Turning up the defensive pressure in the final 10 minutes,
In the opening game of the tournament,
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The Geoducks led for most of the first half, but LCSC rallied and took its first lead of the game at 21-20. The contest then went back-and-forth before
The second half was more of the same as the two teams exchanged leads. LCSC shot 56 percent in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, which enabled it to take a 49-47 lead at the 10:04 mark. The Warriors, however, hit only 4-of-17 shots (23.5 percent) down the stretch and one was a 3-pointer by Brian Duckworth as time expired. That cold shooting, along with a couple of turnovers and a few missed free throws, put LCSC in a hole it couldn’t get out of.
The Warriors finished the game just 23-of-59 from the field for 39 percent. Included in that statistic was LCSC’s 1-of-13 performance from the 3-point line, which is 7.7 percent accuracy. It would have been zero percent if Duckworth hadn’t made the shot at the buzzer.
That dismal shooting also carried over to the foul line for LCSC where it was only 15-of-28 for 53.6 percent.
The Geoducks tried to push the ball, but had problems with LCSC’s defense and committed 23 turnovers, compared to 16 for LCSC.
John Levi added 12 points for
Duckworth led the Warriors with 18 points and six rebounds. He also collected two steals. Drew Allen added 13 points, while Curtis Allen had three steals and five rebounds, but only six points.
LCSC played the game without starting guard JR Gordon, who is having problems with his back. Gordon may also sit out Saturday night’s game.
LCSC’s bench did outscore