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Lancers Lashed

Second half woes doom East Union

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Lancers Lashed

East Union's Ken Ramos drives to the hoop under pressure late in the second half during Wednesday's varsity game at East Union's Dalben Center.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED January 7, 2010 2:29 a.m.
Everything appeared to be in place for the East Union Lancers as they traded shots with the visiting Sonora Wildcats Wednesday night at Dalben Center.

And then the second quarter rolled around.

With Sonora’s star guard Alex Kiriluk leading the way, the Wildcats erupted for 26 points and a lead that would prove to be insurmountable for the Lancers who fell 81-66 for their second consecutive Valley Oak League defeat.

“We’ve been just spotting teams too many points and trying to catch up late – it’s something that we can’t be doing,” said East Union head coach Brett Lewis. “We were playing good basketball and we closed the gap there at the end, but we have to work on not getting ourselves into that hole in the first place.”

After playing Sonora to a 17-16 first quarter score, the Lancers could only watch as Kiriluk teamed up with the Wildcat offense for what end up becoming the game-deciding quarter. Sonora walked into the locker room at the half with a 16 point lead and what appeared to be all of the game’s momentum.
But the Lancers – who had kept themselves in the game with impressive perimeter shooting – were far from rolling over.

Freshman phenom Jordan Kron nailed two deep three-point shots in the game’s second half to lead the Lancer offense on a run of their own. East Union would cut the Sonora lead down to six points by the middle of the fourth quarter, but would be unable to get any closer after a penalty bonus sent the Wildcats to the free-throw line nine times from that point forward.

“It was just like what happened to us last night – we were down by 21 points and we cut the lead down to only 3,” Lewis said. “We’re a great second-half team, but we’ve to be able to put those points up earlier when it really counts.”
Kiriluk let Sonora’s offensive production with 27 points, while post player Zach Gorgas finished second with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Kron finished the night with 25 points, while Tyler Bylow added an additional 16 and Teejay Gordon finished with 11 points.

The Lancers will take the court again on Friday when they travel across town to take on the Sierra Timberwolves. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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