WINONA LAKE – Lakeland Christian Academy won 96-31 over Howe Military in boys basketball action on Tuesday. The Cougars won at least a share of the Hoosier Plains Conference with the victory in the first year of the conference.

LCA (11-11, 4-0 HPC) jumped out to a commanding 25-3 lead after the first quarter. Senior Eli Raymond tallied nine points in the period, hitting three shots from behind the arc.

The Cougars kept pace and scored double digits in the next three stanzas, while the Cadets (1-12, 0-5 HPC) were held to only 28 points in the final three frames.

Five players scored in double figures for LCA. Senior Josh McDaniel made 11 field goals, the same amount Howe Military made. McDaniel tallied 25 points for the Cougars. 

Both senior Eli Raymond and junior Jake Harmon netted 15 points and dished out seven assists. Senior Noah Twombly earned 13 and senior Jeremy Gross scored 12 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Senior Trae Harris had eight points, a new career high. Twombly had seven steals and six rebounds in the winning effort.

The Cougars have the opportunity to win the conference outright on Thursday when they play at South Bend Career Academy. If LCA loses, the team will be tied with South Bend Trinity for the top place in the conference. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.



LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 96

HOWE MILITARY 31

HM.....3    14    12   2  – 31

LCA....25  23    24  24  – 96

Howe Military – Lunden Dowdell 5 0-0 14, Blake Bender 3 1-2 9, Ulmon 3 2-2 8, Kade Hochstetler 0 0-0 0, Justin Baker 0 0-0 0, Totals 11 3-4 31.

LCA – Josh McDaniel 11 2-3 25, Jake Harmon 6 0-0 15, Eli Raymond 6 0-0 15, Noah Twombly 6 1-2 13, Jeremy Gross 6 0-0 12, Trae Harris 4 0-0 8, Braxton Keller 2 0-0 4, Luiz Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Landon Paris 0 0-0 0, Matthew Heaton 0 0-0 0, Trenton Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals 42 5-7 96. 

Three-pointers – LCA 7 (Harmon 3, Raymond 3, McDaniel); Howe Military 6 (Dowdell 4, Bender 2); Fouls – LCA 9, Howe Military 5; Fouled out – none; Records – LCA 11-11 (4-0 HPC), Howe Military 1-12 (0-5 HPC)

JV – LCA 55, Howe Military 12