The Sterling Black Bears, including the Lady Black Bears, swept their rival the Lyons Lions in every game played on Tuesday night.
“I was uber-excited to beat Lyons,” senior Andrew Mcpherson said. “It’s always great when we beat them, especially because we swept them.”
The J.V team began the night defeating the Lions 59-32.
“We didn’t start off to well, but we rebounded nicely, especially when Blake turned up his defense, it really got us going,” sophomore Will Dutton said. “Then in the second half we simply decided to play great defense. got some nice wide open shots and just like that we expanded our 6 point lead to 20.”
The C team boys played during the varsity girls game at 6:00p.m. They defeated the Lyons 59-42.
“The boys played well, assistant coach Clark Comley said. “They showed a lot of improvement from the Berean game.”
The varsity boys tipped off next at 7:30. They had a big lead ending the first quarter 18-7. The largest lead in the game was by the Bears, 22-10 in the beginning of the 2nd quarter.
“They made some shots, and we let our intensity drop,” junior Steven Hinshaw said. “But we soon realized what we needed to do to win.”
Lyons made a run in the 2nd quarter scoring 16 to the Bears 6. They ended the half trailing the Black Bears 24-23.
“Derek said that we had to stop settling for threes, freshman Kenan Comley said. “When they went on their run I got a little nervous, but I knew that we would come through like we have been and pull out the win.”
Starting guard Kyler Comley set out most of the 3rd quarter in foul trouble. Sterling still kept the game close only down 1, 36-35.
“Edward came in and had some really good minutes,” coach Derek Schneider said. “Especially with Kyler in foul trouble, he really helped us out.”
Hinshaw took a charge on a key player from the Lyons during the 4th quarter, drawing his 5th foul and taking him out of the game.
“Stevens charge was the biggest play of the game,” Schneider said. “That changed the game because Nave, who was hitting outside shots, fouled out.”
Hitting free throws were crucial for the Bears at the end of the 4th quarter as Lyons began to foul in hopes of getting more opportunities to score from missed free throws. Freshman Blake Richter was perfect from the line shooting 6 for 6 in the 4th quarter.
“When I was shooting my free throws I was thinking, just don’t miss,” Richter said. “I knew we were going to need them to win.”
The Sterling Black Bears came out ahead beating the Lions, 51-48. Leading scorers for the Bears were, Kenan Comley with 18, followed by Richter with 10 and Kyler Comley and Andrew McPherson, each with 8.
“I think a big reason why we won, was our student section,” Mcpherson said. “They were loud and supportive the whole game, that really helped us.”
The Bears play Nickerson Tomorrow at home. JV games start at 4:30p.m.
“We are preparing to be pressed in the full-court against Nickerson,” Schneider said. “So we’ve been working on taking care of the ball and breaking the press. Otherwise we are focusing more on our own stuff than theirs.”