Lenox boys' basketball rallies in the fourth to beat Drury
LENOX -- Maybe it was the result of having the day off of school, but for two quarters the Lenox boys basketball team seemed to be out of sync Monday night.
However, the Millionaires used a fourth-quarter rally to complete the comeback and beat Drury 63-57.
"We talked a little bit at halftime about how we felt there was a real lack of effort in the first half," Lenox coach Scott Sibley said.
"We told [the players] to get up and the morning and do what they usually do, but it felt like we came out sluggish tonight."
Two made technical foul shots by Doug Sigsbury, and a layup by Alex Heck gave Drury a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
Then, with six minutes left in the game, Lenox started to make a run.
A three-pointer by Ben Herrick,and a Kris Vahle lay-up cut the Blue Devils' lead to two. With 4:05 left in the game, Herrick hit a lay-up that put Lenox up for good.
Herrick, along with Vahle and Bailey Patella, attacked the Drury zone in the second half, leading to lay-up opportunities. Herrick finished with 15.
Sibley credited his team's switch from zone defense, to man-to-man for allowing them to create turnovers, leading to transition offense and easy layups.
Patella led Lenox with 16 points, 10 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Patella said focusing on being more aggressive got him out of an offensive funk. He added that his teammates tend to feed off his energy.
"Sometimes how I act is how the team acts too," he said. "So if I'm down, they're down, but if I pick it up, that really helps the team."
For Drury, the lack of penetration in the second half doomed their offense.
Blue Devil guards Alex Heck and Nick Trombley,got into the paint at will in the second and third quarters. Their aggressiveness led to dump-offs to the big men, and finishing with floaters and acrobatic layups around defenders.
Heck finished with 20. Trombley added nine, but the team struggled shooting from the outside in the second half.
"We didn't make shots," assistant coach Mark Vadnais said, who coached the team as head coach Jack Racette missed the game with an illness.
"We didn't make our foul shots. ... Basically, that's it. They made they their shots, and when we had to make our shots -- we didn't."
Monday's win brings the Millionaires' win total to seven, bringing them closer to the magic 10-victory mark for the Western Mass. tournament.
For Sibley, he said it's always nice to beat a North Division opponent, especially in comeback fashion.
"We've been preaching to the kids that whatever happened is in the past," he said. "You've got to move on and try to do something looking ahead, to make up for mistakes in the past."
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