The stage might have been a little smaller than what is on the horizon, but Lick-Wilmerding proved that it can still be pretty dangerous on its home court.
Gearing up for their matchup today with University at Oracle Arena, the Tigers dispatched Drew 67-46 to stay undefeated in Bay Counties League West play.
Marcus Wells had 16 points and nine assists, Justin Costa-Roberts dropped in 15 and Nick Miller added 14 points for the Tigers (10-5, 3-0).
Drew, led by star guard Scott Schulkin (22 points), started hot, hitting its first four shots in opening up an 8-6 lead. But Lick responded with an 8-0 run and ended the first quarter ahead 21-13.
Despite Schulkin’s 15 first-half points, the Dragons (9-8, 2-2) were unable to keep pace with the bigger, deeper Tigers and speedy point guard Wells, whose 11 points and five assists propelled Lick to a 36-21 halftime lead. The Tigers continued to extend their lead in the second half, courtesy of a balanced offensive effort that featured scoring from 10 different players.
"In the end, our depth really wore them down," Tigers coach Eliot Smith said. "And when you’ve got a point guard like Marcus, the whole team ends up looking pretty good."
Wells, who was matched up with Schulkin for various parts of the game, controlled the court on both ends in a matchup of two of the BCL’s best players.
"It’s always extra motivation playing against a great player," said Wells, a junior. "I don’t try to match scoring with him, because I realized that when I score a lot our team always loses, so I made sure to look for my teammates first."