LORAIN — Demon Hisle was feeling it before the game Wednesday.
The senior guard came off the bench to spark the Titans, scoring a career-high 18 points in a 60-40 non-conference rout of Sandusky.
Hisle entered the game with his team down five points and immediately hit a 3-pointer before driving to the basket for a layup to spark an 11-2 run that was capped off by a Rashod Berry basket, a Nazihar Bohannan layup and a Devon Andrews
two-handed dunk. It ended with the Titans holding a four-point lead at the end of one quarter.
“The day before in practice, I was hitting a lot of threes,” Hisle said. “I was like “Man, I’m really stroking ‘em,’ and then I came out in the game and they were falling for me.”
Lorain (11-10) turned up its defensive pressure in the second quarter and was able to shut out Sandusky, which went 0-for-14 from the field and didn’t score a point in the quarter.
Gerald Howard scored six of his 10 points in the second to lead the Titans, who outscored the Blue Streaks 14-0 that also included baskets from Eddie Williamson, Hisle and Berry.
“Once we got adjusted to their zone, we started dissecting it a little bit,” Lorain coach John Rositano said. “What got us going was the end of the first quarter and second quarter, our defensive pressure caused them to take bad shots. We did a good job rebounding the bad shots and then we got some easy baskets and got the game going in our favor.”
Hisle continued his hot hand in the third quarter, going 4-for-5 from the field, including three more 3-pointers.
“I just wanted to go out and give it everything I had,” Hisle said. “I’ve been thinking a lot to myself how I want my last games to be played on this court.
“Coach kept telling me to shoot threes if I got a good look. Tonight, I felt that I had good looks, so I took them and they went down.”
Lorain came out sluggish to start the third quarter, turning the ball over three straight times, while Sandusky’s George Brown and Davion Fisher both scored on easy layups. That snapped a 10-minute scoring drought for the Blue Streaks.
Sandusky was able to cut the deficit to 14 before Hisle went back to work, connecting on back-to-back threes that sparked a 15-2 run to close out the quarter and go into the fourth with a 27-point lead. Hisle’s 3-point shot at the 26-second mark of the third capped the run.
“If they were going to beat us, we wanted them to make outside shots and not give up second-chance points,” said Sandusky coach Dustin Sharp, whose team slipped to 3-18. “As the game went on, they hit some outside shots, we gave up rebounding and their overall athleticism won the battle in the trenches in the long run.”
The Titans will host Warrensville Heights on Friday to close out the regular season before hosting Rhodes in the first-round of Division I sectional play next Wednesday.
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Lorain 60, Sandusky 40
SANDUSKY (40): George Brown 5-1-11, Davion Fisher 3-0-6, Jayreese Williams 6-0-14, Bryan Williams 1-0-2, Demond Hopkins 1-2-4, Michael Delk 0-0-0, Deontre Palma 1-1-3, Jaleele Brown 0-0-0. Totals 17-4-40.
LORAIN (60): Daviere Andrews 2-0-4, Eddie Williamson 3-1-7, Devon Andrews 2-2-6, Gerald Howard 4-2-10, Rashod Berry 3-0-6, Demon Hisle 7-0-18, Jaheel Moon 0-0-0, Jamar Ross 1-0-3, Robert Oursler 0-0-0, Xavier Harrison 1-0-2, Nazihar Bohannon 2-0-4. Totals 25-5-60.
Sandusky 14 0 10 16 — 40
Lorain 18 14 19 9 — 60
Three-point goals: Sandusky 2-14 (J. Williams 2), Lorain 5-13 (Hisle 4, Ross). Field goals: Sandusky 17-54 (31 percent), Lorain 25-60 (42 percent). Free throws: Sandusky 4-6 (67 percent), Lorain 5-14 (36 percent). Rebounds: Sandusky 33 (Fisher, B. Williams, Hopkins 5), Lorain 47 (Berry, Bohannon 9). Total fouls: Sandusky 10, Lorain 12. Turnovers: Sandusky 11, Lorain 8.