LEWISTOWN – Urbana exploded on an 11-0 run midway through the first quarter, then used its zone defense to stifle any chance for an Indian Lake comeback.
The Hillclimbers grabbed a 22-10 lead after the first period and then held the Lakers off for the next three quarters in a 66-52 CBC/Mad River Division boys basketball game Friday night.
The Hillclimbers blowing it open early against the Lakers was eerily similar to their game against Northwestern, when the ‘Climbers jumped out to a 12-0 lead before coasting to a league win over the Warriors earlier this week.
With Friday night’s victory, Urbana is now 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the MRD. Indian Lake falls to 1-3 and 1-1.
“We love to be ahead early,” Urbana head coach Jeremy Dixon said with a smile after the game. “That’s two games in a row that we’ve gotten out to a nice, fast start, and that just makes it tough on the opponent, making them have to play catch-up the whole game. It was a good road win for us.”
Jordan Underwood did most of the damage in the first quarter for Urbana, scoring 10 points on two field goals and two treys. The ‘Climbers hit two more three-pointers in the period, and never let the Lakers closer than six points after that.
The teams combined to hit 16 three-pointers, with each squad sinking eight from long distance.
Jordan Underwood led all scorers with 19 points while Jace Underwood netted 12, Kalen Howell had 11 and Cameron Logwood closed with 10 points and 7 assists.
Beau Hefner led the Laker effort with four treys and 14 points.
The Lakers attempted only six free throws in the game, making four, while the ‘Climbers went 12-for-20 from the line on the night.
Urbana won the jayvee game, 49-19. Alex Lohnes had 15 points for UHS.