Jordan Lyons was electric against Forest Park with 33 points.
(Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)
The McIntosh boys basketball team kicked off the season in a positive way after bullying Forest Park en route to an 82-67 victory on Tuesday night.
“We wanted to come out fast and I think we did that,” said McIntosh coach Jason Eisele. “That was one of our issues last year. Sometimes we would come out slow, so we really worked on coming out hard.”
The Chiefs were clicking on all cylinders with sophomore sensation Jordan Lyons leading the way with a game-high 33 points. Fellow sophomore Will Washington finished just shy of a double-double with 18 points and nine assists, while 6’6 freshman Dishon Lowery dominated inside with 20 points (8-for-10) and 11 rebounds.
Jumping out to a 19-7 lead after the first quarter, McIntosh never faced any danger of losing their lead as Lyons poured in 24 of his points in the second half.
Brandon Williams led the way for Forest Park with 25 points and five steals, while Courvoisier Stallings chipped in with 17 points.
Forest Park was leading 5-4 with 4:40 remaining in the first when McIntosh went on a 15-2 run to close out the quarter. The second quarter was much closer than the first as Forest Park cut the score to 26-16 at the 4:43 mark, however McIntosh would still go on to outscore the Panthers 21-17 in the period to take a 40-24 lead into the half.
“To their credit, they fought back and made some runs of their own,” Eisele said of the game. “We need to be able to play smarter a little bit when we have a lead because right now we play at one speed and that’s it.”
The third quarter was all Lyons. He scored 13 points in the period including going 7 for 9 from the free throw line. In the fourth quarter the duo of Lyons and Washington combined for 19 of McIntosh’s 25 points.
“The effort is definitely there and the intensity we want to play with is there,” Eisele said. “We just need to mature a little bit.
The McIntosh girls basketball team took it on the chin in the season opener against Forest Park by a final score of 53-44 on Tuesday night.
“They played hard,” said first year McIntosh coach Alex Mull of his team’s effort. “They played their hearts out.”
Despite the loss, the Lady Chiefs received a game-high 21 points from Cassidy Williams.
It wasn't enough to hang with the Lady Panthers who had three players finish in double-figures, led by the 17 points from Breasia Mcelrath. Kanisha Tharpe added 12 points and Tiffany Wilson followed that up with 11 points.
“Our job is (just) to go out there and give our best effort,” Mull said. “We are not worried about failing. We do play this game to win but the girls gave their best effort (tonight).”
For the Lady Chiefs, slow starts in the first and third quarter ultimately led to their downfall. After falling behind 14-5 after the first quarter, McIntosh outscored Forest Park in the second quarter 14-6 to going into halftime only down 20-19. In the third quarter, McIntosh reverted back to the team that started the game as Forest Park stretched their lead to as many as 11 (30-19, 3:34) before taking a 38-29 into the final quarter.
“We just gotta stay focused,” Mull said of his team’s slow starts in the first and third quarters. “We have to keep our eye on the prize and have the right mindset the whole time. We tend to get lazy—everybody does— but it’s just about staying focused throughout the game.”
McIntosh’s next test will be on the road at Mt. Zion where the Lady Chiefs (0-1) will look to give the Lady Bulldogs (1-0) their first loss of the season, while the Chiefs (1-0) will look to make it two in a row against the Bulldogs (1-1).