The Stallions Junior varsity team which appears to be much improved over last years version played a solid game against the Lions from Covenant Day with an opening day 60-54 victory on the road.
The Stallions front line out matched the Lions controlling the boards and running a fast paced offense up and down the court. While defensively they maintained a full court and half court press frequently challenging their opponent to break. However, the Lions kept the game close because they shot well enough from the floor and the first half ended with the Stallions having a 30-21 lead.
In the third period the pace remained familiar even with some intermission adjustments made by the Lions. The relentless pressure and strength advantage of the Stallions upfront made it difficult for the Lions to box out and grab rebounds for second shot opportunities. So after three periods the Stallions maintained a comfortable 38-31 lead.
In the fourth period the Stallions defense and rebounding edge paid off as they dominated throughout the period. Especially down the stretch when the Lions tried to mount a comeback that fell short. Thomas Van Kaenel pulled down four important rebounds for the Stallions and scored 6 of his 10 points during the stretch run making a major contribution and securing the victory.
Meanwhile, Matthew Daugherty and Ryan Enos both performed consistently while scoring 13 points for the Stallions, Van Kaenel chipped in 10 points and a number of other players made a significant contribution on what turned out to be a well deserved team win for the Stallions. The team also made their free throws down the stretch which kept the Lions at bay for any hopes of pulling off a late game come from behind win.