Boys basketball: Legacy stays red-hot with win over Prairie View

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    Legacy's Jack Olsen drives around a Prairie View defender during Friday's game in the Brighton Invitational.

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    Austin Mullins of Legacy is fouled while going up for a shot during Friday's game in the Brighton Invitational.

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    Legacy's Jackson Stapleton prepares to go up for a shot during Friday's game with Prairie View as part of the Brighton Invitational.



BRIGHTON — The Legacy boys basketball team has gotten off to such a hot start this season that first-year head coach Connor Clay had to wait two weeks to learn how his team would respond to a loss.

While Clay was quite pleased with the Lightning’s five-game win streak that kicked off the season, he was thrilled with what he saw on Friday. After Brighton dealt the Lightning boys their first defeat in 2017-18 during the opening round of the Brighton Invitational, they bounced back with an 81-60 win over Prairie View two days later.

“I challenged these guys as to how they would respond to getting that loss after going five straight wins,” Clay said. “They showed that they were ready. Offensively, they were smart and on defense we really dug in I thought we changed the things that lost that game. As a coach, it’s really exciting to see when any team is responding to what you’re telling them.

“Against Brighton, really, I think we were just a little too satisfied going in with five straight wins. It was kind of like we knew we were good and we were just going to walk in the gym (and win). We can’t do that, we have to work every single game and not take anyone for granted.”

Clay, who is the Lightning’s third coach in the last three year, added that the Lightning (6-1) players seemed to have regained the understanding that they need to earn wins, not receive them, when the re-entered the Brighton High School gym on Friday.

Though the Thunderhawks (3-3) were ahead 15-9 after one quarter, the Lightning scored 30 points in the second to lead 39-28 at halftime. By the start of the fourth quarter, the Lightning had pushed its lead to 19 points and finished the game with a new season high.

“One of our team goals is to always win the third quarter,” Lightning junior Jackson Stapleton said. “We did that tonight and we expect to do that every time.”

Against the Thunderhawks’ zone defense, the Lightning shot 43.5 percent from 3-point range and made 10 long balls. Four Lightning players – Jake Borelli, Caden Sehr, Austin Mullins and Stapleton – scored in double figures. Averaging 62.1 points a game, the Lightning appear to be well ahead of schedule in terms on improving on last season’s 10-13 record.

“We limited the turnovers and moved the ball more,” Sehr said. “We were a lot more motivated after our first loss of the season.”

The Lightning will conclude its time at the Brighton Invitational when it plays Gateway at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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Legacy 81, Prairie View 60

At Brighton H.S.


DeHoff 2 5-5 11, Romero 8 1-1 23, Maisonet 2 3-8 8, Knecht 2 5-7 10, Halstead 1 0-0 2, Griffin 1 0-0 2, Vincel 0 0-0 0, McCormick 0 0-0 0, Mellen 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 14-21 60.

LEGACY (6-1)

Borelli 4 3-6 12, Boeckenstadt 3 0-0 6, Mullins 4 3-5 11, Sehr 8 0-1 19, Hanes 1 3-4 6, Olson 3 2-2 8, Weber 3 2-2 9, Huxtable 0 0-2 0, Stapleton 4 0-0 12, Jackson 0 1-2 1. Totals 30 14-24 81.

Score by quarters:

Prairie View 15132012—60

Legacy 9302814—81

3-point field goals — Prairie View (8): Romero 6, Maisonet, Knecht; Legacy (10): Stapleton 4, Sehr 3, Borelli, Hanes, Weber. Total fouls — Prairie View 21, Legacy 20. Fouled out — Mellen.