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Etown Wins Season Opener in Double Overtime Against King's, 112-97, as Loftus Scores 30 in Sprint Blue Jay Classic, Clark Downs Lehman 102-72, Etown to Face Clark at 3 p.m. Saturday
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- It wasn't pretty, but Elizabethtown ultimately won its 2002-03 season opener against King's 112-97 Friday. The Blue Jays needed two overtimes to get the job done, however, in the first round game of the Elizabethtown Sprint Blue Jay Classic tournament. In the tournament's other game of the day, Clark (MA) manhandled Lehman 102-72.
Elizabethtown rocketed out to an early 14-5 lead in the first eight minutes of the game, but King's crept back and took a 20-18 lead with 8:10 left in the first half on the second of an eventual five three pointers by Kasim Holloman. King's managed to stay ahead of the Blue Jays until a Brian Loftus (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West) three-pointer sent Etown ahead 31-30 with 3:01 remaining in the half. By 1:20 remaining, King's went up again and took a 37-35 lead into halftime.
Etown again embarked on an early run in the second half, and held a 45-37 lead by 17:06. From there, Etown maintained a lead of varying degrees of slimness until1:34 left, when Landon Gabriel of King's hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 75-75. King's went up 78-76 on another Holloman three-pointer at 1:02. A pair of free throws by Loftus knotted the game again at 78-78 with 46 seconds left. With 12 seconds left King's sophomore and former Blue Jay Britt Moore made a layup to put the Monarchs ahead 80-78. A layup by Jon English (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township) with just six seconds left put the game in an 80-80 stalemate bound for overtime.
King's opened the first overtime period with a three-point play by Holloman at 4:33. After a three-point play by Etown freshman Kyle Stem (Lincoln University, PA/Salesianum) tied up the score at 83-83, King's went up 90-83 by 2:43 as Holloman first hit a pair of layups, then made a free throw, and finally hit a jumper. Over the next minute and a half, Etown trailed 92-90 following a Loftus three-pointer at 1:15. Chad Heller (New Holland, PA/Garden Spot) sank a pair of free throws for Etown with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game at 92-92 and send it into another overtime.
At 4:46 in the second overtime, King's took a 94-92 lead on a Holloman jumper, but Etown tied the score 33 seconds later and buried King's in the ensuing four minutes, winning by an eventual margin of 15 points.
Etown shot 46.4% from the field in the first half, 58.6% in the second half, and a blistering 83.3% over the two overtime periods. King's shot 10-for-16 from three-point range in regulation time, but was 0-for-5 from downtown in the overtimes. For the game, the Monarchs shot 55.2% from the field while Etown shot 58.0%.
Loftus wound up with 30 points and eight assists, five three-pointers, and four steals to lead the Blue Jays in all four categories. English scored 29 points and led Etown with 11 rebounds while going 12-for-16 from the field. Heller added 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists to the Blue Jays' efforts, and Ian Daecher (Lititz, PA/Warwick) scored 12 points for Etown and had five assists. Kyle Conrad (Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) scored 10 points to become the fifth Blue Jay to score in double figures.
Holloman led King's with 30 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field and a 5-for-7 performance from long range. Marty O'Hora scored 17 points for King's and led the Monarchs in rebounding with six before fouling out. Moore wound up with 11 points, and Dannie Evans scored 10 for King's.
Leading the way in Clark's blowout of Lehman was Dave McNamara, who racked up 24 points and hit seven three-pointers. He also had a team high of six assists. Trevor Walker was not far behind for Clark, scoring 22 points and pulling down six rebounds. Sean Fleming was Clark's only other double-digit scorer with 12 points and a team high of eight rebounds.
Edgar Lugo led Lehman with 17 points, and Kyle Lockett was the Lightning's only other double digit scorer with 14 points.
Etown will face Clark in the tournament championship game Saturday at 3:00 p.m., a game which could take on the semblance of a rematch of the 2002 sectional championship at Catholic University, where Etown grazed past Clark with a 94-90 win to get into the NCAA Division III Final Four for the first time in the history of the program. King's and Lehman will face each other in the tournament consolation game at 1:00 p.m.
11/22/02 6:00 p.m. at Elizabethtown, Pa.
11/22/02 8:00 p.m. at Elizabethtown, Pa.