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MacArthur hands top-ranked Lanphier first loss of season

January 11, 2017

When Lanphier High School came to Decatur MacArthur on Dec. 18, 2015, and walked out with a 100-71 win, it was a concerted effort by the Lions to flex their muscle on a Central State Eight Conference rival.

In Lanphier's first trip back to the Generals' home gym, this one was personal for MacArthur as the Generals stunned the Associated Press' Class 3A No. 1 team, Lanphier, 65-59 Tuesday.

"They outworked us, out-toughed us, out-hustled us and they deserved to win," Lanphier coach Blake Turner said of MacArthur. "What I saw on the floor from an execution standpoint, from the discipline standpoint, they were the better team."

It snapped Lanphier's 13-game winning streak and ended Lanphier's reign as the last CS8 team undefeated in league play.

"Ever since last year happened, because they scored 72 points in the paint in that game last season," MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said. "We put '72' on the board every week, even before we was going to play Lanphier . . . to remind us how many points they scored in the paint. We tried to eliminate that today.

"We had to be real aggressive (to keep Lanphier out of the paint) and try not to foul, try to move our feet and try to force them to shoot a lot of outside shots."

That plan worked to perfection.

Not only was Lanphier limited to 26 points in the paint, but the Lions had trouble dialing it in from long range, missing 18 of 23 3-pointers taken.

Lanphier finished with just a 27.5 shooting percentage.

The MacArthur junior twins Amir and Armon Brummett combined for 39 points.

Amir scored 14 of his 24 points at the free-throw line, nearly outscoring Lanphier on free throws by himself. The Lions (13-1 overall, 6-1 CS8) were 16 of 24 at the line while MacArthur missed just four of its 26 attempts there.

Lanphier's offense came out with an impressive first quarter, taking a 20-13 lead behind Yaakema Rose's 10 points - all in the paint.

With three free throws early in the second quarter, the Lions found themselves ahead 23-13. But that's when the scoring woes began.

The Generals (9-4, 5-1) held Lanphier without a field goal until Rose scored his 14th point on a shot with 5 seconds left in the half.

The drought continued for the Lions and MacArthur answered its 14-7 second quarter by outscoring Lanphier 18-4 over the third.

"Coach always says 'defense, defense, defense' and we came out and played defense," MacArthur's Randy Thaxton said. "We knew if we just played defense, we'd come out with that 'W.'"

Thaxton finished with 12 points, including seven in the third.

Things began to unravel for Lanphier in the first quarter. Aundrae Williams was called for a technical foul with 2 minutes 36 seconds left, which was his third of the game. He sat for nearly the rest of the half.

Then William Boles got a "T" for Lanphier's second technical of the game on a play which Amir Brummett was called for an intentional foul on Cardell McGee.

"We're a better team with Aundrae Williams on the floor," Turner said. "Cardell got in foul trouble. We scored 11 points in second and third quarters. You can't do that and expect to win the game."

Taken from sj-r.com