Lewistown Team Info
Point Central Team Info
The Central Panthers halted the Lewistown
Indians’ nine-game winning streak, taking a 44-31 decision in
the nightcap of the first round of the Macomb-Western Holiday
Tournament. The Panthers displayed a smothering defense,
limiting the Indians to 30 percent shooting on the night.
2017 All-Tournament team member Lane
Ippensen got Central off to a great start, recording 10 points
in the opening quarter as the Panthers (8-3) raced out to a 12-2
lead in less than five minutes. Ahead 15-5 after the first
quarter, the Panthers extended their lead to 15 in the second
thanks to three-pointers by Jalan Vance and Bryce Long.
Trailing 24-11 at intermission, Lewistown
(11-2) came out of the break with renewed spirit. Zach Severns
and Cade Beekman combined for all the points in a 10-0 Indians
rally that pulled Lewistown to within 26-23 with two minutes to
play in the third quarter. Lewistown got even closer following a
three-point play by Beekman that sliced the deficit to two late
in the period.
Central gave up most, but never all, of its
lead. Eric Jones buried a three-pointer on Central’s initial
fourth quarter possession as the Panthers turned around the 15-5
edge Lewistown enjoyed in the third quarter with a 15-5 final
Lewistown pulled to within three at 34-31
following a Beekman triple with 4:12c remaining, but those would
be the final points for the Indians on the night. Central put
the clamps on the Lewistown attack, finishing the game with a
Ippensen led the Panthers defense with four
blocks to go with a team-high 14 points and four assists. Cole
Williams, a 2018 all-stater in football, recorded six points,
six rebounds, and three steals.
Beekman scored a game-high 17 points to go with five
rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Severns grabbed six
boards and scored five points.
Central earned another late-night tipoff, advancing to take
on third seeded Farmington in the fourth quarterfinal Thursday,
Dec. 27 at 9:30 pm. Lewistown will be matched up with Liberty in
the consolation bracket at 2:30 pm.