The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics boys basketball team was looking for win number five in a row versus Southeast Conference foe Southland in Lyle Tuesday evening, and senior guard Buay Koak, a fifth-year starter for the Athletics who entered the season as the program’s all-time leading scorer tallied 15 points to push him past 2,000 for his career as the Athletics downed the Rebels 46-29.
Lyle/Pacelli, who clamped down defensively Tuesday night by holding Southland to 10 of 41 shooting for only 24.4% jumped out to a 16-7 lead to start the game, but the Rebels were able to cut the lead to six points on three different occasions in the first half and trailed 22-15 at the halftime break. The Athletics, though, countered with an 11-3 run to open the second half to open up a 15-point lead at 33-18, and they were able to push their lead to as large as 20 at 42-22 on their way to the win.
Besides his 15 points, Koak was also able to add a team-high seven rebounds, two steals and a team-high five blocked shots, Trey Anderson was also in double figures Tuesday night with 13 points, and he added four rebounds, two assists and two steals, Mac Nelson tallied eight points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, Jake Truckenmiller chipped in six points, one rebound, a team-high four assists and two steals, Landon Meyer tallied three points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal, and David Christianson scored one point in the win Tuesday evening.
With the win, Lyle/Pacelli is now 9-0 in the Southeast Conference and 11-2 overall on the season, and the Athletics return to the court Thursday night in Grand Meadow versus the Superlarks in the Southeast Conference, with the varsity tip-off scheduled for 7:15 p.m. that evening.