Sept. 4, 2006
TORONTO, Ontario _ Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson's goal was for his team to get better with each game on the Bisons Labor Day weekend series of basketball games here in Canada.
His goal has been reached based on the first three games. Sunday night's 70-57 win against the York University Lions at the Tait McKenzie Center was easily the best of the three games. The Bisons close out the series Monday morning with a visit to Humber College before returning home later in the day.
"We just guarded York," said Sanderson. "I didn't think we were as fluid offensively as we were the first two games, but when you defend like that I will take it. This was a good team victory for us."
"They are getting used to playing with each other on the court. The biggest thing is they are learning to trust each other defensively. They are learning to trust that the other guys are going to be in the right spot."
"Brian was very good defensively," said Sanderson. "I thought he set the tone for us defensively. When he locks down everybody else locks down."
The Bisons and York each finished with 30 rebounds. Ard grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Jordan Foebel led York with six.
Three York players scored in double figures with Dan Eves leading with way with 15, half of the 30 he scored the night before in a loss to the University of Dayton. Rohan Steen added 13 and Foebel finished with 12.
Lipscomb guard Michael Lusk finished with nine points and four steals.
"Michael is a very, very good defender," said Sanderson. "He is becoming a stop defender."
Freshman Brandon Moore was a force on offense, blocking two shots.
"Brandon is an athletic kid," said Sanderson. "It's hard for a freshman to try to get in games, especially when he is playing behind Eddie Ard.
"He showed some flashes. He got a little more comfortable."
One player who continues to make strides is center Ryan Daniel, a transfer from Auburn University. He had five points and five rebounds against York.
"Ryan, especially early, rebounded the basketball and did some nice things," said Sanderson. "Ryan has been solid. He has to be able to finish plays around the basket a little bit better. He understands when to screen and who to screen. That is what I like."
The Bisons shot 46.4 percent (27-of-58) from the field and 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from the free throw line.
York shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field and 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from the freee throw line.
"All our pieces are getting better, which means our team is getting better," said Sanderson. "We have improved, especially on the defensive end. York beat Middle Tennessee State last year and were only beaten by Dayton by nine points. This was the best team we have played so far.
"I was pleased with our effort. We will continue to work and get even better."