Meyer’s dunk lifts LP boys

Published 10:49 pm Monday, January 9, 2012

Lyle-Pacelli's Skylar Meyer throws down a dunk with six seconds left to give the Athletics the lead for good in a 56-53 win over the Rochester Home Schoolers in Lyle Monday. Meyer finished with 30 points. -- Rocky Hulne/

LYLE — It couldn’t have ended much better for Lyle-Pacelli junior Skylar Meyer.

With a chance to make a game winning shot, Meyer took it straight to the rack, muscled up a two handed jam, and drew a foul. Meyer went on to hit a free throw that sealed a 56-53 win for the Lyle-Pacelli boys basketball team over the Rochester Home Schoolers Monday.

“I just fulfilled my dream,” said Meyer, who finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. “I don’t know what happened, they just didn’t play me and I got to the basket.”

Lyle-Pacelli's Steven Juenger, center, fights for a rebound with Ben Cole, left, and Ryan Lowe, of the Rochester Home Schoolers in Lyle Monday. -- Rocky Hulne/

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Meyer started as the in-bounds passer on the final play. He fired a pass to David Diang, cut to the hoop and found himself free when Diang made a perfect pass.

Since Meyer’s score came with six seconds left, the Home Schoolers had a chance to tie, but Ben Cole’s last second three-pointer rimmed out as time expired.

“I was hoping (our shot would be) more towards the end of the game, I didn’t think there would still be six seconds left, but it was a good opportunity,” L-P head coach Casey Anderson said. “I would say 75 percent of (that play is) David, if he doesn’t give him a nice bounce pass right away, he could throw it away.”

The Athletics (5-3 overall) trailed by 14 at the half but Meyer hit a three and jumper to spur a 12-0 run that made it a 39-38 Home Schooler lead with 10:03 left. LP took its first lead when Meyer scored inside to make it 48-47, but the Home Schoolers eventually tied the game at 53 when Alex Plevak came up with a steal and lay-up with 49.8 seconds left.

“I thought this was the best we’ve played all year,” Anderson said. “They’re big, athletic and they jump. We’re smaller and younger, but I was really impressed with how the kids came out in the second half.”

LP has now won five straight games and it has held it’s opponent to 22 points or fewer in each of those wins. Meyer said the Athletics weren’t about to settle for a loss.

Lyle-Pacelli's David Diang pulls up for a jump shot against the Rochester Home Schoolers in Lyle Monday. -- Rocky Hulne/

“We started working hard and playing physical with them,” he said. “We didn’t let them push us around anymore. We really wanted a big win to keep the streak going.”

Diang finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Damien Haugen had six points and eight rebounds for LP.

RHS 33 22 — 53

LP 19 37 — 56

LP scoring: Skylar Meyer, 30; David Diang, 13; Damien Haugen, 6; Jordan Hart, 3; Steven Juenger, 1; Max Brennan, 1; free throws: 54 percent (13-for-24); rebounds: 37 (Diang, 9); turnovers: 14

RHS scoring: Ryan Lowe, 15; Alex Plevak, 14; Noah Plevak, 8; Zach Parlier, 4; Keiser Wurgler, 4; Elias Rosedahl, 4; Ben Cole, 2; free throws: 50 percent (1-for-2); rebounds: 34 (Lowe, 11); turnovers: 25