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August 3, 2016 Featured - Lions win NIACC League title at Camp in Mason City
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By Coach Squiers

The Lone Tree Lions varsity boys basketball team competed in the NIACC Team Camp at Mason City this past week. The Lions played 10 league games and then concluded the week with a tournament. The Lion varsity finished with a record of 9-1, which gave them the League Championship and the number one seed for the tournament.

In the tournament the Lions opened up with HMS, a team they beat by 25 on Sunday. HMS played much better and shot the ball very well and the Lions were down 14 at the half. Lone Tree woke up defensively holding HMS to 8 second half points and they advance to the semi-finals 48-41.

In the semi’s Lone Tree faced Springville and the Lions jumped out by 11 early but Springville closed the half on an 8-0 run and Lone Tree held a slim 3 point lead. The second half was back and forth and both teams were tied with 8 seconds left when the Orioles got a tip in at the buzzer and the Lions fell in the semi-finals 39-37.

Our guys played hard all week. We hated to end the way we did. We need to get better against a zone and be more patient. It’s tough in the tournament as you have already played 10 games and the legs are gone and it showed for our guys on Wednesday afternoon. I like the way we played and they really represented themselves well both on and off the court. That is just as important to me as I had no issues in the motel, with officials, or anything else, which shows what kind of player we have.

Scores:

Lone Tree 64/HMS 28

Lone Tree 49/Sioux Central 41

Lone Tree 47/North Linn 44

Lone Tree 36/Central Lyon 44

Lone Tree 40/Mason City 37

Lone Tree 49/Mason City II 20

Lone Tree 49/Murray 40

Lone Tree 49/Eagle Grove 28

Lone Tree 41/GHV 37

Lone Tree 55/Alburnett 31

Tournament:

Lone Tree 49/HMS 40

Lone Tree 37/Springville 39

The Lion JV boys also had a great week at camp. They finished with a 5-4 record in their division and earned the #5 seed. The Lions drew a rough team in the first round and lost to New Hampton 41-28. That bumped them into the consolation bracket where they defeated Alburnett 41-37. In the semi-finals the Lions fought hard but lost a close one to Saydel 42-40 in overtime.

This team continued to improve each and every game and they also played hard. They had to play against some bigger school, which is good experience in the summer. They just need to learn to play a little better together and they will be very successful down the road. Thanks to Coach Pierson for coaching these guys this week.

Members of the JV team: Corey Krueger, Harmon Miller, Trey Shalla, Cale Yoder, Caleb Viers, Jaxon Mullinex, Curtis Patterson, Avery Knock, Austin Marshek, Bryce Houser, and Dalton Hanenburg.

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