LEBANON – A strong first half for North was answered by a
stronger second half for Lebanon. The Tigers pulled the win 57-41. North is now
2-2 in conference while the Tigers remain undefeated at 5-0.
“I thought we started out real well, came out focused and
doing the right things,” Charger coach Joel Grindle said. “We dominated the first
14 minutes of the first half.”
Jordan Lewis jumpstarted the game with a three and helped
the team maintain the lead until the end of the second quarter.
“We got stagnant offensively which led to turnovers and them
getting the lead,” Grindle said.
The Lebanon press rattled the Chargers but North was also
plagued by a rough shooting night going 10-for-38 on field goals. Grindle said
he like the effort but the shooting wasn’t there.
“Fact is, you can’t shoot 25 percent and beat Lebanon at
Lebanon,” he stated.
Lebanon’s four-point lead at half was stretched to 13 after
they outscored North 15-6 in the third.
By the fourth quarter, Tiger Trevor Lakes caught some fire
and finished double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Grindle said he was
proud of their defense on him in the first part of the game.
North had a short run to bring it within eight but that
would be the closest gap before Lebanon took the win.
Caleb Randolph led the Chargers with 13 and Jordan Banta
“I thought Jordan Banta played a heck of a game tonight,”
Grindle added. “That is something he is capable of doing night-in, night-out.”
Banta went 6-for-8 from the free throw line and helped the
team to 75 percent night from the line. Grindle said they had good drives and
drew fouls but at the end of the night “you got to make shots, you got to make
layups and you have to finish your own baskets.”
North faces West Lafayette next.
They have a D1 point guard and we will have to play awfully
good to beat them on Tuesday,” Grindle said.