Lawrenceburg boys start with a win over Milan

Lawrenceburg- After a slight delay to the start of their season, the Lawrenceburg Tigers boys’ basketball team hosted the Milan Indians on Saturday night. With half of the team fresh from a state championship appearance and just now eligible to play on the court, the Tigers look ready for EIAC competition next weekend.

The Tigers started the contest with a three pointer from Gerrold Taylor. After a few possessions to shake off the rust, the Tigers and Indians were tied at 8-8 with three minutes to go in the first period. Coach Brad Cutter saw his offense start clicking and for the next three minutes it was all Tiger basketball. Logan Ahaus drained two long balls, Taylor hit a jumper, Cooper Bobo went coast to coast and slammed down the thunder, and junior Ben Cornett drove to the hoop and laid one in as the quarter expired. A 12-3 run had the Tigers up 20-11 after one period. 

The second period began with a Bobo steal and drive to the lane that drew a foul, sending him to the line to add points for Lawrenceburg. Noah Knigga found himself on the line adding another Tiger freebie, Cornett followed with a basket, and Bobo tickled the twine with a three pointer. Lawrenceburg had doubled up the Indians 27-13 just 2:30 into the period. After a full timeout Milan scored four unanswered points while the Tigers got cold, going 0-4 over the next several possessions. Nathan Voss hit a three pointer for Milan and the Lawrenceburg lead slipped to six. Charlie Meyer got the home team back on track and scored the next three points for Tigers to take a 30-23 lead at the half.


In the third frame, Cutter’s Tigers went on an 11-5 run through the first half of the period to go up 41-28. Sam Cornett scored five of those points for Lawrenceburg. Taylor extended the Tigers lead hitting back-to-back shots and LHS went up by 20. Milan stopped a 12-0 Lawrenceburg run by picking up a pair of free throws, then a Bobo freebie was the final point in the third frame. The Tigers outscored Milan in the quarter 19-7 and led by 19 points to start the fourth quarter, 49-30. Rohrer got the Tigers first basket of the final period, Knigga added another, then Rohrer and Meyer scored back-to-back. The Indians kept pace with Lawrenceburg, scoring 10 points in the first half of the frame and it was 59-40 with four minutes to go. In the final four minutes Milan scored 10 more points while LHS secured their lead from the foul line. The Tigers hit six of their eight attempts in the final half of the quarter. Ahaus got an open look and hit the final Lawrenceburg field game of the game and gave the Tigers a 67-50 opening night win. Lawrenceburg will be in action next Friday when they travel to Batesville for their first EIAC matchup of the year. LHS was led in scoring by Taylor with 12, Ahaus, S. Cornett, and Bobo all finished with 9, Knigga and Rohrer 8, Meyer 6, B. Cornett 4, and JP Izzo ended the game hitting two free throws and finishing the game with two points. 

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