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Bruins ignite, rip Eagles

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LHS's 69-48 win advances it to face Easley

By Robert Howey

 

   

Once the Lancaster Bruins got going, they rolled.

The 10th-ranked Bruins picked up their play as the game wore on and cruised to a 69-48 win over Greenwood High School in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State basketball playoffs on Wednesday night.

LHS’s 21-point win sends the Bruins to a second-round road clash with Easley High School on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Easley, 20-5 and rated No. 9 in the latest Class AAAA poll, survived in an 83-77 home win over Mauldin on Wednesday night.

Lancaster, which started slow and held a 28-17 halftime lead, picked up the pace in the pivotal third period with a 21-12 surge to build a 49-29 lead.

A key stretch in the third quarter came when LHS extended its lead to 41-22 on an 8-2 run keyed by buckets from four different players. The key spree featured a trio of twos from top scorer Sindarius Thornwell, Qua Duncan and Alan Robinson along with a Nate Bush trey.

“That run was like our play for the game,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “We had four players in double figures for the night and I thought we did a good job of distributing the ball and getting team production.”

After the LHS run, Greenwood was able to slice the Bruins’ lead to 16, but Lancaster answered to build its lead back to 20, 49-29, at the end of the third period.

Lancaster, 18-7, opened the final period with a 7-0 surge to build a 56-29 edge on buckets from Ron Trapps and Forrest Woodard to go with a Thornwell trey to seal the issue.

Lancaster built its lead to as much as 33-points – 66-33 – before posting the decisive win.

“We did a good job on the boards and I felt we did a good job of converting turnovers into points and that gave us an edge,” Priester said. “We got stronger as the game wore on.”

Trapps led the LHS attack with 18 points, 10 in the second half. Qua Duncan, who came off the LHS bench, hit 13, nine in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Thornwell also scored 13, 11 in the second half, to go with 12 boards. Junior Nate Bush netted 12, nine in the first half.

Robinson finished with five points. Woodard hit four. Shaq Williams and KeAnthony Foster each added two points.

“That’s eight different players scoring, with four in double figures,” Priester said.

Greenwood, which finished 6-15, was led by Desmond Thomasson, who scored 13 points, nine in the second half. Dee Barcliff added 11, nine in the second half. Marquavious Lewis added eight points.

Lancaster turns it focus to its second-round foe, Easley.

“Each round as you go is tougher,” Priester said. “We’re glad to still be playing and we know we have to be ready on Saturday night. We were 21 of 31 at the foul line and we have to concentrate on that area. In the playoffs, you have to be on top of your game in all phases.”