(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – The G-MAC opener for Lake Erie was a good one as it was victorious over Alderson Broaddus by a score of 74-48. The Storm (4-3, 1-0) led from start to finish and were never really threatened by the Battlers (2-4, 0-1).
Gabe Kynard and David Dunnigan equally split the opening eight points to put the Green and White up early. It was just the start of things to come as Lake Erie led by as many as 19 in the first half. That came at 30-11 following a free throw by Brogan Scott.
Alderson Broaddus did live up to its nickname as the Battlers started to chip away at Lake Erie's lead and cut the deficit to 10 by halftime. It was the closest the visitors would get as they couldn't get within single digits the rest of the way. Still, AB kept lingering around.
The Battlers scored on a layup just after the 10-minute mark in the second half to make the score 47-36 before the Storm took charge for good. Erron James answered with a 3-pointer and Harrison Riggs followed with a layup before Ennis Thomas put everyone on their feet with a massive dunk.
The monster slam was set up after James drove the base line in an attempt to lay it in. His shot bounced high off the iron, but not as high as the 6-2 Thomas who skied above everyone else for the throw-down. After Alderson Broaddus answered with a layup, Thomas came back and sank a 3-pointer to give Lake Erie its first 20-point lead.
Kynard led all scorers with 14 points and added seven rebounds. Thomas finished with 13 and was 4-of-6 from the field with five boards. Mitch Loomis joined them in double figures with an impressive double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Seven of those caroms were on the offensive end and led directly to eight second-chance points.
Overall Lake Erie dominated the glass by a 54-38 margin.
The Storm will look to keep their home win-streak intact as they host Davis & Elkins on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off with the Senators is set for 3 p.m.
Photo by Paul Thomas