LMS Tigers trounce E.A. Cox
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers recorded their third straight lopsided victory on Monday night when they thumped the E.A. Cox Cougars 60-36 at home.
LMS (3-0) buried the Cougars early and built a 32-14 lead in the first half before outscoring E.A. Cox 28-22 over the final two quarters to coast to the 24-point victory.
The Tigers offense was firing on all cylinders for much of the night, they knocked down 5-of-11 three-pointers en route to shooting 47 percent (26-of-55) from the field while committing only 10 turnovers and dishing out 19 assists as a team.
"I don't think they were ready for how quickly we got down the floor and that was a big boost for us because we got a lot of easy baskets in transition," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "I thought our passing and ball movement was great tonight. That's the sign of a good team."
K.J. Johnson led the Tigers' offensive attack by scoring 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with three assists and three steals. Keshun Gentry also tallied a career high 11 points and four assists, while Wesley Walker narrowly missed recording a triple double after notching nine points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Mitchell Ford added eight points as well and Devon Wilson chipped in six points. Hunter Huarez, Andrew Gold, and Terrez Smith rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with five, four, and three points respectively.
The Cougars (0-1), conversely, shot just 28 percent (16-of-57) from the field overall and made only 3-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc. E.A. Cox did outrebound LMS 33-31 and held a 16-10 edge on the offensive glass, but negated their advantage on the boards by committing 21 turnovers.
Dontavious Brown hit 6-of-13 shots and paced the Cougars with 13 points. Markeith Clayborne followed Brown with seven points, while Darian Davis tallied six points. Tezzarian Armstrong, Keshawn Frierson, and Trey Tinsley notched five, three, and two points respectively for E.A. Cox as well.
Early bombs fall
The Tigers hit the Cougars with an early bombardment from beyond the arc and raced out to a 15- 3 lead late in the first quarter with the help of two treys from Johnson and a pair of threes from Gentry and Walker.
E.A. Cox notched four of the final six points of the first period to close the gap to 17-7, but LMS put together a 15-5 run in the second quarter behind eight points from Johnson to open up a 32-12 advantage late in the stanza.
After Clayborne hit a short jumper in the waning seconds of the first half to trim the deficit to 32-14 at the break, the Cougars rattled off seven straight points at the start of the third quarter to narrow the gap to 32-21.
Lewisburg, however, quickly regained their focus and closed the third period with a 15-4 run on the strength of five points from Haurez and four points apiece from Wilson and Ford to forge a 47-25 lead.
E.A. Cox then tallied five of the first seven points of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 49-30 before the Tigers outscored the Cougars 11-6 the rest of the way with the aid of four points from Gold and a Smith trey to wrap up their 60-36 triumph.