LIMA ? It looks like Lima Central Catholic is starting to shake off some of its early-season rust.
LCC pulled away early from visiting Allen East on Friday and never looked back en route to a 73-32 shellacking of the Mustangs in boys basketball action.
?This is our fourth game,? LCC coach Bob Seggerson said. ?We?re still trying to find our identities. I thought we did a little better job with the fundamentals tonight. I thought we took care of the basketball a little better.?
LCC (2-2) had nine players score, four in double figures. Jacob Rigali led the Thunderbirds with 19 points. Sam Stolly poured in 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Aaron Swinehart scored 13 points. Travis Kottenbrock added 10 points, three assists and four steals to help lead LCC.
?We have nine players that on any given night can score in double figures,? he said. ?They are not great scorers, but all nine of them are capable of scoring.?
Nathan Swaney led Allen East (0-5) with 10 points.
LCC committed just seven turnovers for the game. Allen East turned the basketball over 20 times.
Allen East looked to stay close in the early going. The Mustangs actually led 4-3, roughly a minute and a half into the game.
However, LCC turned up the defensive pressure and forced the Mustangs to turn the ball over six times in the first quarter. The T-Birds, led by Sam Stolly?s 7 first-quarter points, held a 22-9 lead at the end of one.
LCC pushed its lead out to 43-18 by halftime and its defense limited Allen East to just 17 shot attempts from the field (8 of 17 for 47 percent). LCC shot 52 percent (17 of 33) in the first half.
For the game, LCC shot 53 percent from the floor, while Allen East connected on 32 percent of its field goal attempts.
?We got some good looks,? Allen East coach Chris Cockerell said. ?But, they set the tempo with their (defensive) pressure. And once we get down, we struggle to get back. We?re a little inexperienced out there.
?But, I?m pleased with the effort. They played hard. But, I just wish we would have gotten better results out of it.?