Lansing boys' basketball continues to soar over opponents, now 7-0
Tuesday night the Lansing boys’ basketball team held off a late rally by visiting Mill Valley to win an important early Kaw Valley League matchup 60-55.
The victory also kept the Lions’ record spotless, a perfect 7-0 heading into the holiday break.
“I thought our defensive intensity was better in the first half than the second half and obviously, offensively we played good,” Lansing coach Rod Briggs said. “Some of it was fool’s gold because we were making a lot of shots and in the second half, for whatever reason, we didn’t finish as much and our defense let us down.”
The Lions held a commanding 24-11 lead over the Jaguars at the end of the first quarter. Lansing shot lights out in the second quarter to expand that lead even further to 42-23 at half time.
However, due to sloppy play by the Lions and an offensive charge by Mill Valley, Lansing’s lead dissipated to only 10 at the end of the third quarter, 49-39.
“We came out pretty sloppy in the second half like we have done in the past,” Lansing guard Lucas Mein said. “Our defense really let up with our pressure. In the first, we were knocking down shots well and in the second half, we lost all intensity.”
In the fourth quarter the Lions saw their lead fall yet again, this time to only four points. Despite that, Lansing held on down the stretch with clutch rebounding and free throws.
Zach Jackson lead the home team in scoring with 15 points followed by Clay Young and Lucas Mien, each adding 12 points. Joe Schneider had nine points, Roy Clayter and Donte Gibson both chipped in five and Khalil Bailey finished with two.
The Lions will not play again until Jan. 8 when the team travels to Piper.