Boys basketball: Fundamentals haunt Lew Wallace in loss to Marshall
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent December 21, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 23, 2013 6:14AM
INDIANAPOLIS — It wasn’t a complex formula that resulted in Lew Wallace’s 87-78 loss to host John Marshall on Friday in the IPSAC/Midwest Boys Basketball Showcase.
“We had too many turnovers and missed too many free throws,” Wallace coach Melvin Yancey said. “...When you don’t hit your free throws and don’t take care of the ball you almost don’t deserve to win.”
Marshall (5-0) nearly put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Davone Daniels hit a 3-pointer that put the Patriots up 62-52.
Wallace answered with a 9-0 run, including seven straight points from Charles Cooper, who finished with 25.
Marshall countered with an 8-0 run and that stretch was symbolic of the game.
On numerous occasions the Patriots extended their lead to nearly double digits only to have Wallace counter and get within a possession.
The Hornets (5-4) trailed 81-78 with a minute remaining, but were called for an intentional foul. A technical was then whistled on a Wallace assistant coach.
Marshall extended its lead to five points and essentially sealed the outcome.
Daniels, who transferred from Hammond two years ago, led Marshall off the bench with 30 points and was named the game’s MVP.
“He manages to score points quietly and next thing you know he has 15 to 20 points and does a lot of damage,” Marshall coach Aaron Sembly said. “But a lot of people just don’t notice him. We have a very balanced team and on this game I guess he just got a little hotter down the stretch.”
Aside from Daniels, Marshall had seven six players score at least seven points or more.
Travon Boddie added 18 points for Wallace, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.
“It was just one of those days,” Yancey said.
“We generally shoot out free throws much better than we did today. We didn’t finish a lot of short shots. We had too many turnovers. Those are the things that win ballgames and what you must do.”