Lebanon defeats Eldon on Tuesday night

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Lebanon sophomore Ethan Christal (12) gets down in a defensive position during a high school boys’ basketball game against the Eldon Mustangs on Tuesday night at Lebanon High school. Lebanon won the contest, 71-32.


Behind an impressive performance from three sophomores, the Lebanon Yellowjackets defeated the Eldon Mustangs on Tuesday night in Boswell Auditorium to pick up their second win of the season, 71-32.

The sophomore trio of Ethan Christal, Quenton Shelton, and Jordan Lewis combined for 50 of the Yellowjackets’ 71 total points.

Christal and Lewis both scored 18 while Shelton added 14 points and plenty of assists.

Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill had high praise for Christal and the way he was able to get going during Tuesday’s contest.

“I thought it was a great night for Ethan,” Thornhill said. “Ethan is a young guy who went from playing a lot of freshmen and a little bit of JV to a whole lot of varsity this year. That is a huge step in the Ozark Conference.

“He struggled a little bit early on in the season with just having confidence, and tonight was good for him. It was good to see him smiling and playing with more confidence, and it was a game that he needed to have to take a step forward.”

Lebanon started off the game on a 10-0 run and led by as much as 12 points in the first quarter. After the quarter, the ‘Jackets were in full control of the game throughout the contest.
Thornhill said it was fun to see his players smiling and enjoying the game.

“It is good to see our guys smiling and enjoying it out there,” Thornhill said about his team's performance. “It is hard to keep guys focused on getting better and improving on being a better person every day, but you got to see some rewards from it every once in a while.

“I think this game was really good for our guys. We played it the right way besides a couple of possessions where we looked a little sloppy; we were consistently doing the things we wanted to do. Our kids enjoyed it.”

The biggest key for Lebanon on Tuesday was creating turnovers as they forced 20 turnovers from the Mustangs and ended the night with 20 points off turnovers.

“We wanted to pressure, but we wanted to be disciplined with our pressure and not reach and foul,” Thornhill said about creating turnovers. “We did a really good job of that, and it is not always going to lead to steals as everyone wants it to, but it leads to turnovers, and we created a lot of them tonight.

“Defense turned into offense for us tonight, and if it didn’t turn into fast-break layups, we did a nice job of getting it inside and got some paint touches which is always good.”

Junior Dawson Zimdars recorded five blocks for the ‘Jackets and Thornhill gave him credit after the game for not being scared of challenging anyone at the rim.

“His (Dawson) length just bothers people,” Thornhill said. “If he isn’t blocking shots then he is changing shots at the rim. He is a 6’7” guy who is there to do what he does. We didn’t run a whole lot of zone tonight so he had to get out and guard on the perimeter a little bit and he has done a great job of that all season long.”

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High school boys’ basketball
on Tuesday, at Lebanon High School


EHS – 9 8 6 9 – 32

LHS – 20 20 23 8 – 71

EHS – Jordan Metz 4, Chase Fitzpatrick 6, Devin Degraffenreid 5, Logan Hall 15.

LHS – Jordan Lewis 18, Quenton Shelton 14, Dawson Zimdars 6, Ethan Christal 18, Brady Hays 3, Jacob Durbin 7, Connor Callahan 3, Grant Weaver 2.

Junior varsity

EHS – 12 8 6 7 – 33

LHS – 11 10 6 16 – 43

LHS – Bryson Crowell 9, Jacob Durbin 7, Collin Higbee 7, Carter Montgomery 5, Garrison Smith 5, Kolby Dorris 4, Grant Weaver 4, Tyler Williamson 2.


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