Lenox boys meet their match, fall to Whitensville Christian in state semifinals
Jeff Thomas, March 16, 2011 6:21 p.m.
The Lenox boys basketball team found out that there is always someone a little bigger around the corner.
Sporting a 6-foot-9 center as well as 6-7 and 6-5 forwards, Whitensville Christian hit the Millionaires early and never let them recover, beating Lenox 57-42 in the state Division III semifinal at the DCU Center.
The Crusaders (22-2) advance to Saturday’s state final where they will meet Watertown here at 12:30.
Lenox, a team used to getting up early in its opponents, foud itself in a big hole early, trailing 15-6 after the first quarter and 31-13 at halftime.
Senior center Hans Miersma had a lot to do with that. Besides scoring 16 points in the game he was a defensive force as the Millionaires were not used to facing an opponent so much bigger than them.
Miersma had six blocked shots, four coming in the first half. Miersma, as well as 6-7 Justin Tienhaara and 6-5 Peter Koopman completely controlled the paint on both ends of the floor.
With nowhere to go inside, the Millionaires took their game to the perimeter but could not connect.
Austin Martin had the only 3-pointers for Lenox, all in the second half. He hit two to open the second half and the Millionaires made a run at the Crusaders.
Martin stroked his third 3-pointer to get the Millionaires with six, 44-38, in the fourth quarter, but the Crusaders took advantage of the Lenox defense as it pressed to force turnovers, allowing Whitensville Christian to run.
The Crusaders went on a 13-1 run that put an end to any hope the Millionaires had of reaching the state final.
Taylor Bajema led the Crusaders with 19 points and Colin Richey added 16.
Kevin Carpenter led the Millionaires with 12 points.