BOYS HOOPS: Better Knight: Ike over Eagles

When Eisenhower won its season opener against Sheffield on December 7, it probably didn’t expect to have to wait this long for the season’s second victory.

That elusive second win came Friday night – against a county rival, no less – with the Knights’ 50-43 win over the Youngsville Eagles at Eisenhower High School.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve tasted victory so I’m happy for the kids,” said Eisenhower coach Dave Allenson. “But we certainly didn’t play good basketball at times. We gave the ball back to them too much and took some quick shots late in the game when it wasn’t necessary. It’s a win and the kids are working hard. I hope that continues.”

The Knights (2-10) jumped out to a quick five-point lead in the first quarter only to watch the Eagles (2-8) cut the deficit to one point by the end of the stanza. That trend continued into the second quarter where the hosts again appeared to be on the verge of taking complete control of the contest.

Eisenhower scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to take a 22-10 lead. However, the Eagles responded with 11 unanswered points of their own and James Frazier’s driving layup with 1:04 remaining in the first half cut Ike’s lead to 22-21.

The Knights burnt the final minute of the first half clock looking for a quality shot and found one with four seconds remaining. Jarrett Johnson’s layup gave Ike a three-point lead and some needed momentum going into the locker room.

Like the first two quarters, the Knights extended the lead in the opening moments of the third. By the time three minutes had elapsed off the third quarter clock, Eisenhower’s lead had swelled from three points to nine points. Youngsville stopped the bleeding at that point and the nine-point edge held until the end of the third with the Knights on top, 39-30.

Eisenhower put the game out of reach early in the fourth with a quick 7-1 spurt. The margin grew to as many as 15 points when Casey Vincent hit a three-pointer with 6:25 left in the contest. The Eagles would cut into the margin, but would ultimately get no closer than the final seven-point gap.

Colin Shine led Eisenhower with 17 points and Aaron Lundmark chipped in 12 of his own. Youngsville was paced by the 15 points of Coll Dininny and Broc Horn finished with 11 points.

Eisenhower rolled to victory in the junior varsity game, 48-13. Vincent led the Knights with 12 points and Josh Taydus’ four points were tops for the Eagles.

The Knights will look to make it two in a row Tuesday when they visit Cambridge Springs. Youngsville hosts Saegertown on Monday.

YOUNGSVILLE (43): Colin Lehnen 1 0-0 2, James Frazier 3 0-1 6, Broc Horn 5 1-2 11, Josh Taydus 0 0-0 0, A.J. Gustafson 1 0-0 2, Coll Dininny 7 1-4 15, Tom Chapman 2 3-8 7, Branden Lake 0 0-0 0, Dan McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Totals: 19 5-15 43

EISENHOWER (50): Casey Vincent 2 0-0 5, Aaron Lundmark 5 2-4 12, Jarrett Johnson 3 0-2 6, Colin Shine 7 2-4 17, Nathan O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Chris Sanders 1 0-0 2, Alex Johnson 2 0-2 4, Ryan Williams 1 2-2 4, Totals: 21 6-14 50

Youngsville 10 11 9 13 – 43

Eisenhower 11 13 15 11 – 50

3-pointers: Y- None; E- Vincent, Shine

Junior varsity game

YOUNGSVILLE (13): Trevor Flinn 0 0-0 0, Joey Chuzie 0 0-0 0, Jonathan Burrows 0 0-0 0, Corey Jones 0 0-0 0, Dustin Jesson 0 0-2 0, Josh Taydus 0 4-6 4, Logan Morrison 1 0-0 2, Andrew Tyers 0 0-0 0, Ben Frederick 1 0-0 2, Levi Ecelberger 0 0-0 0, Dacoda Buchanan 1 1-2 3, Zach Sanford 0 0-0 0, Austin Norman 0 0-0 0, Brenden Lake 0 2-4 2, Totals: 3 7-14 13

EISENHOWER (48): Casey Vincent 6 0-1 12, John Potts 0 0-0 0, Grant Venman 3 1-2 7, Carter Farrell 3 0-1 6, Jarrett Johnson 1 0-0 2, Alex Johnson 4 2-6 10, Ricky Zortman 2 0-0 4, Ben Harvey 1 3-6 5, Allen Jackson 1 0-0 2, Totals: 21 6-16 48

Youngsville 2 4 4 3 – 13

Eisenhower 10 13 9 16 – 48

3-pointers: None