Tigers end long victory drought

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Lyndonville belts Warsaw in tourney semi

Snapping a two plus season long 53 game losing streak, Lyndonville romped past the host Tigers 74-53 this evening in the semifinals of the season opening Warsaw Tournament.

“It’s huge. We got the monkey off our back,” said Lyndonville Coach Lee Dillenbeck of the victory. “That was our goal to get that first win and we got some real good efforts.”

Eric Neace scored 25 points, Nick Hinkson 20 and AJ Buckland 19 to spearhead the attack for Lyndonville which will now play Pavilion at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the championship game.

Lyndonville took charge at the outset racing out to a commanding 26-9 first quarter lead. Buckland scored 12 and Hinkson 8 to lead that surge.

“We got real good ball movement and our press worked real well forcing a number of turnovers,” said Dillenbeck.

Warsaw could get no closer than nine after that as Lyndonville maintained leads of 36-25 at the half and 55-36 at the three-quarter mark.

Neace scored 10 points in both the third and fourth quarters to keep Lyndonville in control.

Pavilion downed Pembroke in the other semifinal.