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Lafayette Jeff boys basketball stumbles late against Kokomo
December 26, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
Lafayette Jeff could attribute its heartbreaking losses entering the weekend to a series of misfortune.
Of the Bronchos’ three setbacks, one came on a halfcourt buzzer-beater, another came after Jeff missed a buzzer-beater and the third was in double overtime on the road.
The two additional losses this weekend were not as close.
Coming off Friday’s 30-point loss at Noblesville, the Bronchos buried themselves in a deep hole early Saturday against Kokomo, then nearly climbed out of it in the third quarter before fading away in the fourth in a 59-41 loss at Crawley Center.
“It’s tough, especially when we get back into it and then do the same thing, let them go again,” said Jeff freshman David Hanyard. “We just kind of let it go. We stopped pushing.”
Kokomo forced the Bronchos into 14 turnovers, including three in a row in the fourth quarter after Lafayette Jeff had surged back from a 33-17 halftime deficit.
The Bronchos (2-5) had closed within five at 39-34, but a late basket by Demarius Warren in the third and the turnovers to start the fourth helped propel the Wildkats, who went on a 16-0 run once Jeff got within five.
“Everything we drew up on the board at halftime, they came out and did in the third quarter,” Jeff coach Scott Radeker said. “And we hit shots, which was big, but they executed. We had more ball movement and more player movement. That got our defense going. Then in the fourth, we came out and went back to standing around and doing our own thing a little bit, and we buried ourselves again.”
Hanyard’s 20 points were a game high and Jeff also got eight from Darian Collins. Kokomo (2-3) was led by Mykal Cox’s 16 points and 15 from Erik Bowen.