Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:20 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Wed Dec 11, 2013.
LYONS — Non-stop action pretty much sums up the rivalry that is Clyde-Savannah and Lyons.
Throw in the fact that both boys basketball squads are defending sectional champions and shared the Wayne County league title a season ago and you got a highly competitive showdown Tuesday evening.
Although the Golden Eagles controlled the fast-paced action to build a 15-point lead after three quarters, the Lions made a run that turned the two teams’ first meeting of 2013-14 into another instant classic.
Lyons scored the first 12 points of the final frame and eventually tied the score at 41 with under three minutes to go. However, visiting Clyde-Savannah got seven points from senior Kam DiSanto down the stretch to earn a 51-50 triumph at Lyons High School.
“I think these guys have been here. Kam (DiSanto) and Joemaine (Bogan), they have been here, so they made the plays down the stretch for us,” Clyde-Savannah coach Tim Jackson Sr. said.
DiSanto led the Golden Eagles (4-0, 3-0) 21 points.
Damon Hunter guided the Lions’ fourth-quarter comeback by scoring 10 of his game-high 22 points in the frame.
Hunter connected on two 3-pointers to slice the deficit to seven. The Golden Eagles didn’t score their first point of the quarter until 3:20 remained when Bogan (13 points, 10 rebounds) hit a foul shot.
D.J. Long (8 points, 5 rebounds) dumped in a shot to tie the game at 41 for Lyons (1-1).
“We went to a bit of a bigger lineup and put Chris Peay in. We went with three forwards and I think our lineup helped; we seemed to move the ball better,” Lyons coach Zac Young remarked.
“Their 3-2 defense really bothered us. We didn’t move the ball well and we were kind of standing around and watching. We made a couple shots and were feeling a little better about ourselves. We switched our defense up a little bit to extend. That helped us and we certainly had our opportunities at the end.”
DiSanto answered right back with a traditional 3-point play to make it 44-41 Golden Eagles.
Long and DiSanto traded baskets before Bogan tossed in two more points to give Clyde-Savannah a 48-43 lead.
Trailing 49-43, Lyons stayed alive with back-to-back baskets from Hunter and Chris Peay.
DiSanto made two foul shots and Lyons’ Josh DeSain hit a 3-pointer just before the clock hit zero to create the final score.
“I think everything that we were doing the first three quarters, that got us a 15-point lead. We completely did the opposite (in the fourth),” Jackson Sr. commented. “We saw guys trying to get theirs, guys dribbling too much and guys started maybe complaining about the officiating too much.
“I give my guys a lot of credit for hanging in there. This crowd was going crazy and it was a great game.”
DiSanto, Bogan and Joe Faniel (12 points) combined for 17 of the Golden Eagles 19 first quarter points to take a six-point advantage after one. Faniel also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
Lyon’s Damien Scott scored all nine of his points in the first frame to keep things close.
Clyde-Savannah inflated its lead to 16 at the break behind a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. DiSanto dumped in six points during the session and the visitors outscored Lyons 14-4 in the frame.
“We couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Young said. “Everything we scored was in transition and I thought we were tentative a couple of times. We looked stagnant; they definitely trapped us and that affected us.”
Hunter was limited to four first half points but doubled that with eight during a low scoring third quarter, including two 3-pointers.
Faniel made a basket to give the Golden Eagles their 15-point edge entering the fourth.
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