Sierra Lutheran's Luke Schinzing shoots from inside the paint Thursday evening against Oasis Academy. Schinzing made three field goals in the Falcons' 55-35 win.
Thursday night featured a wire-to-wire win for the Sierra Lutheran boys basketball over Oasis Academy.
The Falcons jumped out to an 8-2 start and never looked back, posting a 55-35 win over the Bighorns.
Both teams entered Thursday’s matchup with equal 6-6 records, but the Falcons had more energy from the start.
Sierra Lutheran led 18-9 after the first quarter in which juniors Makez Berger and Shawn Emm combined for 16 of the Falcons’ opening 18 points.
Berger knocked down three shots from beyond the arc in the opening eight minutes while Emm battled his way through the lane for points at the rim.
The two only combined for one basket the rest of the way, but the production they were getting from their teammates is, in their mind, the perfect description of what Sierra Lutheran basketball has been about this season.
“Pass and cut. We just share the ball. There’s no top person on our team. Anyone can go off in a night and I think that’s our best strength,” said Emm.
After Berger’s three triples only Connor Braz sank a shot from beyond the arc, but the Falcons didn’t need the deep ball as they continued to drive through the paint to the rim for buckets.
Hunter Lamprecht tied Berger with a team-high 11 points in the win and scored several times by driving through traffic in the lane and getting position near the rim.
Dominic Azevedo and Luke Schinzing both scored six points for the Falcons while Teagan Berger added eight points to his resume.
“I think it’s sharing the ball the whole game. Every now and again we will go one-on-one,” said Makez Berger. “If we share the ball everything is going to work out.”
Along with the success of getting to the rim, Sierra Lutheran’s defense held Oasis Academy to 19 points through three quarters of play, building a 24-point lead by the end of the third.
The Falcons limited the Bighorns’ offensive damage to two players as Armahn Brantley and Douglas Lee scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
“We don’t shoot in practice. All we do is defense,” said Emm. “That’s all we know is defense.”
UP NEXT: The Falcons (7-6) head to Whittell (7-3) Tuesday to open up league play.