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Boys basketball: Lew Wallace cruises to easy victory behind Charles Cooper

Updated: January 9, 2013 6:12AM



GARY — Gary Lighthouse had a hint that it was not going to be its night in the first quarter when one of its players took a jump shot at the wrong basket.

That hint became a reality when the shot missed and a Wallace player got the rebound and eventually put the ball back into the right bucket.

And it got steadily worse for Lighthouse, and in some cases for the Hornets, in Wallace’s 122-70 win It was the most points scored by a region team, boys or girls, this season. It may also be the first time a team won that convincingly, and the winning coach sounded like the losing coach.

And for good reasons.

His concerns were the same ones that were mentioned after the Hornets’ Nov. 27 loss to Andrean that began a three-game losing streak that was ended Friday.

“No I am not,” said Hornets coach Melvin Yancey when he was asked if he was happy with the way his team performed. “We didn’t run our play-good defense and we didn’t run our offense. Bottom line, we have to improve on both.”

Which begs the question: what kind of game would Hornets swingman Charles Cooper have had if the Hornets did run their offense correctly?

Cooper had a game-high 32 points, including three dunks in leading the Hornets to a 28-9 lead late in the first quarter. Lighthouse, winners of two in a row and four of its previous five, never recovered.

“Cooper is always going to be good for us,” Yancey said. “He’s a very good player.”

For Lighthouse, Alexander Johnson had a team-high 19 points, while Thomas Smith added 18.

It’s the first time Wallace has hit the century mark in a game since December of 2008, when the Hornets beat Indianapolis Washington 100-68.



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