The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 15, 2012

High school boys basketball: Offense sparkles as Dragons rout Trojans

Offense sparkles as Dragons rout Trojans

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Sometimes a team makes it look too easy.

On Friday night at Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School in Lewisburg, the Green Dragons' offense seemed to score not only at will, but with ease against Troy.

It took only three and a half minutes into the game for Lewisburg to establish a double-digit lead and from there, it never relented.

The Green Dragons built up an impressive 21-point lead after the first quarter and rolled past Troy 64-34 to improve to 3-0 on the season.

"We came out and played real well," Lewisburg coach John Vaji said. "The guys came out and they were doing a nice job defensively talking and were aggressive on the balls. I think the talking and aggressiveness on the boards got us into some transition and some faster stuff offensively as well."

Lewisburg grabbed down 23 rebounds, 19 of which were defensive.

The Green Dragons used a 14-0 run midway through the first quarter to put Troy (1-1) in a hole it couldn't dig itself out of.

A basket by Troy's Ryan Reeves (12 points) with 6:06 in the first made it a 4-2 game. A little run by the Green Dragons then made it an 11-4 lead. By the time Troy scored again, it was looking at a 19-point deficit.

Lewisburg shot nearly 80 percent from the floor in the first quarter alone, missing just three baskets as it went 11 for 14. Troy was held to just eight points in both of the first two quarters as Lewisburg built up a 41-16 lead to go into the half.

The Trojan defense could do little to slow down senior Erich Kline, who couldn't miss from the floor -- going a perfect 6 for 6 -- and led the Green Dragons with a team-high 12 points and four rebounds.

Lewisburg spread the ball around offensively, as 11 different players scored in the win.

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