Light­house se­nior guard scores a team-high 21 points as the Li­ons ‘hus­tle’ past West Side

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Dave Mel­ton Post-Tri­bune

Light­house coach Nick Moore pointed out his team’s suc­cess comes down to one word. “Hus­tle,” he said.

Moore of­fered the same an­swer Fri­day night when asked about what led to se­nior guard Tim­o­thy Mays scor­ing a team-high 21 points against West Side.

“Hus­tle,” Moore said again. “We had it go­ing at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, but we fell off. And now we’re start­ing to pick it back up.

“As long as we’re get­ting to those 50-50 balls, we don’t think there’s any­body that can beat us.”

Light­house in­deed hus­tled its way to a 57-52 win at home over West Side, over­com­ing a game­high 24 points from sopho­more guard Quimari Peter­son.

It was all about that hus­tle for Moore, who watched his team lose 100-84 Wed­nes­day night to 21st Cen­tury in the Li­ons’ first game since Dec. 9.

“That was al­most like a pre­sea­son game be­cause we hadn’t played in a month,” Moore said. “They out­hus­tled us. They wanted it more than we did. That’s why we had to get back on it.”

Light­house (4-4) took a 32-27 lead over West Side (9-4) just be­fore half­time, thanks to a pair of 3-point­ers from Mays in the fi­nal min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter.

Mays fin­ished with five 3point­ers, cred­it­ing team­mates Justin Cook and Jor­dan Hig­gins with set­ting up open looks.

“I was usu­ally com­ing open off of screens from Justin,” Mays said. “And (Hig­gins) was hit­ting me ev­ery time I was open.”

West Side took a brief lead in the third quar­ter thanks to an 11-0 run sparked by six points from Peter­son.

But the Li­ons roared back to take a 44-42 lead into the fourth and led by as many as eight in the quar­ter.

West Side pulled within three late, but a cru­cial 3-pointer from Ty­rone Funchess kept Light­house firmly in front.

The Cougars had sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to cut into Light­house’s lead, but re­peated mis­takes doomed those come­back ef­forts, in­clud­ing four turnovers in the fi­nal two min­utes of the fourth.

West Side coach Chris Buggs said that was a side ef­fect of the in­ex­pe­ri­enced lineup he has had to use.

“We’re a lit­tle young this year,” Buggs said. “We’re try­ing to grow up as the sea­son goes along, but we still strug­gle with keep­ing our com­po­sure at times.”

Buggs said one rem­edy for that is­sue is con­sis­tent ball move­ment.

“At times, we moved the ball well and got easy shots,” Buggs said. “But when the ball sticks, that’s when we don’t do as well and we turn it over. We com­mit­ted way too many turnovers (Fri­day).”

Dave Mel­ton is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.


Light­house’s Tim­o­thy Mays shoots a 3-pointer against West Side on Fri­day. Mays fin­ished with five 3-point­ers and scored 21 points. He cred­ited team­mates Justin Cook and Jor­dan Hig­gins with set­ting up open looks.

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