LMS Tigers crush Cougars

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Lewisburg's Tre Crutcher scores on a layup in the first quarter against E.A. Cox. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After hammering Spring Hill 51-25 in their season opener seven days earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers recorded their second straight lopsided victory on Monday night when they thrashed the E.A. Cox Cougars 52-29 on the road.

Although E.A. Cox came into Monday's contest with a 3-1 record, the Tigers (2-0) were never seriously challenged by the Cougars and built a 30-15 lead in the first half. Lewisburg then opened up a 50-23 advantage early in the fourth quarter prior to cruising to the 23-point victory.

The Tigers' offense looked like a well oiled machine for the first three quarters, as the Tigers hit 18-of-34 shots during that span before making just 1-of-13 field goal attempts in the fourth period to finish 19-of-47 from the floor overall.

Lewisburg's D'Andre Brown fires up a short jumper in the fourth quarter against E.A. Cox.

Lewisburg, meanwhile, limited E.A. Cox to just 11 field goals on 31 percent shooting en route to holding their second consecutive opponent below 30 points.

The Cougars did outrebound LMS 31-18 and held a 10-6 edge on the offensive glass, but offset their advantage on the boards by committing 21 turnovers, while the Tigers turned the ball over only six times.

"I was expecting a tougher game than this and actually wanted a little bit tougher game," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "I was happy with our offensive efficiency, but I was not pleased with our defense overall. We got beat off the dribble too many times and gave up too many offensive rebounds."

Caleb Fields and Dayveonte Brown led the Tigers with 12 points apiece, while D'Andre Brown and Tre Crutcher both tallied eight points. Jay Howard and Keevon Maxwell each added five points as well with Howard recording four steals and four blocked shots. Tre Fields rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with two points.

"It was good to see Dayveonte and Tre both score tonight because they're more than capable of doing that," said Lovell.

Devonta McCandless and Trey Jones paced E.A. Cox with six points apiece, while Nathan Massey and Javari Braden each notched four points. Kevontis Beasley, Gavin Bailey, Demonte Lyles, and Blake Cathey all chipped in two points for the Cougars as well and Dre McAllister had two points.

The Tigers pounced on E.A. Cox early and jumped out to a 9-2 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of a Caleb Fields trey and layups from Crutcher, Dayveonte Brown, and D'Andre Brown.

After Jones scored on an offensive put back to cut the deficit to 9-4, Lewisburg closed the first quarter with a 10-0 run, punctuated by a Caleb Fields three at the buzzer, to open up a 19-4 advantage.

The Cougars outscored LMS 7-2 through the first three minutes of the second period to narrow the gap to 21-11, but the Tigers responded with a 9-2 spurt, highlighted by a trey from Maxwell, to push their lead to 30-13 late in the half prior to taking a 30-15 advantage into the break.

Lewisburg continued to rapidly expand their lead in the third quarter and outscored E.A. Cox. 16-6 in the stanza on the strength of six points from Dayveonte Brown and four points apiece from D'Andre Brown and Crutcher to forge a 46-21 advantage.

Following a layup by McCandless, which trimmed the deficit to 46-23 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers pushed their lead to 50-23 with the help of two free throws from Dayveonte Brown and a Maxwell layup before coasting to the 52-29 win.