Coleman, Logwood put on a show for LaLu

Photo by Carron J. Phillips La Lumiere’s Jalen Coleman (left) steps up to defend an ATI guard.

La PORTE — La Lumiere opened the second half of Friday night’s game against Athlete Institute (Ontario) with a backdoor alley-oop to Sam Logwood.

The dunk put the Lakers up by 27 points, and this was after they started the game on a 17-0 run.

“It was something we planned, because we wanted to get the fans into it because it was senior night,” Logwood said.

ATI never stood a chance. The Lakers held them scoreless for the first 8 minutes of the game, as they rolled to a 68-42 win.

“Jalen (Coleman) made some shots and that got us going offensively, but we guarded and it’s always easier to guard when you’re making shots,” said La Lumiere Coach Alan Huss. “Our energy was terrific early, and we made it tough on them.

“Our aggressiveness and intensity caught them a little bit off guard, and playing us is a little different from what they’re used to.”

Coleman led the way for the Lakers early as he scored 24 of his game-high 34 points in the first half. The junior guard was 6 of 8 from deep in the opening period.

“I can shoot, so when I get space, I shoot,” Coleman said. “My teammates trust me, and they got me the ball. It’s all about the trust between my team and my work ethic.”

While Coleman took over the first half, Logwood decided to step up in the second. The senior forward scored 13 of his 20 points in the final half, and repeatedly attacked the rim by attempting 12 shots in the final 18 minutes.

“Jalen got going, and when they lock on to him things open up for me,” Logwood said.

“It creates a major mismatch on the defensive end with Sam’s ability to drive, and his ability to create for others,” Coleman said. “When we’re playing well, it just all flows.”

After the game, Huss said he was pleased with his team’s energy throughout the night, as it gave the other players on the floor a chance to lock in defensively with his leaders taking care of the offensive duties.

“Those are our two leading scorers and leaders,” Huss said. “We did a great job of getting Jalen some looks, the crazy thing is that he’s such an unselfish kid that I think he started feeling guilty about shooting so many shots. He passed up four or five more good looks.”

Jamal Murray led the way for ATI with all of his team-high 16 points in the second half. Connor LaRonde chipped in 12 points of his own, and was 2 of 3 from deep.

Before Friday night’s win, the Lakers defeated 22 FT Academy (South Carolina) on Thursday, and will face St. Louis Christian on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CST. The games are part of the Laker Invitational in which all four teams get to face each other.

Reach sports writer Carron J. Phillips at 874-7211, Ext. 461. Follow him on Twitter @carronJphillips.

La Lumiere 68, ATI 42

La Lumiere (19-2)

Olesinski 0-1 0-0 0, Toye 2-9 0-0 4, Coleman 12-17  2-2 34, Tutu 1-3 0-0 2, Cayce 1-4 2-2 4, Logwood 7-19 6-9 20, Inuwa 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-56 10-13 68.

ATI

Keane 1-2 0-0 2, LaRonde 2-5 6-6 12, Krizanac 0-1 0-1 0, Mofford 1-4 0-0 3, Walker 0-3 0-1 0, St. Louis 2-5 0-0 4, Riley 1-8 3-4 5, Murray 6-15 2-2 16, Alexander 0-1 0-0 0, Planincic 0-1 0-0 0

La Lumiere 37 31 —  68

ATI 12 30 — 42

3-point shooting — La Lumiere 8-22 (Olesinski 0-1, Toye 0-4, Coleman 8-11, Tutu 0-2, Cayce 0-2, Logwood 0-2), ATI 5-12 (LaRonde 2-3, Krizanac 0-1, Mofford 1-2, Riley 0-2, Murray 2-4)

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