2012-01-26 / Sports

Thorndale Bites the Eagles 54-45

by Mike Organ

Lexington played a strong first half, but faltered in the second as Thorndale defeated the Eagles 54- 45. Lexington had a problem from the field as they shot only 41% from the field. 41% is not bad unless you consider where the shots came from. Lexington missed 12 shots from inside the lane near the basket. Lexington grabbed 11 offensive rebounds for second and third shots. They also stole the ball 16 times in the game.

The reason for the loss, turnovers plagued the Eagles throughout the game, but especially in the third quarter when Thorndale outscored the Eagles 18-5 to decide the game. Lexington turned the ball over 22 times unofficially. It seemed like more. Lexington could convert only five of 15 free throw opportunities.

Lexington made four of 12 three-point shots, which is good. Lexington’s pressure defense kept them in the game with the thefts.

Eriq Mitchell got Lexington off to a good start with a three-point shot. Lexington regained the lead later when Jason Washington sank one of the few charity tosses. Lexington went point dead for a while as Thorndale moved out to a 9-4 lead. A.J. Flot got a rebound and put back to close to 6-9 as the first quarter came to a close.

Jason Washington shoots a layup after cutting through the Thorndale defense. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Jason Washington shoots a layup after cutting through the Thorndale defense. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington owned the second quarter as they outscored Thorndale 19-12 to take a 25-21 halftime lead. Zach Lay led the second quarter surge with eight points. Jason Washington added five and Mitchell added four to the cause. Things were looking good for Lexington at the half.

Thorndale came out smoking in the third period. The Dogs hit a couple of three-pointers and some easy lay ups on driving assists. Lexington started committing turnovers and went cold from the field. Thorndale outscored them 18-5 to take a lead they would not give up.

The fourth quarter saw both teams score 15 points but the damage was done in the third period. Lay made four points and Jason Washington hit a trey in the period. Some of the Eagles lost their composure as the turnovers mounted. Lexington is still getting basketball skills together. They have been playing one month less as a team than the Bulldogs.

The Eagle JV lost to Thorndale 47-10. No stats were asked for and none were forthcoming.

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