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Louis Cheers powers Lorain Titans past the Sandusky Blue Streaks
Well, the “mini-vacation” did wonders for the Titans, who used an early 16-0 en route to an impressive 76-45 victory over Sandusky.
The game actually started out well for the Blue Streaks, who started freshman Davion Fisher for the first time all season. After Lorain’s Louis Cheers got the game’s opening bucket, Sandusky went on a quick 6-0 spurt.
Fueled by two Martell Moore offensive rebounds and layups, the Blue Streaks took a 6-2 lead early and had an 8-6 lead with 3:30 remaining in the first.
That’s when things went south for Sandusky. Coming out of a timeout, Lorain high turned up their defensive pressure and began to cause Sandusky turnovers.
Lorain’s Andrew Ralston’s steal and coast-to-coast layup gave Lorain a 10-8 lead at the end of the first. The Titans never trailed again.
“Coach told us all before the game, if you guys put enough pressure on them, they will fall apart.” Cheers said after the game. “We really started to turn up our defensive effort during that ran and it changed the game.”
Lorain wasted no time picking up where they left off at the beginning of the second quarter. The Titans forced four turnovers in the first two minutes of the quarter and didn’t allow a Sandusky basket for a span that lasted over six minutes.
“I was really happy with the defense that we played in that first half.” Lorain head coach Andy Bastock said. “I feel like we left a few points on the board by missing easy baskets, but we definitely made up for it on the defensive end.”
While Lorain may have missed a few easy baskets, they made a lot of them too.
During the second quarter dominance, the Titans put on a highlight reel of plays. Sophomore Devon Andrews, back after missing significant time with injury, got things started with a thunderous put-back dunk over two Sandusky defenders.
On the very next Titans’ possession, guard Demon Hisle found a cutting Cheers for another two-handed power slam. When the dust had settled, Lorain used a 16-0 run to take a 28-14 lead into the half. The third quarter didn’t get much better for Sandusky.
After turning the ball over on their first three possessions, by the time the Blue Streaks got back on the board the Titans had stretched their lead to 36-16. One bright spot for Sandusky was the play of Moore. Moore, the team’s captain, battled bigger players all night, yet fought his way to eight offensive rebounds and 11 total. He also chipped in 10 points.
“One thing we didn’t execute tonight was rebounding.” Bastock said. “Moore seemed to be everywhere tonight. Even though we had three guys down there, he just kept coming up with the ball. He played his tail off tonight.”
In the fourth quarter Cheers put the game away early.
Cheers scored six points in the first two minutes of the fourth and when he exited the game the Titans had a 60-29 lead they weren’t going to relinquish.
Cheers was dominant all night, finishing with a game-high 28 points. He also dominated on the glass, grabbing seven offensive rebounds and a total of 13 on the night.
“I was just getting good position down low all night. I kept working and the ball kept finding me.”
The win improves the Titans to 6-9 after winning their second straight. They will get back to LEL action when they host Maple Heights Friday night.
Lorain 76, Sandusky 45
Lorain — Louis Cheers 13-2 28, Eddie Williamson 1-2 4, Andre Phillips 1-0 3, Devon Andrews 4-0 9, Brandon Rodriguez 0-1 1, Demon Hisle 2-0 5, Andrew Ralston 2-1 6, Sherman Saunders 2-1 5, Delandrious Henderson 0-2 2, Gerald Howard 3-0 6. TOTALS 31-10 76.
Sandusky — Michael Delk 1-2 4, Domonic Kirkwood 1-0 2, Brett Garr 4-2 11, Bryan Williams 1-1 3, D’Maja Jordan 1-0 2, Martell Moore 4-2 10, Davion Fisher 4-0 10. TOTALS 17-7-45.
3-POINT GOALS — L: Andrews, Phillips, Hisle, Ralston; S: Fisher (2), Garr.
Score By Quarters
Lorain (6-9) 10 18 20 28 — 76
Sandusky (3-12) 8 6 8 23 — 45
Field Goals — Lorain 31 of 55 (56 percent), Sandusky 17 of 50 (34 percent).
Free Throws — L 10 of 19 (52 percent), S 7 of 13 (54 percent).
Rebounds — L 34 (Cheers 13), S 24 (Moore 11).
Turnovers — L 12, S 23.
J.V. — Sandusky, 47-46.
Last Updated: 1/30/2013 4:54:54 PM EST