OBERLIN — Some came off of circus shots. Others were airborne pictures of beauty. One after another, the shots came — from near and far, guarded by one, two, sometimes even three defenders. And the baskets certainly came often.
Scott Voiers and Morgan Jones confirmed why they are two of the most electrifying talents in the Patriot Athletic Conference.
In what might have been a preview of a tightly contested conference race, Voiers and Jones put on a show, with Lutheran West’s senior guard putting up 39 points to lead the Longhorns to a 77-75 victory Tuesday night at Oberlin High School’s gymnasium.
Jones was every bit as brilliant, scoring 28 points and nearly leading the Phoenix to an upset of the PAC’s two-time defending champ.
“That was a lot of fun and Jones is a heck of a player,” said Voiers, who connected on 15 of 24 attempts from the field. “This was a big win for us. The conference is going to be tough this year and we have to be ready.”
For the second game in a row, the Longhorns (3-1 overall, 2-0 PAC) held on — barely. Last Friday, Lutheran West held off Clearview in overtime for a
They faced an emerging Oberlin
(2-3, 1-2 PAC) team that spreads the floor, traps its opponents and assaults the basket with bombs from the perimeter.
But Jones, a junior point guard, is the team’s spark. And he relentlessly attacked the basket, splitting defenders, then popping mid-range jumpers or finding cutting teammates in the corner.
Though the Phoenix knocked down six 3-pointers in the first half and took several short leads, the Longhorns appeared to take control of the game at the end of the third quarter, as Voiers hit back-to-back layups to take a 60-50 advantage.
Oberlin trailed by eight points with four minutes left in regulation, but Steve Kilgore, a 6-foot-2 senior power forward, grabbed four steals in the fourth quarter alone and sparked the comeback.
“A lot of guys stepped up in this game and it put us in position at the end,” said Jones.
Kris Robinson’s running jumper with 1:13 left pulled Oberlin to within 74-73. But that aggressive defense, which forced 15 Lutheran West turnovers, bit them at the end. Voiers went to the line four times in the final minute – about the last player the Phoenix wanted to shoot free throws. When the senior guard missed the second of two, Adam Moses picked up the offensive board and the Longhorns closed it out.
“These kinds of games are good for us,” said Oberlin coach Kurt Russell. “We learn from games like this and it will give our kids confidence. That’s a very talented team we faced and we didn’t back down one bit.”
The Lutheran West continued its bumpy road through the early portion of its season. While the Longhorns have won three games already, the performances have been uneven – especially in its defensive consistency.
But Longhorns coach Phil Argento says his team is learning fast.
“The time to get us is early,” warned Argento. “We’re going to get better as the year goes on. We’ve got some young players that are maturing.”
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Lutheran West 77, Oberlin 75
LUTHERAN WEST (77): Scott Voiers 15-5-39, Caleb O’Hara 0-1-1, Stephon Seton 6-1-13, Paul Fackler 1-2-4, Ryan Feher 5-2-12, Adam Moses 3-0-6, Bryan Theriot 1-0-2. Totals 31-11-44.
OBERLIN (75): Kris Robinson 5-2-14, Austin Pinkston 4-0-11, Morgan Jones 12-2-28, Steve Kilgore 7-5-20, Shwuan Stevenson 1-0-2. Totals 29-9-75.
Lutheran West 21 16 23 17 – 77
Oberlin 22 14 14 25 – 75
3-point goals: Lutheran West 4 (Voiers 4); Oberlin 8 (Pinkston 3, Robinson 2, Jones 2, Kilgore). Free throws: Lutheran West 11-19; Oberlin 8-20. Turnovers: Lutheran West 15; Oberlin 19. Fouls: Lutheran West 18; Oberlin 15. Fouled out: Andrew Thomas.
Junior varsity: Lutheran West, 63-44.