The Lafayette junior boys basketball team held off a determined Bell Bulldog squad and ecked out a 50-49 win last Friday night. It was the first win of the season for the junior Hornets who improved to 1-4. Bell, who also was looking for their first win of the year, fell to 0-6.

Ethan Perry had a game high 18 points to lead the Hornets scoring. Ryan Horn just missed double figures with nine points. Mechel Blakely and Austin Anderson netted eight point apiece with Brook Morris and Domonique Garner scoring four and three points respectively. Garner had the lone three-point basket for Lafayette.

Nursing a precarious three point lead, 48-45, Horn connected on two free throws with 35 seconds on the clock. The two charity tosses gave the junior Hornets a 50-45 advantage going into the final 35 seconds. However, Bell was not ready to wave any white flag as they came back to make it a closer encounter for the Hornets. Lafayette was guilty of rushing their offense in the final 35 seconds, taking some ill-advised shots.

Coach Mike Harris' ball club struggled in the early minutes going in, taking care of the basketball accumulating 19 turnovers in the first half. The Hornets turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter trailing 7-5 at the first stop. Even with all the miscues, Lafayette found themselves only down four points going to the locker room at the half. At one point in the second period, the Hornets had five consecutive turnovers with Bell scoring eight points off the mistakes.

Coming out of the locker room at the half, the Hornets settled down and won in the third quarter and had only three turnovers. Taking care of the basketball was rewarded with a 32-28 lead after the third stanza. Coach Harris said his instruction to his team at the half was taking care of the ball. "I told them if they would just cut back on their turnovers we could get back in the game," he said. "I thought we played a little smarter in the third quarter."

Perry's rebound basket with 2:33 to play in the third tied the game at 26-26. A Brook Morris free throw gave the Hornets their first lead of the game, 27-26. Perry buried a nice jumper baseline jumper from 14-feet out just before the third quarter ended. The basket gave the Hornets a four point cushion, 32-28.

Perry scored back-to-back baskets at the onset of the fourth quarter to extend the Hornet lead to 36-31. With 2:17 to play in the game, Roberts drilled a long three-point basket to tie the game at 42-42 thanks to some mental mistakes by the Hornets. Perry's rebound basket put his team back in front 44-42 with less than two minutes to play. Bell got two baskets by getting behind the Hornet defense and cut the lead to a single point, 46-45. Lafayette would build the lead back to five, 50-45 in escaping with the 50-49 victory.

This Week's Circulars

Recommended for you