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FAREWELL TO JUSTICE: Lyons superstar scores 44 in final game as C.G. Finney ousts Lions from postseason

After capturing his school’s 19th sectional title on Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena, Lyons senior Justice Smith and his teammates turned their attention to a run at a state title. Their first obstacle would be a showdown with a tough C.G. Finney team, the Section V Class C1 champs, at Newark High School on Monday night.

In front of a jam-packed gymnasium, the Lyons senior traded blows with C.G. Finney senior standout Keegan Ocorr and 8th grade phenom Markus Robinson. In the end, it was the C.G. Finney Falcons and head coach Joe Marchand who would capture a 92-88 victory and move on to face Cal-Mum in the Class C play-in game on Wednesday night at the Blue Cross Arena.

Lyons jumped out to an early 12-5 lead behind 2 first quarter three pointers from senior David Weaver but Finney would storm back to take a 21-19 lead after the first period.

They would extend the lead to 43-39 at the halftime break behind 17 first half points from both Markus Robinson and Finney senior Caleb Anger who buried 5 three pointers.

Finney would extend the lead to as much as 11 points in the second half. Lyons would close the gap to 1 point but Finney responded with buckets from Ocorr and Robinson to build the margin back to 8. Ocorr would go 6-8 from the free throw line in the final quarter to seal the win and put a close to the career of one of the all-time greats to ever wear a Lyons uniform.

Justice Smith would finish with 44 points finishing his career just 11 points short of the 2,000 mark. David Weaver scored 18 points on 4 three-pointers in his final game for the Lions. Sophomore Horace Betts IV finished with 9, junior Benji Kemp score 8 and senior Aaron Romero scored 4 points. Sophomore Justin Smith was held to a season-low 2 points.

For the Falcons, Keegan Ocorr scored 36 points, 27 in the second half, while 8th grader Markus Robinson tallied 29. Caleb Anger scored 24 points on 6 three-pointers before fouling out late in the game. The only other Falcons to score were Josh Taylor who had 2 points and Xavier Smith who hit a single free-throw.

For head coach Dean Schott II and his Lions, they end the season as Section V Class C2 Champions with an overall record of 21-3.

 

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