisle 1-0 3. TOTALS 21-16 59.
3-POINT GOALS — B: Beidleman, Smith, C. Jeffrey (2), Carter, Meredith; L: Hisle.
Score By Quarters
Bedford 13 15 15 19 — 62
Lorain (0-2) 10 14 18 17 — 59
Field Goals — Bedford 24 of 48 (50 percent), Lorain 21 of 45 (47 percent)
Free Throws — B 8 of 18 (44 percent), L 16 of 23 (70 percent).
Rebounds — B 23, L 25.
Turnovers — B 18, L 19.
J.V. – Bedford, 57-52.
Last Updated: 12/8/2012 12:26:42 PM EST