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BEEGHLY CENTER Dean leads Sebring to 14th

Published: Sun, February 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.

The 11th-ranked Trojans defeated Lordstown 81-41.



YOUNGSTOWN -- Sebring High showed why it is the 11th-ranked boys basketball team in the state in Division IV, running to an 81-41 victory over Lordstown in the first game of a prep doubleheader Saturday at Beeghly Center.

Josh Dean, who hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor along with six steals and five blocked shots, had 20 points, and another 6-1 junior Greg Van Kirk, had 18 points to lead the Trojans (14-1). Adam Jurica, the sixth man, also finished in double figures with 12 points.

In all, 11 Sebring players scored.

Coach's view: "It was good to run on a big floor which helped our offense and it also aided in our trapping defense," said Dean.

Van Kirk added, "This is a great running court which is big for our transition game."

Sebring coach Brian Clark, the successor to Ohio Hall of Fame member Rick Brook, said: "This was like a tournament atmosphere which was good for us, and playing here it was important to get off to a good start, and it was sort of refreshing to take a break in conference play."

Lordstown (3-13) was led by junior Jason Darocha's 13 points and seven rebounds, and freshman Tom Andriko scored 10 points.

Shot well: Coach Tom McClary of the Red Devils, formerly with Mogadore, said, "We are young and working hard and I like where we are at right now. Although Sebring is a great team, we didn't expect them to shoot as well as they did. When they started hitting those 3-pointers, we knew we were in trouble."

With Dean scoring nine points and Joe Springer five more, Sebring (14-1) after taking an early 6-0 lead, went on top 17-7 after the first quarter and with a 25-14 points advantage in the second quarter, led 42-21 at the half.

The Trojans shot 16-of-27 from the floor in the first half and their defense forced 11 Lordstown turnovers, creating a succession of inside baskets off Red Devil errors.

Though Lordstown (3-13) was tenacious in its play, the Trojans enjoyed a 39-20 edge in the second half.


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