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Stellar start

Lions bury Indians with early run

LHS Senior Dorian Green goes behind his back to get around Corey Bullock (10). LHS beat Shawnee Mission North 57-40 Tuesday, Feb. 24.

LHS Senior Dorian Green goes behind his back to get around Corey Bullock (10). LHS beat Shawnee Mission North 57-40 Tuesday, Feb. 24.

February 25, 2009

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— Less than six minutes into Tuesday’s regular-season road finale at Shawnee Mission North, the Lawrence High boys basketball team had scored 21 points on 6-of-7 shooting and appeared to be on the way to a big night.

So, at that pace, did the Lions ever think about cracking the century mark against the 3-15 Indians?

“When you’re playing the game, all you’re thinking about is winning,” said LHS senior Bobby Davis, who hit two three-pointers in the opening minutes. “But then when the game’s over and you look back, you think, ‘Yeah, we could’ve got it.’”

Not exactly.

Although the Lions started at a scorching pace, their hot shooting soon cooled, and they began to rely on their stingy defense during a 57-40 victory at SMN. But not before the Lions built an insurmountable 21-8 first-quarter lead.

“That’s as good as we’ve started,” LHS coach Chris Davis said. “And I’m hoping that’s a sign of things to come.”

Speaking of signs, a sure sign of a good team is that it beats teams it should the way that it should. That’s exactly what LHS did Tuesday in burying SM North.

While SM North was settling for out-of-character three-point shots, the Lions were busy draining them. LHS was 10-of-28 from downtown for the game, including 7-of-16 during the first half. Junior guard Robbie Wright led the barrage with three triples, while Bobby Davis, Lance Kilburn and Dorian Green added two apiece, and Marcus Ray swished one.

“We have five guys who can knock down three-pointers on any night,” Chris Davis said. “And that showed tonight. When we’re all hitting them, we’re a tough team to handle.”

LHS gave up just three points in the second quarter and led, 31-11, at halftime. That, the coach said, gave the Lions the chance to enjoy a lead for a change. It also provided an opportunity to run different sets in preparation for the postseason.

“We really did look at the second half as a chance to work on some stuff that we haven’t been able to work a whole lot on,” Chris Davis said.

That was just fine with the players, who have become used to grinding out victories during the last month or so of the season.

“We put them away early,” Wright said. “But sometimes we let off when we have a lead, and I think we did that a little tonight. We have to keep working hard and make sure we step on other teams’ throats when we have them down.”

Wright finished with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point land. Davis added six points. Green led the Lions with 18 points, and Lance Kilburn chipped in 15.

The LHS boys and girls will play host to Free State on Friday in the regular-season finale for all four teams.

Comments

Kee-Wah Parker 5 years, 9 months ago

I am native ameircan and I am offended in the sub-title.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

It'd be more accurate if they called themselves the SMN Caucasians.

TheDefinition 5 years, 9 months ago

keewah- I too come from a native american background, however, GET OVER YOURSELF. It is officially 2009 and you're still pulling that card? Really? I'm hoping your comment was a joke.

On the other note, this Lawrence team can make a run in the state tournament, but you can not rely on the the 3 ball or zone defense to win games for you. Keep it up, I still think the Kilburn-Green combo is the best in the state.

Kee-Wah Parker 5 years, 9 months ago

please be more sensitive yah.. exactly its 2009 , I thought we over burying the Caucasians. And yah the goverment did bury my ancestors with an unmarked graves throughout this country. so no I will not be sensitive.. You need to be sensitive

Kee-Wah Parker 5 years, 9 months ago

The definition- yah I beat your native.. 1/8,, I am full blooded Potawatomi and Kickapoo.

TheDefinition 5 years, 9 months ago

Keewah- have you been drinking again? I suggest you be more sensitive to your typing/English skills. I know you may know your history when it comes to the "goverment" and your ancestors, but come on; you have to move on and stop playing that card. My ancestors were also buried in unmarked graves. I'm sure at some point everyone in this country has had some distant relative who wasn't given a proper burial. When you complain about something as small as a subtitle, it makes you look like a fool. Take it in context and think before you type.

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