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Second half outburst lifts Lyle/Pacelli boys

ROCHESTER — Defensive intensity in the second half fed the transition game for the Lyle/Austin Pacelli boys basketball team and led to a 78-48 win over Schaeffer Academy on Thursday night.

The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics broke open a close game at halftime by scoring 42 points in the second half.

Most of the point production in the second half came off turnovers.

The Athletics had 24 steals on the night and that led to a late scoring barrage in this non-conference game.

"After allowing way too much dribble penetration in the first half, we played an outstanding second half," L/P coach Reid Olson said. "In the second half, we cranked up our defensive intensity and created a lot of steals. That really helped our transition offense and allowed us to run away with the game."

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Mitch Williamson led the way to victory for L/P with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Williamson added 22 points and Dusty Riste was also in double figures with 11 points. Riste also had five steals and four assists in the win.

Balance was the key for the L/P offense with eight different guys getting into the scorebook on the night. This completed a season sweep for L/P in the two games against Schaeffer Academy.

"It was a great effort and I’m really proud of the kids," Olson said. "The guys were diving for loose balls and they found the open man on offense. This was a nice road win."

L/P (8-14) returns to Southeast Conference play for its last home game of the regular season tonight against Mabel-Canton. It will be senior night at the Lyle Gym.

LYLE/PACELLI 78, SCHAEFFER ACAD. 48

Lyle/Austin Pacelli: Mitch Williamson 25 points, 11 rebounds; Mike Williamson 22 points; Dusty Riste 11 points; Tim Sheedy 7 points; Brady Stier 6 points; Cody Meyer 4 points; Steven Mino 2 points, Jake Ehret 1 point, Matt Buntje 0. Team stats: 20-30 FT, 33 rebounds, 24 steals, 18 assists, 19 turnovers, 4 3-pointers (Mitch Williamson 2, Mike Williamson 1, Riste 1).

Schaeffer Academy: David Vogel 14 points; Josh Dockter 9 points. Team stats: 5-14 FT, 0 3-pointers. Schaeffer is 7-16 with two regular-season games left next week, 33 turnovers, 27 rebounds.

Halftime: L/P 36, Schaeffer 29.

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