LOGANVILLE — The Loganville boys high school varsity basketball team lost its region opener at home Tuesday in a hard-fought game against Lanier, 62-54.
Each team came out in the first quarter with sloppy performances, as each team nearly committed more turnovers than actual points. Lanier scored eight points in the first quarter but committed seven turnovers, while Loganville (0-2) scored seven points and also committed seven turnovers.
However, in the second quarter, Loganville started to see the game slip away as Lanier outscored the Red Devils 21-11 in the quarter. The Red Devils shot under 50 percent from the free-throw line in the first half and had 14 turnovers. Lanier committed just one turnover for the second quarter.
“Most of our turnovers in the first half were unforced, so you always hate that,” Loganville head coach Josh Grayson said. “Things like that, we can correct.”
Loganville saw its deficit rise to double digits in the third quarter but were not fazed by the events. Guard Tyler Curci came up big for the Red Devils, hitting three huge 3-point shots to cut the Lanier lead to seven.
“He is becoming a pretty good shooter and he is only a sophomore,” Grayson said. “He seems to keep hitting them every time we need one. I’m happy the moment never seems too big for him so far.”
Curci finished the game with 15 points, most of which came from the four 3-point shots he hit during the game.
Lanier, however, was able to push the lead back up in the fourth quarter, leading by as many 16. Loganville once again went on a run, outscoring the Longhorns 10-1 during the stretch.
It wasn’t enough though for Loganville, as the deficit proved to be too high.
“It was our second game, so I did see some improvements with a few things with our execution on some offensive sets. We did hit some shots, so I definitely saw some improvements from the Parkview game,” Grayson said.
Senior forward Tyler Rhodes led the Red Devils in scoring with 16 points. Rhodes also grabbed eight rebounds, a team high. Senior guard, Richard Frazier added 10 points to the Loganville total.
The Red Devils fell to an 0-2 overall record on the early season.