On a night when they were far less than at their best, the Lebanon Greyhounds were just good enough on Wednesday at the Class 1A Lebanon Regional Basketball Tournament.
Sophomores Logan Schieppe and Derrick Guthrie combined to hit 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter as Lebanon held on for an 83-74 semifinal win over Lovejoy.
Seeded fourth, the Greyhounds (14-14) used a 12-3 run to end the first half to lead 44-31 then took a 56-37 advantage over the No. 12-seeded Wildcats with 4 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter when David Krumsieg hit a 15-foot jumper.
But Lovejoy (6-25) wouldn’t go away.
With sophomore Cameron Wallace and freshman Davion Dunigan each scoring 12 fourth-quarter points, Lovejoy stormed back. Sophomore Dominque Perry added a pair of 3-point field goals and when Wallace scored on a drive with just 1:25 remaining, the Wildcats were within 74-69.
But a free throw by Krumsieg and two by Schieppe took the lead to 77-69 with under a minute left and the Greyhounds were headed into the regional title contest on Friday.
“I was just one of those nights where we just didn’t play very well. We’re still a young team and we’re still learning. The thing is that this is the time of year when if you don’t play well, often times you are done. We’re just glad to be moving on,” Greyhounds coach Doug Schieppe said. “Fortunatly we made enough shots and did a good job at the free throw line.”
Krumsieg led Lebanon with 24 points, while Logan Schieppe added 22 points for Lebanon which finished with five players in double figures. The Greyhounds were 30-of-46 from the free throw line, while Lovejoy finished the night just seven-of-20.
“That might have been the difference in the game. We didn’t do a very good job at the line and we missed way too many layups,” Loevjoy coach Kim I. Haywood said. “We’re young. Most of the time tonight, I had four freshmen on the court and we did a good job for the most part.
“What I really liked the most was the fact that we didn’t quit. Tonight before the game, I asked the kids, that no matter what, I didn’t want us to quit. We battled hard to the end and I’m proud of them for that.”
The win moves Lebanon into the regional title game on Friday where it will take on top-seed Okawville at 7 p.m.
With the sharpshooting Wallace leading the way, Lovejoy trailed just 34-29 with under three minutes left in the first half before the Greyhounds seemingly took control of the game.
Schieppe and Guthrie both hit 3-point jumpers and when junior Isaac Jones added a pair of short-range jumpers, the Greyhounds had a 10-2 scoring run to end the second quarter and a comfortable 44-31 cushion heading into the second half.
Perry scored five points early in the thrid quarter to keep Lovejoy within 10 points, but the Greyhounds added to their lead with a 9-0 scoring run.
Senior Noah Reinneck scored on a short jumper and a conventional 3-point play and when David Krumsieg scored twice, the Lebanon lead was 19 points. Krumsieg’s second basket put Lebanon up 56-37 with 4:13 left in the third quarter.
But again, the Wildcats didn’t go away.
“They (Lovejoy ) were very quick and athletic and they came out and were very physical with us early in the game. We didn’t respond to that very well,’’ Doug Schieppe said. “But again, we did enough to win the basketball game.’’
Krumsieg and Logan Schieppe led Lebanon but the Greyhounds also got 14 points from Guthrie and 11 each from Reinneck and Isaac Jones. Lovejoy was led by Wallace with 23 points and Dunigan with 19
Due to the winter storm and road conditions, several high school boys regional basketball games that were scheduled for Wednesday night were postponed.
Class 2A Wesclin Regional semifinal games have been bumped to Thursday. Central and Southwestern will meet at 6 p.m. with Wesclin and Carlyle to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Both 2A regional games in Greenville were pushed back to Thursday as well. Nashville and Hillsboro will play at 6 p.m., Greenville and Gillespie play at 7:30 p.m.
The Bunker Hill 1A Regional semifinal between Gibault and Bunker Hill also has been moved to Thursday at 7 p.m.