The Lyons High School boys’ basket ball squad played two games last week. They won the first contest, and lost the other one, which came down to the wire.

The Lions’ last two games of regular season will be on the road, and their post season situation could change very quickly, so it is hard to say who Lyons might face in Districts. Districts will start next week, and Lyons currently sit at 6th place within their district. The district has two of the top ten 2A teams in the state, so Lyons will have a tough road if they are to make it to Regionals.  

The Lions started the week by hosting Twin Peaks. Lyons started slow, and struggled to find the bottom of the basket. Near the end of the opening frame, they started to hit some shots. Twin Peaks led by five going

into the second quarter. The Lions shooters started to get hot as they hit some treys and some transition baskets help to put Lyons up by nine at the half, scoring twenty points in the second quarter. 

Things slowed down in the second half as the fouls came hard and fast from Twin Peaks. Finn Basey took the brunt of that hack-worthy game as he hit eight of his eleven opportunities from the charity stripe. Unfortunately, he also broke his hand for the second time this season. Basey did continue to play the game with that broken hand, and notched a gritty double/double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

Lyons maintained their lead for the rest of the game, and won going away 53 to 42. The win brought the Lions’ record for the season to five wins against eleven losses. Logan Farner led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds. Colton Jonjak scored 10 points and grabbed rebounds to go with three steals and three assists. Aiden Christiansen netted six points, collected four rebounds, and handed out two assists. Gage Basey chipped in with four points, and had six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Lyons scoring (baskets, free throws attempted/free throws made, total): Farner 5, 1-2, 14: F. Basey 2, 8-11, 12; Jonjak 4, 2-6, 10; Chavez 1, 0-0, 2; Christiansen 1, 4-7, 6; G. Basey 2, 0-0, 4; Abernathy 0, 2-4, 2; Booth 1, 0-0, 3. Three-point baskets (4): Booth (1), Farner (3). Totals: 16, 17-30, 53.
Score by Quarters:
Lyons           09   20   11   13 = 53
Twin Peaks   14   07   08   13 = 42

In the second home game of the week the Lions took on Dayspring Christian Academy (DCA). It was “Senior Night,” and the last home game for the boys this season. Seniors from both girls’ and boys’ teams were honored and celebrated for their accomplishments in basketball. Senior boys on this year’s squad are Logan Farner, Finn Basey, Franklin Dorschel, Colton Jonjak, Drew Booth, and Tristan Chavez. Senior girls are Kylee Udovich, Hope Kincaid, and Bella Alexander.

Dayspring is currently in fourth place in the Mile High League, so the Lions knew they were in for a tough game. Lyons has the ability to play with any team in the league, and they played a great game against

Dayspring. Frank “The Tank” Dorschel returned from an ankle injury just in time to fill in at center for the injured Finn Basey.

Things got quickly out of control as the game’s physical nature took its toll on Lyons. It wasn’t a pretty game to watch. There was pushing, grabbing jerseys, holding arms, and it appeared the officials were in over their heads. Lyons shot just thirteen free throws the entire game, but there seemed to be a foul on just about every play. Frustrations mounted as the home team players were called for offensive charges throughout the game, while for DCA not a single one. One of the Lions’ starters was shoved into a wall on a lay-up; got no call, but did get a concussion.

DCA went on a scoring run in the second quarter. Lyons was down by a dozen at one point, but was able whittle it down to seven by half time after a couple of threes by Farner.  Lyons fought tooth and nail in the second half to get anything to go in the basket. At one point in the final frame, Lyons took the lead with a long outlet pass from Jonjak to Farner for a three-pointer to put the Lions up by two, 44 to 42.  Another transition basket by Farner added to that total and put the locals up by four, 46 to 42 with just a few minutes to play.

Unfortunately, those would be the last points scored in the game by Lyons. This is where the officials made a series of calls that changed the outcome of the game. Lyons and DCA were each given a technical foul, and the ball was then given to the team at the point of interruption, which was DCA. However, the officials cautioned only to the Lyons team and not DCA. In the ensuing series of plays not a single positive call was made for the Lyons team. An official made a questionable offensive foul charge call on a flop by a DCA player. Lyons would have gone up by six, but, the basket was waved off. DCA then hit a trey, which put them down by one. On their next possession, Lyons got called for a body block on the ground after a rebound, which was called a shooting foul when it was clearly on the player was clearly on the ground. It was another bad call against Lyons by the officials at a crucial time and everyone on the floor, the bench, and the stands was beyond frustrated. Lyons couldn’t seem to catch a break with these officials, and yet another technical was called on Lyons. Up by just a single point Lyons now had to watch DCA shoot four free throws, and then get the ball back. So, now DCA is up by two and Lyons had to play catch up with DCA controlling the ball with just 49 seconds on the clock. The two points by the visitors were free throws from the Lions fouling to try to get the ball back. And that was all she wrote. Lyons lost 50 to 46.

Farner had 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and blocked three shots. Jonjak snagged a dozen board, dished out seven dimes, rejected three shots, and dropped in six points. Tristan Chavez netted eight points, had five rebounds, and handed out two assists. Gage Basey had a strong game with nine points and eight rebounds. Dorschel in his first game back after his injury had three blocks. Lyons’ record fell to five and twelve.
Lyons scoring (baskets, free throws attempted/free throws made, total): Farner 6, 1-4, 17; G. Basey 4, 1-1, 9; Jonjak 2, 2-7, 6; Chavez 3, 0-0, 8; Christiansen 2, 0-0, 4; Abernathy 0, 0-0, 0; Booth 1, 0-1, 2; Gau 0, 0-0, 0. Three point baskets (6): Farner (4,) Chavez (2). Totals: 18, 4-13, 46.

Score by Quarters:
Lyons          06   14   09   17 = 46
Dayspring   11   16   09   14 = 50

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