COAL TOWNSHIP — After a tough loss to Southern, Lourdes Regional rebounded nicely in a 64-46 rout of North Schuylkill in the consolation game of the Bob Probert Memorial Basketball Tournament, on Friday.
The Red Raiders trailed the Spartans 12-6 entering the second period, but erupted for 28 points before halftime as Thomas Schultz scored seven.
Lourdes Regional took the lead back as Adam Sandri made a layup with with 5:36 left in the half, handing the Red Raiders a 21-20 advantage.
Lourdes Regional head coach James Sandri was pleased with his team’s ability to rebound from a slow start. The Red Raiders went on a 24-2 run to wrap up the opening half.
“We wanted to move the ball quicker on offense and attack their open spots. I thought the kids did a decent job doing that. I think the really big key was our intensity. We had a little bit more in the second half. We started off very slow in that first quarter and it kind of scared me, but then the kids balanced out. We came off a tough one last night. We came out on the good end tonight,” Sandri said about his team’s approach against the Spartans.
Schultz scored at will in the second half and posted a dozen points as he alone doomed the Spartans comeback attempt. The 6-6 Red Raider led all scorers with 26.
“It’s hard to defend Thomas. He didn’t have the best game last night, but I don’t think any of our kids had a great game last night. I think tonight Thomas took the ball, took control of the game and said ‘Hey stop me,’” Sandri said.
Lourdes defense contested shot attempts by the Spartans throughout the second half as seniors Nathan Burke and Zack Stokes were held in check. The North Schuylkill duo mustered only 14 points.
After a 11 games played in the first three weeks of the season, Sandri emphasized the importance of resting his players. The Red Raiders have a 9-2 record after Friday’s win.
“I really don’t think it was our best performance. We still didn’t do a lot of good things. We got a week off and we’re going to take a couple days. We had some people sick. We’ve already played 11 games. It was a very aggressive schedule and just because of new teams we picked up. We’re going to take a day or two off for rest and get back to the fundamentals. We got a lot of work to do,” Sandri explained about the road ahead.