Cody Meyer scores 1,000th point as Athletics topple Wolverines

Published 10:08 pm Monday, January 18, 2010

Cody Meyer wasn’t nervous about scoring his 1,000th point Monday night and it’s probably because he didn’t know it was coming.

But it was pretty obvious to him he had done something worthwhile when the game was stopped after he drove for a lay-up in the midst of Lyle/Pacelli’s 55-39 win over Glenville/Emmons in a boys basketball game in Pacelli.

“I had no idea,” said Meyer. “My mom was asking me and I had know idea how close I was (to 1,000 points). The whistle blew and I didn’t know why the game was being stopped (at first).”

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Meyer’s milestone bucket put L/P (7-5 overall, 6-2) up 43-22 with 14 minutes left in the game and he finished with 24 points and seven steals.

“I’m proud of Cody’s effort,” L/P head coach Reid Olson said. “Tonight was one of the most complete games he’s played in a long, long time. Maybe even all of his four years, it certainly ranks up there. He was under control and just taking over.”

After missing an early perimeter jump shot, Meyer made up his mind he was going to take it to the hoop against the Wolverines’ man-to-man defense. He finished with 14 points in the first half as L/P closed the first half on a 12-1 run and opened the second half with seven straight points.

“I tried to clear it out so Brady (Stier) and I could work on the same side,” Meyer said. “When they switched on the pick and roll, I could drive all day to the hoop.”

Stier added 17 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals for L/P and G/E/ never got closer than 16 after Michael Lonergan’s three made it 37-19 L/P with 17:01 left in the second half.

“I was proud of our effort and our execution tonight,” Olson said.

The Wolverines (6-5 overall, 3-4 SEC) jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game, but L/P’s defensive pressure turned the game around. L/P forced 21 G/E turnovers on the night while limiting their turnovers to 13.

“We knew it was a rivalry game and they were going come out and give us a big fight right away and we had to weather the storm,” Olson said. “Tonight was the best half court defense we’ve played all year. It’s great to see us pressuring the ball and funneling everything outside.”

G/E 19 20 — 39

L/P 32 23 — 55

L/P scoring: Cody Meyer, 24; Brady Stier, 17; Michael Lonergan, 5; Kyle Pereault, 4; Ryan Rust, 3; Skylar Meyer, 2; free throws: 62 percent (13-for-21); rebounds: 28 (Stier, 8); turnovers: 13

G/E/ scoring: Tyler Woodside, 10; Landon Hall, 8; Derek Sanderson, 8; Michael Adams, 4; Andrew Lau, 4; Ryan Dempewolf, 3; Peter Hanson, 1; free throws: 68 percent (13-for-19); rebounds: 34 (Woodside, 9); turnovers: 21