Bruins pull away in second half

Jan. 12—LEBANON — A poor second half cost the Lebanon boys basketball team on Friday night against Tri-West.

Tri-West out-scored the Tigers by nine in the second half and pulled away for a 65-55 win.

"We weren't very good on the ball with our defense tonight," Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. "You can't help a lot off your man, because they have guys that can shoot the ball from the perimeter. You have to do a really good job of staying in front of your guys, and our guys got too close in their grill tonight. We just had some poor choices defensively."

Lebanon led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, but trailed 25-24 at the half.

The third quarter is ultimately what cost them, as the Bruins scored 27 points and took a 9-point lead.

Lebanon cut the lead in half on a couple of occasions, but could never get over the hump.

"We got down to four a couple times, and they hit a deep 3, and then Ward hit a big 3 later," Hendrix said. "I don't fault our kids effort, I think they are playing hard, but it everything lies with our defense tonight. We weren't very good offensively, we missed some shots, but we did a good job of creating and getting open shots for our guys, they just didn't fall."

Kaden Lark had 24 points and Jack Ferrell had 16 for the Tigers, now 6-7. Wesley Byrd had nine and Bryce Nelson six.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 6-7 on the year.

"We will learn from this," Hendrix said. "We are playing basically all juniors and they have mostly seniors who have been around. We will have an opportunity again in the sectional and we will have to adjust and be ready."

Lebanon is off until next Friday when they face North Montgomery.

"We are giving them the weekend off, and then will get back at in Monday," Hendrix said. "Hopefully we can get some of our legs back. We had a tough double weekend last week and we are only playing six or seven kids and that can be a drag and tough on the kids. We aren't losing because of not giving effort or playing hard, so everything else is fixable."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.