Lighthouse coach Nick Moore identified his group’s success comes down to at least one word.
“Hustle,” he stated.
Moore provided the same answer Friday night time when requested about what led to senior guard Timothy Mays scoring a group-excessive 21 factors towards West Aspect.
“Hustle,” Moore stated again. “We had it going at the start of the season, but we fell off. And now we’re beginning to decide it again up.
“As long as we’re getting to those 50-50 balls, we don’t assume there’s anyone that may beat us.”
Lighthouse certainly hustled its strategy to a 57-fifty two win at residence over West Aspect, overcoming a recreation-high 24 points from sophomore guard Quimari Peterson.
It was all about that hustle for Moore, who watched his group lose one hundred-84 Wednesday night time to twenty first Century within the Lions’ first recreation since Dec. 9.
“That was virtually like a preseason recreation because we hadn’t performed in a month,” Moore stated. “They outhustled us. They needed it more than we did. That’s why we needed to get back on it.”
Lighthouse (4-4) took a 32-27 lead over West Aspect (9-four) just earlier than halftime, because of a pair of 3-pointers from Mays within the last minutes of the second quarter.
Mays finished with 5 three-pointers, crediting teammates Justin Prepare dinner and Jordan Higgins with establishing open seems.
“I was often coming open off of screens from Justin,” Mays stated. “And (Higgins) was hitting me every time I was open.”
West Aspect took a quick lead in the third quarter because of an 11-0 run sparked by six points from Peterson.
However the Lions roared again to take a 44-forty two lead into the fourth and led by as many as eight within the quarter.
West Aspect pulled within three late, however an important 3-pointer from Tyrone Funchess stored Lighthouse firmly in front.
The Cougars had several opportunities to cut into Lighthouse’s lead, however repeated errors doomed these comeback efforts, together with four turnovers within the last two minutes of the fourth.
West Aspect coach Chris Buggs stated that was a aspect impact of the inexperienced lineup he has had to use.
“We’re somewhat younger this yr,” Buggs stated. “We’re making an attempt to grow up because the season goes along, but we nonetheless wrestle with preserving our composure at occasions.”
Buggs stated one treatment for that challenge is constant ball movement.
“At occasions, we moved the ball properly and acquired straightforward photographs,” Buggs stated. “But when the ball sticks, that’s once we don’t do as properly and we flip it over. We committed method too many turnovers (Friday).”
Dave Melton is a contract reporter for the Publish-Tribune.