LMS Tigers trample E.O. Coffman

Friday, December 21, 2012
LMS' Caleb Fields shoots a layup over E.O. Coffman's Craig Nix in the first quarter after making a steal. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (11-0) knocked out another challenger on Monday night when they pummeled E.O. Coffman 41-19 at home to complete the season sweep of the Panthers (11-4).

Having defeated E.O. Coffman 34-21 in their previous encounter on Nov. 27, the Tigers staggered the Panthers early in Monday's contest with a flurry of fast break baskets and surged out to a 25-9 lead in the first half.

LMS continued to pull away in the second half and opened up a 37-13 advantage early in the fourth quarter before coasting to the 22-point victory.

"A few of the guys on the team have told me that we're going to go undefeated and they want to repeat as Sectional champs," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "They're not satisfied at where they are and want to keep getting better."

Aided by their strong first half performance, the Tigers finished with a 18-7 advantage in field goals and a 2-1 edge in three-pointers while committing only six turnovers.

E.O. Coffman did outrebound Lewisburg 30-28 overall, but LMS held a commanding 14-3 advantage on the offensive glass and forced 29 Panther turnovers with the help of their full court press.

"I was pleased with our defensive effort. Our intensity and speed finally just wore them down and we forced some turnovers that led to some easy baskets," said Lovell. "I was happy with our effort on the offensive boards too because we ended up getting a lot of second chance opportunities."

LMS' Jay Howard knocks down a jumper in the fourth quarter against E.O. Coffman.

Point guard D'Andre Brown led the Tigers with 12 points and six steals, while forward Jay Howard posted a double-double by tallying 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. Tre Crutcher also added seven points and six rebounds and Caleb Fields chipped in five points and three assists. Dayveonte Brown and Keevon Maxwell rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with four and two points respectively.

Dawson James paced E.O. Coffman with seven points, while Kalen Skinner notched five points and 11 rebounds.

The Panthers inched out to a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a jumper by Craig Nix and a Skinner free throw, but the Tigers outscored E.O. Coffman 15-2 over the next 4:28 behind six points from D'Andre Brown, four points from Crutcher and a Fields trey to seize a 15-5 advantage early in the second.

After the Panthers narrowed the gap to 15-8 thanks to a three by Garrett Martin, Lewisburg ripped off 10 straight points with the help of a Crutcher trey and baskets from D'Andre Brown, Dayveonte Brown, and Howard to push their lead to 25-8 late in the second quarter prior to taking a 25-9 advantage into the break.

James hit a jumper at the start of the third quarter to trim the deficit to 25-11, before LMS put together a 12-2 run on the strength of four points apiece from Howard and D'Andre Brown to forge a 37-13 lead with 3:45 left in the fourth period.

E.O. Coffman then outscored LMS 6-4 the rest of the way for the 41-19 final.