LMS Tigers fall to Columbia Academy in opener
A new season means new faces on the court and Lewisburg Middle School is no exception as the Tigers put four new starters on the court and with those new players, LMS coach David Lovell invited his alma mater Columbia Academy to Marshall County on Tuesday night with a chance to improve on last season's two wins.
The Tigers looked to be much improved by playing the Bulldogs neck-and-neck throughout the majority of three quarters before a Columbia Academy late scoring burst put LMS behind for good in a 41-25 loss.
"Overall, I think (the game) went OK," Lovell said. "I was proud of the way we played in the first half and with our foul trouble they could have been ahead of us more than they were."
The Tigers were led by A'Ky Howard, who despite playing what amounted to a half game due to foul trouble, scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Howard was aided on the wing by Koamil Hazil who knocked down two 3-pointers for eight total points.
Columbia Academy was paced by the strong inside play from former Lewisburg native Tavarres Tears, who led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
First quarter lead
Max Bullard had 12 points and Chase Duncan scored 10 for CA.
The Tigers trailed 6-4 as the first quarter clocked ticked down, but Howard stole an errant Bulldog pass and knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give LMS a 7-6 lead at the buzzer.
The Bulldogs started the second period on a 6-0 run to regain the lead at 12-7 before Joamil Hazel nailed a triple to bring the Tigers back to within two before the foul bug hit the home team and Columbia Academy took full advantage with another 6-0 run to end the quarter with an 18-10 lead.
"I thought the guys that came in off the bench really battled and kept the game close," Lovell said. "It was our first game, we were a little nervous and hopefully some shots we missed tonight will start falling as we get better."
The Tigers pulled to within 19-14 midway through the third quarter behind two buckets from Howard, but two Bulldog 3-pointers and two layups pushed the lead to 29-14 with two minutes left in the quarter and Columbia Academy never looked back.
Howard added six more points and Hazel hit his second three of the night in the fourth, but the damage had already doomed the Tigers as the Bulldogs pulled away for the 16-point win.
"We've got to be more physical rebounding the ball," Lovell said. "And we've got to make better passes. Our passing has got to be better. Too many lobs and weak passes that have got to be sharper."
CA 6 12 12 13-41
LMS 7 3 6 9-25
Columbia Academy-Kavarres Tears 13, Max Bullard 12, Chase Duncan 10, Tanner Ham 5, Hayden Morgan 1, Hayden Headley 1
Three-point goals- Duncan, Ham
LMS- A'Ky Howard 14, Koamil Hazel 8, Joamil Hazel 3
Three-point goals-K. Hazel 2, Howard