Lycoming men surrender lead

The big question as Lycoming entered Wednesday’s contest against Lebanon Valley was how it was going to follow up its second loss of the season.

The answer wasn’t one that pleased the Lycoming faithful as the upset-minded Dutchmen escaped Lamade Gym with a 90-86 win over the Warriors.

Lebanon Valley controlled the game in the paint, outscoring Lycoming 52-34.

“One of our keys from the start was the ball never gets in the middle, and then we give up 52,” Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt said. “That’s just poor execution. We didn’t do a good job throughout the game.”

Danny Brooks and Matt O’Brien combined for 54 of the Dutchmen’s 90 points. Both players controlled the paint and made it difficult to for Lycoming to press.

The Dutchmen moved the ball up the floor quickly and found both Brooks and O’Brien for easy transition buckets.

“In the first half we were good with our rotations and effort,” Rancourt said. “That started slipping away. We didn’t do it for 40 minutes.”

After a sluggish start on the offensive end, Lycoming received a boost from Patrick Dougher, who posted a career-high 18 points in the first half.

Despite the strong start, Dougher was stoned in the second half as Lycoming finished shooting less than 35 percent. The Warriors attempted 89 shots in the contest, but converted only 30.

“We settled for shots. We didn’t attack the zone anymore and you need to attack a zone,” Rancourt said.

Kevin Anthony led the Warriors with 21 points and Anthony Martin chipped in 14. Anthony opened the second half with a breakaway dunk to push the Warriors’ (11-3, 5-2 Commonwealth Conference) lead to six.

After the dunk, though, it was all Lebanon Valley (6-8, 3-4) as Brooks scored four consecutive points and Kevin Agnew added two from the line.

Agnew was involved in a controversial moment when it appeared he picked up his fifth foul with less than three minutes left in the game. The Lebanon Valley coaches disagreed and Agnew was allowed to return.

The confusion came when Agnew was called for his fourth foul when defending an Ihsaan Davis shot. Despite being on the shooter, the foul was initially given to David Corbin, who finished without a point. It appeared to be corrected, but when Agnew was called for what should have been his fifth, it clearly wasn’t.

Agnew then buried two free throws to help the Dutchmen close out the upset win.



Danny Brooks 11-17 6-12 28; Matt O’Brien 9-12 6-8 26; Kevin Agnew 5-10 3-3 15; Joey Giangiobbe 4-8 1-1 9; Ryan Kinard 3-5 0-0 7; Sam Diaz 1-1 2-4 5; David Corbin 0-1 0-2 0; Kyler Burke 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 33-57 18-30 90.

LYCOMING (11-3, 5-2 CC)

Kevin Anthony 7-12 7-9 21; Patrick Dougher 4-13 7-7 18; Anthony Martin 6-16 2-3 14; Ihsaan Davis 4-15 3-5 12; Jerald Williams 2-7 2-2 6; Justin Miller 3-8 0-0 6; Michael Rudy 2-9 0-0 5; John Ryan Wolff 2-3 0-0 4; Rob Pillow IV 0-1 0-0 0; John Monkam 0-1 0-0 0; William Wingate 0-0 0-0 0; Eric Ishman 0-1 0-0 0; Chris Foreman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-89 21-26 86.

Halftime – Lycoming 46-35. 3-point goals–Lebanon Valley 6-12 (Agnew 2-4; O’Brien 2-3; Kinard 1-3; Diaz 1-1; Burke 0-1), Lycoming 5-23 (Dougher 3-8; Davis 1-6; Rudy 1-2; Pillow IV 0-1; Ishman 0-1; Foreman 0-3; Williams 0-2). Fouled out–Lebanon Valley- Miller. Rebounds– Lebanon Valley 42 (Brooks 13), Lycoming 49 (Anthony 12). Assists–Lebanon Valley 29 (O’Brien 10), Lycoming 23 (Williams 19). Total fouls–Lebanon Valley 22, Lycoming 25. Technical fouls– None. A-596