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Firelands 67, Lutheran West 59
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Senior Ricky Downer poured in 20 points but it wasn’t enough to lift the visiting Longhorns over host Firelands. Lutheran West had an 11-point lead in the middle of the third quarter, but struggled down the stretch and eventually lost by 8.
Firelands won the game at the line, knocking down 19 of 22 free throws in the fourth quarter. LW, who shot only 14 free throws in the fourth quarter, hit only 8. Firelands hit only two field goals in the fourth quarter, compared to LW’s five, but outscored LW in the quarter by five points. 
Lutheran West struggled shooting all night, hitting only one of 13 three pointers and only 20 for 52 for only 38% from the floor in the game. Take away the three-point shooting, however, and LW shot a respectable 49%. Of course, if LW had hit a couple of those 13 threes, it would have been a completely different game.
LW led by six at the half, 31-26, and quickly built on that lead with an 8-2 run in the first 2:16 of the second half. For the first time this year, Coach Alan Januzzi saw his trapping press work to perfection creating turnovers and easy baskets. After a Firelands timeout, though, Firelands totally turned the tables outscoring LW 22-4 over the next 7:34 run of their own to put them up 50-43. 
West traded baskets and free throws with the Falcons for the rest of the game until the final minute when they cut the lead to three.  They were not able to get any closer as Firelands twice hit two free throws after LW had hit field goals. Unfortunately, while the Longhorns were unable to make a shot in each of their possessions, Firelands connected on nine of ten free throws in the last minute to put the game away.  
Down 16-4 to start the game, LW went on a 15-0 run to take the lead 21-16 with 6:35 left in the second. 
Tue 12/6/11
L, 61-49
Fri 12/9/11
L, 67-64
Tue 12/13/11
L, 67-59
Fri 12/16/11
W, 68-60
Tue 12/20/11
W, 57-44
Tue 1/3/12
W, 82-39
2011-12 Coach Alan Januzzi
2011-12 through 2014-15

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