Athletics cruise past Cardinals

Published 10:15 pm Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lyle-Pacelli's David Diang cuts through a pair of LeRoy-Ostrander defenders on the way to the hoop during the first half Thursday night at Pacelli. - Eric Johnson/

It took a little awhile, but the Lyle-Pacelli boys basketball team eventually found its rhythm in a 59-31 over LeRoy-Ostrander in Pacelli Gym Thursday.

The Athletics (4-3 overall, 2-2 SEC) led just 28-21 at the half, but they held the Cards (1-9 overall, 0-6 SEC) to 10 points in the second half. L-P finished the game on a 17-4 run.

“We came in overconfident and LeRoy out-worked us in the first half,” LP head coach Casey Anderson said. “In the second half we started running our offense and things went better.”

LeRoy-Ostrander's Mitch Scaglione shoots over Lyle-Pacelli's Max Brennan during the second half Thursday night at Pacelli. - Eric Johnson/

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David Diang had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Athletics, who finished the have now won four in a row.

“It’s good that we won, but we didn’t play as well as we would like too,” Diang said. “But overall, it feels like we’re playing more and more like a team each game. The Schaeffer loss brought us down, but the Triton win brought us back up.”

The Cardinals had just four players score and two of them — Zach Roysten and Mitch Scaglione — were saddled with foul trouble.

“We played good in the first half but in the second half we didn’t rebound very well and their pressure got to us,” L-O head coach Jason Jude said.

LO 21 10 — 31

LP 28 31 — 59

LP scoring: David Diang, 19; Josh Hart, 10; Damien Haugen, 9; Skylar Meyer, 9; Max Brennan, 6; Alex Oskirko, 3; Jonah Rohne, 2; Sean Shapiro, 1; free throws: 36 percent (15-for-42); rebounds: 38 (Brennan, 11; Diang, 11)

LO scoring: Zach Roysten, 11; Mitch Scaglione, 8; Dom Lazzara, 8; Nate Bunne, 4; free throws: 40 percent (6-for-15)