WATERFORD MILLS – Lakeland Christian Academy’s boys basketball team installed a new offense in the offseason. The Cougars couldn’t make the transition from practice to a game situations Tuesday night in a 45-22 non-conference loss at Bethany Christian.

After Noah Twombly’s traditional three-point play with 1:06 left in the first quarter cut Bethany’s lead to 10-7, Lakeland didn’t get the ball through the hoop again for more than 11 minutes.

“We’ve put in a new offense this year, and it’s been really good in practice,” LCA coach Chris Hohm said. “Bethany did a really good job of just shutting the door on the driving lanes. In practice we’re able to get into the lane pretty easily, but we’re not transitioning that when we play a good individual defensive team.

“I know (Bethany coach Ryan Gingerich) feels as though his team hasn’t played very good defense, but they played pretty well tonight.”

Even with the drought, the Cougars trailed just 19-9 with about six minutes to go in the third. Bruin senior Seth Brenneman took over, scoring 15 of his game-high 21 points after halftime.  He also completed his double-double with seven of his 11 rebounds in the second half, four of which came off the offensive glass.

Lakeland held Bethany to just four points in the second quarter, and 42 percent shooting from the floor for the game, but the Bruins gathered seven of their missed shots and had 10 second-chance points.

“Our first-shot defense was very good tonight, but we gave up way too many offensive rebounds,” Hohm said. “A lot of those were 50-50 balls that we got caught standing and watching and they chased them down. A couple times one of their guys burst three of ours and snagged the ball. Those things were killer.”

Bethany keyed its defense on Josh McDaniel, the Cougars’ leading scorer last season at 17.3 points a game. The Bruins were on McDaniel all night, and held him to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.

“It’s not the first time it has happened, but it’s still a tough thing for a kid to fight that for 32 minutes,” Hohm said. “Josh did a good job with it. He’s still learning how to exploit teams when they do that. He fought hard and I’m really proud of they way he didn’t give or didn’t let it shut him down.

“But they did a great job of swarming him.”

Bethany handily won the junior varsity game 61-19 over LCA. Trenton Parker led the Cougar JV with eight points.

The Cougars (1-1) will host Argos for a non-conference game Friday.



LCA    7    0    7    8    –    22

BC    13    4    12    16    –    45

Lakeland Christian – Josh McDaniel 3-11 0-0 7, Noah Twombly 1-4 2-3 4, Braxton Keller 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Harmon 1-8 0-0 2, Trae Harris 1-1 0-0 2, Elijah Raymond 2-3 0-0 5, Trenton Parker 0-1 0-0 0, Jeremy Gross 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 9-32 2-5 22.

Bethany Christian – Kory Kern 2-5 2-2 6, Seth Brenneman 6-9 9-12 21, Lucas Brownsberger-Keyes 4-10 2-2 12, Caleb Shenk 0-0 0-0 0, Ronit Goswami 0-0 0-0 0, KeShawn Smith 1-1 0-1 2, Jack Von Gunten 1-4 2-3 4. Totals 14-33 14-20 45.

Three-pointers – LCA 2 (Raymond, McDaniel), Bethany 2 (Brownsberger-Keyes 2); Rebounds – LCA 18 (Gross 7), Bethany 27 (Brenneman 11); Turnovers – LCA?15, Bethany 12; Fouls – LCA 18, Bethany 10; Fouled out – Gross; Records: LCA 1-1, Bethany 1-2

JV – Bethany Christian 61, LCA 19

LCA – Trenton Parker 8, Matthew Helton 6, Trae Harris 3, Josh Nakasone 2