BAXTER SPRINGS - The Lions entertained the old CNC League foe, the Red Devils of Erie, last Tuesday, with a 62-48 victory.
The Lions finished with four players in double figures. Preston Landis led the Lions with 14 points. Tucker Graves had 13 points, Trey White 12, and Max Sheffer 10. Brant Trease added nine points.
Baxter Springs started the game down 5-4 after White picked up his second foul very early, and sat the remainder of the quarter. Sheffer completed a free throw, and a field goal. After 6’ 6” Graves came off the bench and muscled underneath for two baskets, the Lions led 11-9.
Erie’s Tyler Pasquarelli on his trey put the Red Devils up 12-11. Landis made good on two charity tosses, followed by a baseline drive by Landis for a Lion 15-12 advantage. The Red Devils’ Jaden Gard hit a 3-pointer, but Landis drove the baseline again to finish the first period up 17-15.
After Landis’ two more free throws, the game was tied at 19 to start the second period. Sheffer and Trease scored for the Lions, bringing them to 23. Erie came back on a 9-point run to regain the lead 28-23. With 1:49 left in the half, Stephan Namelo scored. Erie came back ahead 30-25, and finished the half up 32-26.
The Lions defense stepped up in the second half by not allowing the Red Devils to score until three minutes were taken off the clock in the third quarter. Trease started the third quarter with a successful two-plus-one. With White back in his groove, he scored. Then Sheffer scored, and White hit a short jumper. On Sheffer’s field goal the Lions retook the lead 37-32.
White put the Lions at 40 with a two and free throw. Later White hit a trey for a 43-35 lead. Baxter Springs went into the final period ahead 51-40 with Landis’ two underneath baskets.
Again, the Lions held the Red Devils scoreless for the first half of the final quarter, then it took two more minutes for Erie to score again.
The boys traveled across the Missouri border on Thursday to play in Diamond. With the 59-36 win the Lions finished their 2017 season with 2-1 record.
Baxter Springs outscored Diamond 19-14 in the second period, but allowed Diamond to score 14. The Lions led 30-19 at the half break. Baxter Springs scored 17 points in the third period, and 12 in the final quarter for the easy win.
With two treys, White finished with 23 points. Off the bench fellow junior Blake Thiessen had his highest varsity game with 10 points. Junior Billy Buck added six points, and senior Trease also had six.