Lambert’s boys basketball team played a mostly even game with Region 5-7A leader Milton on Tuesday night, but a lopsided second quarter ultimately proved to be the difference, with the Eagles going on a 24-3 run to end the first half, leading to a 84-68 Lambert defeat.
With the loss, the Longhorns dropped to 14-8 overall and 4-3 in region play.
“We battled,” Lambert boys coach Scott Bracco said. “I feel like the guys played hard. We didn't make as many shots as we had hoped, but the guys played with energy. I felt like we played as hard as we needed to play. We've just got to be a little bit more disciplined on the defensive end.”
Colin Granger, who led the Longhorns with 20 points and 15 rebounds, started his team off well in the first quarter with three buckets in the first few minutes. Will Baker hit two of his four 3-pointers in the opening period as well.
The second of Baker's shots narrowed the early deficit to one, and with 2:48 left in the first, Granger connected again to give the Longhorns a 16-15 lead.
That edge didn't last long, though, and even after Baker made his third 3-pointer, Milton led 21-17 after one.
The two teams continued to trade blows as halftime approached, but Lambert got into foul trouble late in the second, forcing Bracco to sit half of his starting lineup while the Eagles rattled off points. Milton's double-digit run was interrupted by a James Tyre three, but by the end of the first half, Lambert was staring at a 43-29 deficit.
"We had three guys sitting on the bench, three starters, and they were able to have their entire lineup out," Bracco said. "Outside of being in foul trouble, I thought we played a great game."
Lambert played catch-up for the rest of the contest, to no avail. Even with the Longhorns only being outscored by two points in the second half, it was not nearly enough to salvage a win.
Baker and Tyre ended their nights with 14 and 15 points, respectively. Jackson Greene played well defensively, with 10 rebounds and six blocks to go along with seven points. Granger scored his 1,000th career point with a three early in the third.
"They've got some really good guards," Bracco said. "We've just got to get back to work and put this game behind us and focus on the next one."