In Southeast Conference boys basketball action you heard Friday night on AM 1480 KAUS, the LeRoy/Ostrander Cardinals were looking for win number two in a row against the visiting Lyle/Pacelli Athletics, and in a game played in front of a big crowd, a crucial 18-3 second half run enabled the Cardinals to pull away for a 71-58 victory.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 16-4 lead to start the game before Lyle/Pacelli rallied back with an 8-0 run of their own to trim the deficit to four at 16-12. A 3-pointer from LP’s Isaac Nelsen, one of 11 the Athletics would tally for the game with 5:37 left in the half tied the score at 23-23, and another 3-pointer from Marshall Burma a short time later gave the Athletics what would turn out to be their biggest lead of the game at three points at 26-23. The Cardinals answered with a 7-0 run to end the half to take a 32-28 lead into the locker room at the halftime break, and with the score 37-35 in the second half, the scoring and defense of Camden and Reid Hungerholt helped to spark the 18-3 run that opened up a 56-38 lead. The Cardinals would go on to push their lead to as large as 21 points down the stretch on their way to the win.
Dylan Christianson tallied a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the way for Lyle/Pacelli Friday evening while Marshall Burma wound up sinking three 3-pointers in the game on his way to 11 points, Isaac Nelsen scored nine points in the game, Chase Bauer chipped in seven points, both Andrew Fredrick and Leland Hicks tallied six points apiece, and Yong Achuoth totaled five points off the bench for the Athletics. For LeRoy/Ostrander, Camden Hungerholt led all scorers with 27 points, while Reid Hungerholt added 24 points, and Carter Sweeney totaled eight points in the win.
Lyle/Pacelli is now 5-6 overall on the season and 4-4 overall in the Southeast Conference, and the Athletics are back in action at home against Glenville-Emmons Tuesday evening at 7:15 p.m. With the win, LeRoy/Ostrander is now 5-6 overall and 5-2 overall in the Southeast Conference, and the Cardinals are back on the court at home Monday evening as they play host to conference rival Kingsland, with varsity tip-off scheduled for 7:15 p.m.