CINCINNATI, Ohio — Tuesday has arrived which means a full slate of games will be played on the hardwood later today. One game that stands out among the best is a contest between two Division 1 programs that have gotten off to a good start early on. 275 Hoops will be in attendance for what expects to be an exciting battle. Let’s dive into the two programs and breakdown how they stack up against each other.
Who: La Salle Lancers (4-0, 0-0) vs Lakota West Firebirds (3-1, 3-0).
When: Tonight at 7:30 PM
Where: Lakota West High School
Fresh off of a victory against Kentucky powerhouse Covington Catholic, La Salle will look to remain unbeaten against Lakota West. The Lancers have already taken down Dayton Belmont, Dayton Meadowdale, Purcell Marian, and the aforementioned Colonels thanks in part to a trio of upperclassmen that are averaging over double figures in the scoring column — highly efficient junior guard Justin Lovette (15.7), senior guard Jaylen Lemons (11.7), and senior forward Derek Eddings (10.0).
However, Lakota West also equips a backcourt duo that can score with the very best. Senior guard Julian Mackey, who is shooting over 58 percent so far, is currently the top scorer in the Greater Miami Conference with an average of 25.5 points per night. Not to be forgotten, Carter Combs is averaging 14.0 points of his own for the Firebirds. The two fall inside the Top 10 in scoring in the GMC — a conference that features some of the best players in the city and some future NCAA Division 1 players. Sophomore forward Alex Afari is also getting it done on the boards for Lakota West as he collects over seven rebounds per contest.
Numbers To Know:
This is the amount of points that the opposition is averaging against La Salle throughout the first four games of the season. The Lancers prove to get it done on the defensive end and will not give you anything easy but will they be able to continue that success today against the high-scoring Firebirds?
When Lakota West is at their best, it’s when Carter Combs and Julian Mackey are putting the ball in the basket. In their three wins this season, the two are averaging 42.3 points combined. In the lone loss against Turpin to open the season, the two finished with just 31 points.
Something has to give. Coming into this contest, the Lancers have a 0 in the loss column. But there is also a 0 in the loss column for Lakota West on their home floor this year with wins coming against Middletown and Princeton. Even though it is early, someone is gonna suffer either their first home loss or their first loss overall.