Boys basketball: Teammates back up Larry Crisler as Noll stays unbeaten
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent December 15, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:51AM
LAKE STATION — Ah, the benefits of having a deep roster.
A perfect case-in-point was Noll in its 65-47 win over Lake Station on Saturday night, a game in which the Warriors’ top player, Larry Crisler, didn’t start and got into foul trouble. But Noll managed to stay unbeaten.
When Crisler made his initial appearance, it was with 5:30 left in the first quarter and Lake Station leading 7-5. He scored nine first-quarter points to help the Warriors (5-0) take a 22-14 lead. That lead got even bigger after Crisler picked up his third foul and had to sit again at the 4:04 mark of the second quarter.
“We started a little sloppy and we turned the ball over 10 times in the first half,” Noll coach Drew Trost said. “We may have gotten caught up in the crowd, which if you have a young team that could happen. We couldn’t seem to put them away which is a credit to them.”
What damage Crisler didn’t do, and he did plenty with 18 points, teammate Tyeron Gates did, also adding 18.
“We got the job done but it was a little rough. Lake Station is very fiesty,” said Crisler, who didn’t start because of an illness that led to him missing a practice. “Gates kept us in the game.”
He had help though, with Matt Sandoval pitching in with 13 points, including three treys against a scrappy Eagles team that did its coach proud in defeat.
“I thought we played hard. I asked my kids to give every thing you have for 32 minutes,” Lake Station coach Robert Burke said. “The shots weren’t falling and you’ll have those nights, but as coaches we have to make sure we’re prepared for them the next time. I’d love to get another shot at them.”
Elias Williams had a team-high 13 for the Eagles (2-2 with a two-game losing streak) while Kody Lemley added 12.