Evergreen point guard Evan Lumbrezer doesn’t necessarily score a whole lot.
In fact, he really doesn’t shoot a lot either.
But when Delta tried to shorten the game against the Vikings, it was the Evergreen sophomore that changed the tempo early and Evergreen sped off to a 63-25 romp over Delta Friday to remain unbeaten in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League at 3-0.
After the Panthers ran nearly two minutes off the clock to open the game, Lumbrezer forced one turnover, then pilfered a Panther pass, and chalked up three of his six assists on baskets by Mason and Ethan Loeffler in a 100-second period of time, to give Evergreen an early 7-0 lead.
“The key was that Delta does a really good job of dictating pace,” explained Viking veteran coach Jerry Keifer. “We knew that coming in. In the first game they ran like about two minutes off the clock before they hit a three.
“They did the same thing tonight, except we got a five second call and we decided to press and speed up the game, and the kids responded really well. We got a good number of turnovers off the press and easy baskets to change the game right away.”
Chase Stickley’s stickback and Hunter Hamilton’s triple got the Panthers within 9-5 before the Vikes exploded on a 28-1 run.
Nate Brighton scored on yet another Lumbrezer assist, then CJ Hauk came off the bench and went to work.
The senior guard rang up 10 straight points on three straight triples – one of which that turned into a four-point play – to blow the Viking lead to 21-6.
“He just came in and shot lights out,” said Keifer of his senior guard. “We was in a bit of a zone.”
Evergreen wasn’t finished with their blitzkrieg-like scoring burst.
Mason Loeffler scored on a slam off a Panther turnover, then drilled a triple before taking a feed from Brighton for another score.
Shane Ruetz also came off the bench to get a backdoor layup and a three-pointer around two buckets from Brighton for a 37-6 lead. Josh Tresnan-Reighard ended the long run with a score inside with eight seconds left in the half.
A Delta 6-0 run in the third on Braden Risner’s basket, two free throws from Hunter Tresnan-Reighard, and a Bryce Gillen score only could get the Panthers back to down 25, 39-14.
Jack Etue, Ethan Loeffler and Brighton matched thoses points, then Hauk knocked in two more long bombs and Mason Loeffler converted back-to-back slams, one an emphatic reverse dunk that gave Evergreen a 57-21 lead.
The Vikings’ largest lead was 63-23 on an Austin Lumbrezer steal and score with 2:10 left.
“It’s a league win,” said Keifer. “Each one is the biggest game because it’s a league game and we’ll move on to the next biggest one next Friday.”
For the night Evergreen, now 11-1, shot 27 of 44 from the floor compared to 9 of 35 for the Panthers.
Delta was forced into 15 turnovers while Evergreen had 11.
Mason Loeffler had 18 to lead all scorers. Hauk had 16 off the bench, and Brighton added 12 to go with 13 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots.
No Panther had double figures.
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