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La Salle-Peru junior Noah Lamboley goes up for a layup during the Cavaliers’ 69-48 victory over DeKalb on Tuesday on the first day of the Cavalier Classic. Lamboley scored a game-high 19 points. NewsTribune photo/Amanda Whitlock
The La Salle-Peru boys basketball team opened the season with a 69-48 victory over DeKalb in the Cavalier Classic to snap a 16-game losing streak in holiday tournament games and give the Cavaliers their first ever win in their own tournament.
“It means a lot to be the first team to do that,” senior Cameron High said about L-P’s first win in the Cavalier Classic, which began in 2010. “It’s an honor. For the rest of our lives, we’ll remember that.”
The Cavs took the lead for good with 3 minutes left in the first quarter and led by as many as 25 points in the second half in their first holiday tournament win since a 62-45 victory over Rockford East on Dec. 26, 2009 at the Chuck Dayton Tournament in DeKalb.
“This is our first win in the Cavalier Classic. We were 0-8 the last two years. We finally got it,” L-P coach Jim Cherveny said. “It comes down to the kids just played hard. I like this team. They have the ability to shoot the ball and run and defend. If we can do those three things night in and night out, we’ll do some pretty good things thoughout the season.”
The Cavs displayed their ability to shoot, run and defend Tuesday.
L-P relied heavily on the 3-point shot as 52.7 of the Cavs’ field goal attempts came from beyond the arc.
“The plan is to get the best available shot out of the flow of the offense, and tonight it happened to be the 3 ball out of transition primarily,” Cherveny said. “We don’t live and die by the 3. We’re not a team like that, but we do have very good shooters. We can shoot the ball well. We also have guys who can get to the hole and finish at the rim.”
The Cavs knocked down 10-of-29 3-pointers (34.5 percent) with junior Noah Lamboley leading the way by draining 5-of-13.
Hight and senior Jens Soderholm each hit two 3-pointers while senior Adam Happ also drained a long ball.
“We were running all our plays real well,” said Lamboley, who scored a game-high 19 points. “We were getting all our main shooters open and we were able to knock down the trey. … We’re a good shooting team and once that opens up, then our drive game can come in.”
The Cavs also were able to push the ball quickly up court for easy layups off rebounds. “Really, it was just rebounding and looking down the court really quick,” Hight said. “The team did a great job running down the floor and looking down the court every time. It just worked out for us tonight.”
Defensively, the Cavs stymied the Barb offense, holding DeKalb to just 14 points in the first half and limiting the Barbs to 23.8 percent shooting in the first 16 minutes.
For the game, the Barbs shot 38 percent from the floor and 22.7 percent from 3-point range.
“We’ve been working a lot on our defense,” Cherveny said. “We work on pressuring the basketball and giving no easy looks whether it’s a pass or whether it’s a shot, and the guys are buying in. It takes all 16 guys, a little bit of leadership and a little bit of effort to defend, and it’s something we take a lot of pride in.”
The Cavs play at Noon Friday against Chatham-Glenwood and 6 p.m. Friday against Rochelle.
Notes: Tuesday was the first time the L-P senior class won its first game of the season. … The L-P freshman team opened the season with a 53-41 victory Rochelle in the Cavalier Classic sophomore tournament. Brady Huebbe scored 20 points and Kobey Fusinetti added 13 for the Cavs. … Dunlap beat Rochelle 79-55 in the first game Tuesday.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_Sports Editor.
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