Leprechauns storm back for St. Patrick's day win

Mar. 18—LEBANON — The Lebanon Leprechauns picked up their first win of the season Sunday afternoon — fittingly on St. Patrick's Day.

In front of a good, energetic crowd decked out in green and gold, the Leprechauns overcame a 20-point first half deficit to defeat the Medora Timberjacks 127-119.

The win improved Lebanon to 1-5 on the year while dropping Medora to 4-2.

Early on, the Leprechauns trailed just 20-17, but Medora closed the first quarter on a 15-0 run to take a 35-17 lead. They led by 21 with 5:02 left in the first half.

Lebanon got within 15 by the half, but really started coming alive in the second half.

They got as close as six in the third quarter after a 3-pointer from Zavier Turner with 2:51 left in the quarter, and even after Medora pushed the lead back to 12, Turner scored the final five points of the quarter to bring the Leprechauns within 93-87 heading to the fourth.

Lebanon eventually tied the game at 101 after Turner hit a technical free throw with 8:17 remaining in the game, and took their first lead on a Turner jump shot with 7:13 to go.

The lead changed hands five times from there in the next couple of minutes, but Medora inched ahead 119-118 with 2:18 left in the game.

That's when the Leprechauns defense took over.

Lebanon forced three-straight empty possessions, and took the lead with 59.4 to go on a three-point play from Dionte Raines.

Lebanon followed it up with another steal on Medora's next possession, leading to a Dillon Ware dunk to put the Leprechauns up 123-119.

All told, Medora failed to score on their final eight possessions, and scored just two points in the final four minutes.

Turner led Lebanon with 30 points, hitting five 3-pointers.

Skaggs added 25, hitting 7 of 12 3-pointers. He added six rebounds.

Raines had 18, Ron Washington had 17 and seven rebounds, Joe Retic had 15 and Alex Brown 12 points and seven rebounds for the victors.

Lebanon travels to Medora on March 22. They aren't home again until April 5.

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