Lancaster's final regular season game saw the Bruins routed by region rivals Clover 64-47. But in their opening round playoff game against Greenwood, Lancaster appeared every bit the team that finished its season 17-7, easily defeating the Eagles 69-48.
After Wednesday's game, Lancaster coach Ricardo Priester praised his team for its ability to bounce back from its previous road loss.
"We're still learning on how to be mentally prepared for every game, especially on the road," Priester said. "We didn't come out prepared for our last game, and if you do that in our region you'll lose every time. But tonight, our effort was much better on both sides of the court."
Though Lancaster's offensive production in the first half was inconsistent, their defense swarmed to the ball on every Eagles possession. Greenwood scored just 17 points in the first two quarters on 5 of 22 shooting, despite numerous second opportunities created by offensive rebounds. Lancaster's Ron Trapps and Nate Bush provided just enough offense to keep Greenwood at arm's length, combining for 17 of the Bruins 28 first half points. The half ended with Lancaster leading 28-17 over Greenwood.
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Lancaster sophomore G/F Sindarius Thornwell, one of the Bruins most prolific offensive contributors, had just two points heading into the third quarter, both free throws on an 0 for 7 night.
He made his presence felt in the second half, scoring 11 of his 13 points as the Bruins quickly pulled away from the Eagles. Lancaster forward Qua Duncan also contributed nine third-quarter points, while Trapps ignited in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 in the final minutes of the game.
Greenwood -- Desmond Thomasson 15, Dee Barcliff 9, Marquavius Lewis 8, Jarryd Coleman 6, Spearman Robinson 5, Haddrikus Sprowl 3, Severio Mathis 2
Lancaster -- Ron Trapps 18, Sindarious Thornwell 13, Qua Duncan 13, Nate Bush 12, Alan Robinson 5, Forrest Woodard 4, Keanthony Foster 2, Shaq Williams 2
3-pointers -- Greenwood 7 (Coleman 2, Lewis 2, Thomasson, Sprowl), Lancaster 4 (Bush 2, Robinson, Thornwell). Team fouls -- Greenwood 23, Lancaster 10. Fouled out -- None
Records: Greenwood 6-15; Lancaster 18-7.