LP drops season opener to Kingsland; Bollingberg leads Athletics with 19 points
Published 10:05 pm Thursday, November 29, 2018
LYLE — The Lyle-Pacelli boys basketball team made some runs, but it was never able to get over the hump as it lost its season opener Thursday night to Kingsland 65-60.
Despite committing 15 turnovers and only forcing four turnovers, the Athletics (0-1 overall, 0-1 SEC) never trailed by double digits for the entire night and they were within 54-51 with two minutes left when eighth-grader Buoy Koak hit his third three-pointer of the second half.
LP ran out of time as Cole Walter, who had seven points, three rebounds and eight assists, and Mach Diang, who had nine points, six rebounds and three blocks, both fouled out in the final minutes.
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LP also struggled with rebounds in the loss as the Knights (1-0 overall) were able to create second-chance points early and often.
“Rebounding hurt us,” LP senior Trace Fishbaugher said. “We didn’t check off how we wanted to. A shot went up and we didn’t put a body on anybody.”
LP held a brief 22-21 lead in the first half after Diang scored on a put-back with 6:35 left in the first half, but Kingsland responded when Reid Kruegel hit a three. The Knights never trailed again.
While LP has a young roster, Fishbaugher, a senior, doesn’t think it will take long for the Athletics to get going.
Sophomore Zach Bollingberg had 19 points, five rebounds and three assists for LP and sophomore Jed Nelson added six points and eight rebounds.
“We don’t really need to get them up to speed,” Fishbaugher said. “Cole, Zach and Jed and have been starting and they know what to do. Cole’s a great floor leader, Zach does it all and Jed’s just great for us.”
Kingsland 32 33 — 65
LP 27 33 — 60
LP scoring: Zach Bollingberg, 19; Mach Diang, 9; Buoy Koak, 9; Cole Walter, 7; Aron Hoffer-Toth, 6; Jed Nelson, 6; Trace Fishbaugher, 4; free throws: 45 percent (5-for-11); rebounds: 39 (Nelson, 8); turnovers: 15