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home : sports : sports   May 24, 2016

2/8/2014 1:33:00 AM
Prep boys basketball: Balanced L-P tops Streator


La Salle-Peru’s Logan Zeman (No. 22) and Streator’s Damion Nambo for a rebound during the Cavaliers’ 54-49 victory Friday in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game in La Salle.NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
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La Salle-Peru’s Logan Zeman (No. 22) and Streator’s Damion Nambo for a rebound during the Cavaliers’ 54-49 victory Friday in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game in La Salle.
NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Kevin Chlum
Sports Editor



With leading scorer Noah Lamboley sidelined by injury, Erik Milaicki and his La Salle-Peru teammates knew they needed a well-rounded effort Friday.

“He’s our big scorer, obviously, so we just had to get everybody involved in the game,” Milaicki said about replacing Lamboley and his 17.4 points per game.

The Cavaliers accomplished that goal as six players scored above their season average to help L-P to a 54-49 victory over Streator in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game in La Salle.

“We got a lot of good minutes from a lot of people tonight,” L-P coach Jim Cherveny said. “It was a good team victory for this group.

“I thought Cody O’Brien gave us some great minutes off the bench. He played all the way ‘til the end of the game in crunch time. Ryan Wiestart gave us some really good minutes with some rebounding. (Devin) Stoker off the bench had some big rebounds for us. Erik played phenomenal tonight. He really took control of the team. It was just a nice team game.”

The Cavs jumped out to a strong start and never trailed.

Luke Dresbach scored a pair of baskets on assists from Manny Pagan and Milaicki before Milaicki added a bucket to put L-P up 6-0.

“We ran the floor well in transition, especially in the first half,” Cherveny said. “I thought we made some pretty good adjustments defensively. It was another week of practice with a day off, so we had one less day to prepare, but I thought our kids came out with great energy and enthusiasm.”

The Cavs (8-10, 2-4 NIB 12 West) led 11-10 after the first quarter and 25-18 at halftime.

L-P extended its lead to nine points on three different occasions in the third quarter before the Bulldogs made a push.

Streator cut its deficit to three at 37-34 entering the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs stayed within six points in the final eight minutes and cut their deficit to two at 49-47 with 36.1 seconds left.

However, O’Brien scored on an assist from Kaleb Jakse and the Cavs hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 14 seconds.

“We just had to continue to score and try to get as many stops in a row as possible to try to keep the momentum,” Milaicki said about how the Cavs held off Streator.

Milaicki finished with a team-high 15 points along with five assists and five rebounds, while Jakse scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Max Vickers led the Bulldogs with 22 points and five rebounds.

Note: The L-P sophomore team beat Streator 52-29 behind 14 points from Christian Soderholm. Jake Doyle and Kobey Fusinetti each added nine points for L-P (15-1, 5-1 NIB 12 West).

Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at sports@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.












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