Lorain takes down Sandusky with third quarter run
May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM
Aside from a three-minute stretch, Sandusky and Lorain were on equal terms.
What happened in those three minutes allowed the Titans to leave town with a 71-61 win against the Blue Streaks.
Lorain, which merged Sandusky rivals Admiral King and Southview this summer, closed out the third quarter with a 12-2 run during the final three-and-a-half minutes. Five players scored in double figures, led by Jerome Golson's 15 points.
"With them consolidating, becoming one school, it brings a lot of talent into one team," Sandusky (3-5) coach Steve Keller said. "Tonight I thought for 20-plus minutes we did a nice job, but things got away from us in the third."
The first two quarters, and the fourth for that matter, were neck and neck as both teams scored 47 points.
But Lorain (7-2) turned the ball over less during the second half, and Sandusky didn't defend well enough.
"(In the) third quarter we really struggled to defend, struggled to get stops. What we had done well in the first half we struggled to do in the second half," Keller said. "The kids made a nice run to cut it to two, but then we gave up a few baskets."
Having coached at Southview before the schools combined, Lorain coach Andy Bastcok saw the Streaks enough to know not to take them lightly.
"I don't care if they're 0-15. I know I'm coming in here and getting a battle," Bastock said.
"(Keller) started as a head coach the same year I did and we've battled every year, and every year it's been a turn and a twist," he said. "I expected this one to be close just because he's a good coach that gets his kids to play hard. So we didn't come in here looking at their record or take them for granted or anything. I just think they hung around, hung around, hung around until we took control of it there at the end."
Keller didn't see any new wrinkles in the game compared to the previous three times he saw Lorain play this year.
"They did everything we thought," he said "We just didn't execute enough like we needed do, but we'll get back to practice and keep working hard."
The game was just one of two in the area -- the Sandusky girls won at Norwalk -- that was not canceled because of the weather despite poor road conditions.
"The cancellation was on us," Bastock said. "We play nine games in February, and I wasn't trying to have this game canceled and try and play 10 games in February."
Theron Nelson, A.J. Craighead, Michael Davila and Teddy Wilson all scored 10 points for the Titans, who were just 50 percent at the foul line (14 of 28).
Junior Xavier Turner had his second 20-point game in a week for the Blue Streaks, leading all scorers on Tuesday with 21. He tallied eight in the first quarter, and started a late-game rally with his bucket at the 5:23 mark in the fourth to make it a 59-51 Lorian lead. A free throw and a bucket by Turner, and a nifty pass-fake and layup from Jalen Gordon made it 60-56.
"We talked about Xavier all week and leading up to the game because I saw what kind of player he was in the (Vermilion Holiday Tournament), and our No. 1 focus with him was to not let him get second shots or putbacks, becuase the kid is like hunter when it comes to rebounding," Bastock said. "We continually tried to put whoever our best defender was on the floor at the time on him."
The Streaks got it down to two points at 60-58 with a pair of free throws from Delon Roldan-Johnson (five points), but the Titans closed the game out with an 11-3 run.
Turner scored 24 points in Thursday's 70-43 win against Fremont Ross.
"He's been playing well, but we've got to be able to put it together as five guys on the court," Keller said. "We did some good things down a few guys. We're down a couple other guys with injuries, guys with sickness."
Three players -- Jay Page, Jaron Green and Devonte Turner -- were out with injuries, Lucas Poggiali was sick, and Cordney Strickland was out of the starting lineup, but still scored 10 points -- eight in the second half -- in limited action.
Lorain also had a late 9-0 run in the second quarter that turned a 30-21 Sandusky lead into a 30-30 game at halftime. Sandusky didn't score after a basket from Turner with 3:08 left before intermission.
"Sandusky does a lot of things defensively to create turnovers and turn that into offense, and when we were turning the ball over, they were looking good and getting points and hanging in there," Bastock said. "We finally started taking care of the ball, and down the stretch especially we were able to control the game more and stretch some leads."
Jones 2-1--5; Nelson 5-0--10; Craighead 4-2--10; Davila 2-4--10; Wilson 4-2--10; Winbush 1-1--4; Golson 6-3--15; Davis 1-0--2; 2-1--5; TOTALS 27-14--71
Dejour Stovall 3-2--8; Delon Roldan-Johnson 1-2--5; Dominic Will 1-2--4; Cordney Strickland 4-1--10; Jalen Gordon 2-0--4; Tristen Jeffries 1-2--4; Xavier Turner 9-3--21; Donald Williams 2-1--5; TOTALS 23-13--61
Lorain 15 15 24 17 -- 71
Sandusky 16 14 14 17 -- 61
3-pt FG: Lorain 3 (Davila 2, Winbush); Sandusky 2 (Roldan-Johnson, Strickland)