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Lutheran West 68, Buckeye 60
By Emilie Hausmann staff
Friday, December 16, 2011

The Lutheran West Men’s Basketball team won their first game of the season on Friday night versus the Buckeye Bucks. After a fast start to the game, the Longhorns never trailed the Bucks throughout the victory.
The first half of the game for LW was one of their best offensive presences. As a team, they were able to put up 32 points by halftime, due to a strong presence under the basket by junior Dan Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand was able to grab many rebounds and go up strong and score against the Bucks.   
The second half of the game provided a comeback opportunity for Buckeye. They played a tough third quarter, turning a seven point halftime lead for LW into a one possession game. The Bucks tied the score late in the quarter before LW pulled ahead by three.
Free throw shooting won LW the ball game, hitting ten free throws in the quarter. Buckeye, who had hit only attempted five free throws in the first three quarters, connected on only five.
Overall as a team, Lutheran West played their best basketball thus far. They were able to limit their turnovers while still keeping the offense fast-paced. Their defense also proved themselves as they held off the Bucks’ late charge.
Lutheran West was 22 of 38 from the free throw line as their aggressiveness on offense was evident from the start of the game. Buckeye hit nine free throws, attempting 16.
The Longhorns had three players in double digits including Hillenbrand with 17, junior Chris Ranc with 13, and senior Shane Elkins with 12.
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
Fri 1/6/12
L, 53-51
2011-12 Coach Alan Januzzi
2011-12 through 2014-15

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Rocky River, Ohio 44116-4099

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