DECATUR — The LSA boys basketball team withstood a barrage of 3-pointers and a late run from Champaign Judah Christian to open 2018 with a 77-66 win on Tuesday.
Judah Christian hit four of its 14 3-pointers in the first quarter, but the Lions (12-2) scored the last 16 points of the quarter to take a 27-16 lead
"They hit some threes early but we managed to play through that," LSA coach Tom Saunches said. "We went on a big run to end the first quarter and just took off from there."
LSA pushed its lead to 62-39 after three quarters, then withstood a 27-15 run in the fourth.
Grant Karsten had 22 points to lead LSA, including three of the Lions' eight 3-pointers. Garrett Guske added 18 and Ezra Schaal had 16 for LSA.
"I was very pleased with how we played — Judah only had one loss coming in," Saunches said. "We ran the floor very well and we shared the ball. (Judah Christian) was, like most teams we play, much bigger than us, yet we had considerably more rebounds than them as well."
Clinton 63, LeRoy 50
CLINTON — The Maroons posted one of their best wins of the year, handing LeRoy its third loss behind three players in double figures scoring.
"We got out to a good start in the first half — we played solid defense and made them take tough shots," Clinton coach Clay Haurberg said. "We did a really good job of keeping Noah Perry out of his rhythm — had had four first-half points."
Senior point guard Austin Baker led Clinton (8-3) with 16 points, with Seth Westfall adding 13 and Chase Reynolds 11.
"Offensively, we were getting inside looks and transition baskets, which helped us stretch our lead," Haurberg said. "LeRoy made a really strong run at us in the second half, as Perry got into a groove, and we had a few too many turnovers.
"But we were able to maintain our composure and hit 7 of our 8 foul shots in the fourth to come away with the win."