The Danville boys earned their fifth consecutive district title Thursday night at Washington defeated Lone Tree 63-46. The Lions held a very early 5-3 lead before the Bears reeled off 21 of the next 25 points and took a 32-20 lead into the halftime break. Another Danville run of 9-2 out of the half allowed the Bears lead to expand to 17 before the Lions made a push. Behind baskets from Jovonte Squiers and Trenton Gosnell Lone Tree pulled within six points late in the third quarter. After the game Lone Tree Head Coach Tom Squiers talked about his team’s second half push.
“We were down 14, hit a couple of shots and we were down ten. They switched to a triangle and two, and we switched up our ball movement a little bit, and got more ball movement from our guards, and got Jovonte and Trent a little bit more involved, and I thought that Nick Viner stepped up for us on the offensive end, and got after it; I think that was the key, we just needed some momentum,” Squires said. “I think once we hit those shots and got the momentum back, then we missed free throws, a couple of turnovers here and there,and that six point deficit went to 14.”
Lone Tree would get no closer as costly turnovers and hot Danville shooting from inside and outside allowed the Bears to rebuild their lead and pull away in the fourth quarter for the win. In the game Lone Tree was led by Gosnell’s 18 points, Squiers added 11. With the loss Lone Tree ends their season at 16-8.