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01-13-04: Flyers roll past Cavaliers


SIDNEY — After having a defensive effort that did not please their coach on Friday, the Marion Local Flyers made amends on Monday.
The Flyers used a 10-0 run to end the second quarter and outscored Lehman 32-9 in the middle two periods to come away with a 56-37 win over the Cavaliers at the Lehman Gymnasium. The win puts Marion Local at 4-2 on the season as Lehman continues to struggle in dropping to 1-8.
The Flyers, who won a 53-41 decision over Parkway on Friday, turned things up in forcing 17 turnovers and turning the Cavalier miscues into points. The Flyers’ 2-3 matchup zone also caused problems for Lehman when the Cavaliers attempted passes over the middle of the zone.
“We were much happier with our defensive matches tonight and with our ball pressure than we were our last ball game,” said Flyers coach Keith Westrick. “These are some guys who haven’t played together a great deal. Now they’re learning to read one another. In our matchup, it really does depend on where your teammates are going to be. If we can get consistent, we’re going to play pretty good basketball.”
The defense kicked it up a notch after the 11-11 tie following the first quarter when Lehman played square with Marion.
Lehman managed to keep it tied up to 14-14 before the Flyers took over, scoring the last 10 points in the quarter to go up 24-14 at the half. Cory Luebke, who started off a little slow, picked up the pace with eight straight points to end the quarter.
The fun continued to start the third quarter as Russell Moeller hit a long-distance jumper to make it a 13-0 run before the Cavaliers’ Kevin Sargeant broke the over four-minute dry spell with a layup. The Flyers outscored the Cavaliers 19-6 in the third quarter to put things away.
Along with the defense, the offense had a potent night, shooting 50 percent (19-of-38) from the field and 67 percent (8-of-12) from the free-throw line.
Having a strong night scoring for the Flyers was Moeller who had a game-high 22 points on the strength of hitting five of his six attempts from beyond the three-point line. Moeller hit his first four shots, three of them being to threes, to start the second half and help the Flyers pull away.
“I thought the team passed the ball very well,” said Westrick. “We got the ball inside a couple of times and kicked it out and also got some skip passes. With Luebke on one side and Moeller on the other being able to use skip passes to one another at the three-point line, that’s a nice situation to be in.”
Luebke added 18 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in the game.
Westrick was also pleased with the play of the bench. Wes Everman came up with seven points but did his best work on defense against 6-9 Lehman center Brandon Brandewie. Brandewie had just three points in the first half and scored just 12 on the night as Everman took the chores of keeping in front of him and denying him the ball.
“Wes came in and played very good center defense on (Brandewie),” said Westrick. “We’re going to see a lot of big people like him the rest of the season and we just need to get around in front more often. He hurt us when we were stuck behind him. We rebounded the backside very well.”
With the Flyers now beginning a stretch of six straight double weekends, the play of the bench on Monday pleased Westrick, knowing that he’ll need a strong bench for those two-game weekends.
“The other night, the bench players came in and didn’t seem to pick us up,” said Westrick. “Tonight, Ryan Stucke and Kyle Moeder especially along with Wes all came in ready to play. I was pleased. When you bring three players off the bench and not hurt yourself offensively or defensively, you have to be pleased.”
Marion returns to the Hangar on Friday night for a Midwest Athletic Conference battle with Fort Recovery.
The junior varsity game was won by Marion, 40-37.


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