Lebanon defeats Camdenton on second day of Blue and Gold

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Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill talks to his team during a timeout in a high school boys' basketball game on Wednesday morning against the Camdenton Lakers.


SPRINGFIELD — One day after letting a contest against the Mount Vernon Mountaineers slip away at the 72nd annual Blue and Gold tournament, the Lebanon boys’ basketball team bounced back with a much-needed win over the Camdenton Lakers on Wednesday morning, 52-47.

The ‘Jackets started the game off with on an 11-0 run, including six points from sophomore Jordan Lewis to start the game and held the Lakers scoreless until 3:55 left in the first quarter and would take a 16-12 lead into the second quarter.

“It was a great start for our guys,” Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill said. “We came out with some intensity, and defensively we did some things that we talked about wanting to do.

“Camdenton made some adjustments and were able to come back, but our guys fought hard and did some nice things.”

Lebanon took 34-30 lead heading into the locker room, but struggled to start the second half as Camdenton forced a handful of Lebanon turnovers to go on a 14-4 run and would take a 46-40 lead heading into the final period. LHS finished the game with 22 turnovers.

“We had way too many unforced turnovers (on Wednesday),” Thornhill said. “Not to take anything away from Camdenton but they were things that we did wrong. We had a lot of traveling violations, and we did a lot of things we shouldn’t be doing eight games into the season whether you are a sophomore or a senior.”

Sophomore Quenton Shelton and junior Dawson Zimdars would carry the load for LHS in the 4th quarter, scoring all of the ‘Jackets’ points in the final frame. Shelton scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the quarter, and Zimdars added six key points to help Lebanon win.

“I thought in the fourth quarter we put ourselves in a good position to be able to finish strong,” Thornhill said about the final period. “I thought Dawson came up big for us and he played good for us on Tuesday too and I think the game could have ended differently on Tuesday if he wouldn’t have fouled out. He has to learn to defend without fouling and use his length to challenge shots.”

Thornhill said coming into the game, Lebanon was trying to get it into the post and get players paint touches throughout the game.

“The entire game we wanted to focus on getting it inside,” Thornhill said. “Maybe a little bit of that (the turnovers) fell on our staff's shoulders because we emphasized it so much that our guys were looking too hard and had too many turnovers trying to get it into the post instead of just letting it happen.”

Lebanon is slated to take on the No. 8 seed Stockton Tigers in the consolation semifinals tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Hammons Student Center.

“Just to be able to survive this and get to play on the third day is a great feeling,” Thornhill said about the matchup with the Tigers. “Camdenton had every bit of momentum in the second half … we dug ourselves an eight-point hole, and hopefully, we can move on to Stockon and can be prepared for that 2-3 matchup zone. Our zone offense will be something we focus on at shootaround, and we will be ready to go.”


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