Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer
Lake Erie

Late Run Not Enough For Storm Against Lake Superior

(Photo by Baker Media Productions)
(Photo by Baker Media Productions)

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH.-- A late run was not enough for the Lake Erie College men's basketball team as they fell in their first game of 2014 to Lake Superior State University, 83-66, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest Thursday (Jan. 2).

Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) gave the Storm an early lead, hitting a three just five seconds into play. Trailing 9-6, the Lakers went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead. Following a traditional three-pointer by Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge), the Storm brought Lake Superior's lead down to four, 23-19, but the Lakers closed out the half on a 21-12 run to take a 44-31 advantage into the locker room. 

Thomas led the Storm with nine first-half points. Alexander scored seven points and had four assists off the bench. Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led all players with four rebounds in the opening half but overall, the Laker held a 20-12 advantage. The Storm hit 12-of-26 shots (46.2%) in the half but were outdone by Lake Superior, who converted 17-of-32 (53.1%). 

The Lakers continued to roll in the second-half, leading by as much as 21, 77-56, with less than four minutes to play. The Storm went on a 11-1 run to cut the lead down to 11with two-and-a-half left, but the Lake Superior scored the final six points to secure the win. 

Thomas ended the game with a team-high 20 points, going four-of-six from beyond the arch. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) was second on the team with 11 points. Sims netted eight to go with his team-high five boards.

Four Lakers finished in double-digits, led by Derek Billing, who had 22 points, five assists and six rebounds. Cameron Metz (18), Alex Williams (18) and Tony Harris (13) also scored in double-figures. Davin Daly had a game-high 12 rebounds off the bench.

The Storm shot just 38.7% (24-of-62) for the game while the Lakers were at 50% (28-of-56) and also held a 45-31 rebounding advantage.

The Storm conclude their trip to the Upper Peninsula Saturday (Jan. 4) for a GLIAC match-up against Northwood University.

-LEC-