Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lutes win big, fall short of playoffs

By: Brandon Adam, Guest Reporter

The Lutes enjoyed stunning victories over the Pacific Boxers, winning 78-41 Friday and the George Fox Bruins 86-61 Saturday, breaking a four game losing streak.

“It was a team effort tonight,” wing junior Cameron Schilling said about their first game.
Olson Auditorium was packed with Lute fans Friday and Saturday night. Some supporters stood the entirety of each game, holding paper cut-outs of players, cheering, jeering and ultimately witnessing the Lutes deliver the hurt to the Boxers and Bruins.

The beat-down on the Boxers started when junior guard Drew Earnest made two consecutive 3 pointers in the first half. Schilling and guard senior James Conti also landed crucial 3 pointers, solidifying the lead.

“Obviously, we shot the ball pretty well,” head coach Steve Dickerson said.
The entire team enjoyed the victory over the Boxers.

Schilling said team members who don’t normally get playing time were able to get in and make some plays.

Olson went wild when first-year Austin Wilson, a 6’6” point guard, stood out with a tremendous jumper in the end of the second half.

By the end of the first half, the Lutes led the Boxers 29-21.

Coming out in the second half, the Lutes stepped up the defense while adding more points to their side of the scoreboard. The Lutes only allowed the Boxers to score 20 more points.

“We played really well on defense at the second half,” Dickerson said regarding the first game on Friday.

The Lute’s relentless defense and shooting would make for a bigger win the next night against the George Fox Bruins. Schillings made 6 defensive rebounds and Conti had five steals against George Fox.

Schillings and sophomore guard Arvid Isaksen were also the highest scoring players in Saturday’s game, making 33 points total for the Lutes.

“We played really well in the first half, defensively. We were up by 30 at halftime almost,” Conti said “I mean, we had some lapses in the second half on defense, but all in all I think it was a good game for us, a good way to go out.”

The lapses in the Lutes’ defense allowed the Bruins to make 42 more points in the second half, but the consistent scoring by Schillings, Conti and Isaken would seal another big win for Lutes.

Conti and senior Zachary Klien played aggressively in their last games. Conti scored a total of 30 points and Klien 19 points on Friday and Saturday night.

The Lutes were hopeful for a playoff spot, but it wasn’t so: Lewis & Clark beat Pacific 70-57, denying them a place in the postseason.

Though it would be the last two games for the Lutes, Dickerson has high hopes for the team next year.

“We’re gonna miss James Conti and Zack Klien, but we have a lot of good young kids coming back.”