The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 28, 2013

H.S. boys basketball: Freshmen carry Lourdes in Knights opener


"If you make some free throws, that can get you in a little rhythm," Eagles coach Craig Reichard said. "That probably was the difference, making the foul shots."

With Czeponis and Feese setting the pace, the Raiders cruised to the final buzzer with a comfortable lead. But while Long said he was happy with the win and his team's current record, he noted there was still room for improvement.

"I want them to get better every game, and I don't think we got better (Friday)," Long said. "I think we were sloppy with the ball. ... But every win's a good win with this young team."

Long said he wants to see his team be more physical on the inside, reduce the turnovers that occurred Friday and play smarter defense, noting that his team is still looking to mature.

The Raiders play neighbor and tournament host Shamokin for the championship today at 7:30. The unbeaten Indians beat Minersville, 58-47.

Line Mountain will see Minersville -- which handed Lourdes a blowout loss earlier this month -- in the 6 p.m. consolation game. The Eagles will also look to take a step forward as a team, as they still search for their first win of the season.

"The looks are there," Reichard said. "The ball's going to go in eventually."

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