Lions fail to re­cover af­ter poor 2nd qtr.

Eas­ton cap­i­tal­izes on QA’S mis­takes to cap­ture divi­sion game go­ing away

Record Observer - - SPORTS - By AY­MAN ALAM [email protected]­dem.com

Eas­ton 78 Queen Anne’s 66

La­mont Pow­ell scored

25 points, and the Eas­ton High boys’ bas­ket­ball team picked up a key divi­sion win, 78-66, Tues­day at Queen Anne’s County.

War­riors are now 3-1 over­all, 2-0 North Bay­side, while the Lions fell to 2-2, 2-1.

Mar­quii Thompson added

16 and Jae­don Cop­per 15 for Eas­ton, which led 43-30 at the break.

“We have a good 1-2-3 with those three, any­body can go off any night,” War­riors head coach Dionte Hyn­son said via a tele­phone in­ter­view Tues­day night.

Alek Riedel, Nyzhier Youmens and Di­et­rich John­son paced the War­riors’ de­fen­sive ef­fort, which Hyn­son

noted as the main rea­son for the team’s suc­cess at the quar­ter-mark of the sea­son.

“De­fen­sively, it’s our bread and but­ter, and we still got to get bet­ter at that,” Hyn­son said. “We played good de­fense, we could have played bet­ter. Queen Anne’s, they were mak­ing their shots, fin­ish­ing around the rim.

“We got to go 2-0 ev­ery­day: win in the class­room and then the prac­tice or game” Hyn­son added. “We play a good, solid game on de­fense, ev­ery­thing will work it­self out.”

Jor­dan Dozier led the Lions

with 17 points, while Devrin Turner added 16.

“Hon­estly, we have a lot of room for im­prove­ment,” Lions’ first-year head coach Jeff Hol­lis said via a tele­phone in­ter­view. “They are still learn­ing my sys­tem, get­ting things in, but I think we’ll be right there at the North Bay­side by the end of the year.”

Eas­ton led only 22-18 af­ter one pe­riod, but Queen Anne’s un­rav­eled there­after, foul trou­ble and poor de­ci­sions al­low­ing the War­riors to forge the dou­bledigit, half­time mar­gin.

“We got into some foul trou­ble,” Hol­lis said. “They were silly fouls, try­ing to block shots, reach­ing. They made their free throws and there were blown as­sign­ments.

We should be able to cor­rect these things, but it didn’t work out great for us tonight.”

Eas­ton held Nick Dunkerly to a sea­son-low six points, key in lim­it­ing the Lions’ at­tack. Thomas Mur­ray and Charles Kay were also kept in check of­fen­sively.

“They did a great job de­fend­ing him,” Hol­lis said of Dunkerly. “They were switch­ing, throw­ing mul­ti­ple de­fend­ers at him; he was re­ally frus­trated af­ter the first half when he wasn’t get­ting the touches. These are things I have to work on with him, how to get open, and we plan on work­ing on that over the break.

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