Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

No. 3 Titans defense carries them to win

Men's basketball after going 3-0 at WWCC crossover.
Men's basketball after going 3-0 at WWCC crossover.

Lane played their best defensive game of the season in a 79-61 victory over Tacoma.

How it happened: Lane gained their first double-digit lead of the game with 14:33 remaining in the 1st half, 17-6. Tacoma cut the lead to single-digits a few times, but Lane remained in control throughout the half and used a Lucas Wilson tip-in in the final second of the half to take a 15-point lead to half, 43-28.

Lane held Tacoma to 33.3 percent shooting; which carried an offense that only shot 43.6 percent from the floor and was 2-11 from three. Lane's overall execution was good on offense after only committing one turnover. Lucas Wilson and Tarik Cool combined for 23 points on 9-16 shooting; the rest of the team had 20 points on 9-23 shooting.

A pair of Will Graves threes to open the 2nd half gave Lane their first 20-point lead of the game, 49-28. Lane would continue their hot start to the tune of an 11-0 run and a 26-point lead, 54-28.

Tacoma cut their deficit to 14 with 4:02 remaining but wouldn't score again until the final 31 seconds.

Tacoma shot 10 percent higher but attempted eight fewer free throws and overall there were 11 fewer shots in the 2nd half between the two teams.

Lane got back over 50 percent in the half, 56 percent; and eight players scored for Lane.

What/who stood out: The Titans held Tacoma to 38.6 percent shooting and only allowed four made threes; the fewest allowed against an NWAC opponent, the fewest was three against Willamette J.V.

18 fouls were also the fewest against and NWAC opponent; the fewest was 11 against Willamette J.V.; the same can be said about 61 points allowed; 47 vs Willamette J.V. was fewest.

The Titans broke in two new starters, Lezjon Bonds and Lucas Wilson, during the tournament; they combined for 28.7 ppg during the three games. Lezjon Bonds was named to the all-tournament team. 

Tarik Cool had 24 points on 66.7 percent shooting; he added three rebounds and three steals. He was named the tournament MVP and averaged 26 ppg. 

Lucas Wilson had his first career double-double; 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

What it means: The Titans go 3-0 at the Walla Walla crossover and move to 10-1 on the season. The Titans are now 2-0 against Coach White's former team.

What's next: The Titans don't play for almost two weeks; with their next game coming on Dec. 28 at Shasta in Redding, CA; the game tips at 1 p.m.