DeNoyer, Paske power Warriors past Phoenix
Senior guard Will DeNoyer scored 13 points and senior forward Cameron Paske chipped in 12 as the visiting Lakeside Lutheran boys basketball team defeated Luther Prep 59-47 in a Capitol North Conference game Thursday at LPS.
Lakeside (9-3, 3-1 in conference) led by eight points at halftime after closing the opening frame on a 7-1 run.
Luther Prep (8-4, 3-2) senior guard Luke Schlomer made one of his four 3-pointers to commence the second-half scoring and senior Alex Lawrence hit a layup to cut the lead to four points.
Junior guard Carter Schneider scored five straight points as the Warriors’ lead grew to 44-34 with 11 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.
There were two total points scored in the next five minutes before Lawrence made a layup, part of his 13-point total, to pull the Phoenix within six at the 6:35 mark.
Lakeside reeled off the next five points, capped by a 3-point shot in the left corner by junior guard Matthew Davis, to take firm control.
“We felt prepared and knew this was going to be a real hard-fought game,” Lakeside Lutheran head coach Kirk DeNoyer said. “I thought we really executed our game plan and understood their players well. I thought we did a good job defensively all night.”
Phoenix senior guard Micah Kieselhorst scored 14 points, two below his season average, and was one of the main vocal points for the Warriors defense.
“We were really aware of him,” coach DeNoyer said. “We know he is a good 3-point shooter and is good on the offensive boards. For the most part, we did a pretty good job on him.”
Schneider finished with nine points and senior forward Jack Monis scored all eight of his points before the break for Lakeside.
Paske put an exclamation mark on the victory with a dunk in the last minute and was accessed a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
Luther Prep’s Schlomer led the team with 16 points and Lawrence notched 13.
Lawrence was aggressive in the paint on offense and played stout defense on Lakeside’s bigs.
“Alex did a fantastic job,” Luther Prep head coach Nate Kieselhorst said. “When there was certain players guarding him that had foul trouble we tried to isolate him down low. He did a fantastic job of taking it to them … Defensively he was kind of the spy that went and did a lot of the diving (in the paint). He did a great job of getting the ball out of people’s hands.”
The Phoenix were able to keep Lakeside’s offense in check, thanks in part to the team’s zone defense, but couldn’t muster the offense needed down the stretch to close the gap.
“Defensively I was happy with what we did,” coach Kieselhorst said. “Outside of a few key rebounds at certain times that killed us. You just can’t give a team like that second and third opportunities. I thought we did a nice job of getting the ball out of Paske and Monis’s hands down in the post so they had to kick it back out.”
“Offensively, we got out of sync especially in that second half. Some guys were trying to do a little too much. It hurt that we didn’t stay within our system. They have to play through the physicality part of it. Unfortunately, that hurt us tonight.”
DeNoyer made 3-point shots on consecutive trips in the first five minutes of play to give the Warriors a 10-point edge.
Kieselhorst scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and made timely baskets to help the Phoenix stick around.
Paske hit a shot from beyond the arc and hook shot in the lane as part of the Warriors’ 7-1 spurt to close the first half.
Senior guard’s Brevin Jegerlehner and Caleb Kuepers scored six points apiece for Lakeside.
Lakeside hosts Lodi on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Luther Prep hosts Belleville on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 59,
LUTHER PREP 47
Lakeside 33 26 — 59
Luther Prep 25 22 — 47
Lakeside Lutheran (fg-ft-tp) — DeNoyer 3-5-13, Hackbarth 1-0-2, Kuepers 2-1-6, Jegerlehner 2-2-6, Davis 1-0-3, Schneider 3-2-9, Paske 3-5-12, Monis 3-1-8. Totals 18 16-22 59.
Luther Prep (fg-ft-tp) — Roeseler 1-0-2, Lawrence 4-5-13, Kieselhorst 5-2-14, Schlomer 6-0-16, Frick 1-0-2. Totals 17 7-14 47.
Three-point goals — LL, DeNoyer 2, Kuepers, Davis, Schneider, Paske, Monis; LP, Schlomer 4, Kieselhorst 2.
Total fouls — LL 20, LP 20.
Fouled out — LP, Lawrence.
Technical fouls — LL, Paske.