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EU erupts in second half for comeback victory

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EU erupts in second half for comeback victory

East Union's Robert Vaughn goes to the basket strong during the Lancer's 84-80 win over the Bear Creek Bruins.


POSTED December 17, 2009 2:17 a.m.
STOCKTON – With heads hanging low and a scoreboard reading the improbable, the East Union Lancers walked into the locker room searching for answers. Those answers came in the form of long-range shooting, with the Lancers outscoring Bear Creek by 22 points in a come-from-behind 84-80 win over the Bruins Wednesday in Stockton.

Jordan Kron opened the third period nailing back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers, slicing a 19 point deficit to 10 and giving the Lancers reason to believe accomplishing the impossible could very well become a reality.

Kron ignited an East Union (4-3) offense that was somewhat stale in the opening two periods, hanging on by the hot hand of Tyler Bylow. When the other Lancers were having troubles, Bylow held it together with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. East Union would not stay cold long, changing the game’s entire atmosphere by lighting it up from behind the arc.

“We are a scoring team and we know that we have four guys who can shoot above average from 3-point land,” Lancer head coach Brett Lewis. “I spoke to my team at halftime, I didn’t scream, I told them they have guys hot and you can’t do anything about that. We just have to believe at all times that if we get open we can knock down a shot.

“They knew we would be coming out firing.”

Bear Creek (5-3) did all the firing in the first half, with senior guard Mandip Rai sharpshooting his way to 20 first half points, complete with six 3-pointers. His performance alone left all in attendance expecting a Bear Creek rout.

“We had our heads down walking off the court for halftime,” East Union guard Robert Vaughn said. “We struggle a little bit in the first half, but we all knew we were capable of putting it together to beat a good team.

“We’ve done it before, so we put our hearts into the comeback.”

East Union was phenomenal against Rai in the second half, holding the Bruins’ leading scorer to just a pair of 3-pointers and a harmless six points.

“We knew he could shoot and we knew he was going to put the ball in the hoop,” Lewis said of Rai. “Coming out halftime we didn’t want to put a guy on him full court, or do anything special. I just wanted my guys to talk as a team and know where he was at at all times.”

Vaughn played the role of scrappy-Lancer, playing aggressive defense and giving the Lancers offensive production when the Bruins were seemingly getting on track at the hoop. Vaughn was one of five Lancers in double-figures, finishing with 12.

Kron led all Lancers with 23, Teejay Gordon finished with 21 and senior captain Ricky Inderbitzin added 10. The victory was more than a win for East Union, reiterating that the Lancers will be a team to be reckoned with no matter who the opponent is.

“We didn’t quit,” Inderbitzin said. “Everyone in that locker room knew that we could come back because we came back during summer league against them the same way.

“No one gave up; we all thought we could do it again.”

The Lancers will have a lengthy stretch of time off, hitting the court Dec. 28 against Berkeley High in the opening round of the Bear Creek Tournament.

Brandon Kline pumped in 18 points Wednesday to lead the East Union sophomores to a 39-25 road victory over the Bear Creek Bruins.

The win came thanks a 19-2 third quarter run that would allow East Union to pull away.

With Will Brink pouring in 13 points and Justin Olivero adding another 12, the East Union freshman downed Bear Creek 41-37.

While the Lancers trailed heading into the fourth quarter, they put together a 17-9 run in the game’s final minutes that proved to be the difference.
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