LAKEWOOD — Baby, it was cold outside.
It was Lakewood’s chilly shooting from the perimeter that played a major part in Elyria going home with a 55-49 victory Friday night in a Northeast Ohio Conference game.
Kevin Knab and Josh Reagan, Lakewood’s post players, combined for 40 points. But the Rangers made only three 3-pointers all night, although definitely not from a lack of trying.
“Yes,” said Elyria coach Bob Walsh when asked if Lakewood is a better outside shooting team than what it showed Friday. “They were hurrying to shoot and they had hands in the face on almost every shot. Our pressure had something to do with their shooting.”
“Those guys can knock down (perimeter) shots, but for some reason we couldn’t buy one tonight,” Lakewood coach John Silva said. “It eventually caught up to us in the end, because our defense kept us in the game.”
Lakewood (4-2, 0-2 NOC) had a chance to tie the score with Elyria leading 52-49. Knab, who led all scorers with 21 points, passed outside to Dan Shannon, who fired a
3-pointer from the left corner with about 40 seconds to go. The shot never came near the basket as Demetrius Dalton got a hand on the ball and Promis Cabbil recoverd for Elyria (3-1, 2-0 NOC).
It was one of many heroic plays for Dalton, who led the Pioneers with 20 points. Dalton scored Elyria’s first
10 points of the second half as the Pioneers opened the biggest lead of the evening at 34-25 with 4:21 left in the third quarter.
Lakewood started coming back at that point. The Rangers outscored Elyria 12-2 to take the lead at 37-36. A basket by Knab gave Lakewood a 41-39 lead with 6:12 left in the game.
Elyria answered by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to go up 49-43. Lakewood cut it to two before Cabbil nailed a 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining.
Knab answered at 1:28. A traveling call against Elyria at 1:16 gave the Rangers the ball before Dalton’s block kept the lead in Pioneers’ hands. Dalton then rebounded a missed shot at Elyria’s end, got fouled and made one of two free throws.
Lakewood launched two more errant 3-point tries before Cabbill rebounded and was hit with :00.1 on the clock. Cabbil made both free throws for the final 55-49 score.
“Winning on the road was a biggie,” Walsh said. “Lakewood is a physical team and will take you out of what you want to do. We told our kids they’d have to be strong with the ball.”
Walsh praised the defensive work of Seryrell Davis, Travis Noble and Mykel Williams, who all had the unenviable job of guarding the 6-foot-6 Knab.
“They all took turns on him,” Walsh said. “Knab is a very good player, and he still got his points, but they made him work for them.”
Elyria was 20-of-40 from the field. Lakewood went 19-of-51 from the field after a 7-of-28 first half.
ELYRIA 55, LAKEWOOD 49
Elyria 11 13 13 18 – 55
Lakewood 10 11 16 12 – 49
ELYRIA (55): Promis Cabbil 4-5-14, Demetrius Dalton 8-1-20, Rayshawn Camel 2-0-4, Seryrell Davis 2-4-8, Travis Noble 3-1-7, Mykel Williams 1-0-2, John Yeaples 0-0-0. Totals: 20-11-55.
LAKEWOOD (49): Patrick Barrett 0-0-0, Kevin Knab 8-5-21, Brian Evans 0-0-0, Dan Shannon 1-0-3, Joe Matrodonato 1-0-3, Josh Reagan 8-3-19, Josh Larney 1-0-3, George Newbrough 0-0-0. Totals: 19-8-49.
Three-point goals: Elyria 4 (Dalton 3, Cabbil), Lakewood 3 (Mastrodonato, Shannon, Larney). Rebounds: Elyria 20 (Davis 7), Lakewood 21 (Knab, Mastrodonato 8). Turnovers: Elyia 20, Lakewood 12. Total fouls: Elyria 11, Lakewood 14. Fouled out: None.
Junior varsity: Lakewood 43, Elyria 36.