Lukas Isaly Leads River Over Columbus Ready
River’s Lukas Isaly was all over the court. The 5’10” senior Pilot posted a triple-double with 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while adding four steals to lead the River Pilots to a 75-54 triumph over state-ranked Columbus Ready. The in boys basketball action happened Feb. 10, inside the Marietta College Fieldhouse.
“Lukas always seems to rise to the top against quality competition; he accepts the limelight and thrives in it,” stated River Head Coach Mark Romick. “The effort Lukas and his teammates put forth – taking charges, diving on the floor, etc. is what they are all about.”
In the opening stanza, both teams each scored nine markers with Isaly scoring six points, that included a three, a two, and a free throw. Replacement Tanner Brown finished the second half of the opening stanza when Isaly left the game because of blood on his uniform. Brown tallied a deuce and a free throw, while Columbus Ready’s Brady Thomas scored all nine of his team’s points in the opening stanza with a 9-9 deadlock after eight exciting minutes of non-stop high school boys basketball action.
The Pilots’ defense held Columbus Ready to only eight points in the second period, as the visitors’ Thomas exited the game with a leg injury, but quickly returned and was held to no points, as Isaly picked his pocket a few times in the period that led to easy Pilot points. Isaly matched the opening period’s numbers in the second, while John Murphy caught fire and sank 4-4 from the free throw line that helped the Pilots race out to a slim, 23-17 advantage at the break.
The River Pilots and the Columbus Ready boys treated the large capacity crowd to a show in the third period as both squads put up 41 points, with the Pilots scoring 22 of the points.
Isaly was starting to heat up from all over the court, as he scored 13 of the Pilots’ 22 points, that included two bonus bombs. Dillon Grimes followed with two baskets, while Stone Thompson brought the River crowd to its feet with a long three-pointer.
Columbus Ready, which was going to live or die by the three, as the Pilot defense would control the paint, managed four triples in their 19 points scored. Ready was 8-24 from beyond the arch, while the Pilots scored half of their 14 three-pointers attempted.
The fourth period was much the same as the third, but heavier with the Pilots outscoring Columbus, 30-18, as the two-state ranked teams combined for 89-points.
Isaly tallied 16 points before leaving with three minutes remaining, that included 7-8 free throws, as Ready just couldn’t stop the River Pilots star. Thompson added seven markers, while Murphy tacked on six points to lead the “Big Red Machine.”
“After our loss to Hiland, we refocused our effort on intensity and defense within the game,” Coach Romick said. “We talked about the little things within the game, and how important they are to overall success.
We told the kids, if we don’t learn anything from this loss, it’s our fault. Learn from it, apply it and improve.”
Thomas heated up for Ready, tallying 10, while Chance Dawson scored six to pace the Columbus crew. These two guys scored 43 of the team’s 54 points, while Isaly paced the Pilots with 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double.
Murphy followed with a dozen, while Thompson added 10 points. Grimes tallied four points, while Brown netted three markers, with Cody Hupp and Drew Dietz each adding a deuce. Carter Dennis scored a free throw for all the River scoring.
The River Pilots improved 18-1 overall on the season, while Columbus Ready fell to 16-3.
As a team, River shot just under 50 percent from the floor (23-43), including 7-14 from beyond the arch, while Columbus Ready was 20-49 that included 8-24 from long distance. Ready had 13 turnovers to 14 for the Pilots.
The Pilots will look to get back to the OVAC Class AA championship Saturday at 10 a.m., but must beat Toronto in the OVAC quarter-finals Tuesday inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium.
River Pilots Scalp Seminoles, 37-16
The River Pilots’ defense held the Monroe Seminoles to a pair of two-pointers and a free throw in the first half of action, while the Pilots tallied 18 points in a low-scoring affair Feb. 7 inside R.L. Potts Gymnasium. The Pilots went on to claim a 37-16 victory over their Monroe County foe.
Drew Dietz paced the Pilots in the scoring column in the first half, scoring two baskets in both frames, while Lukas Isaly nailed a pair of free throws in both periods to lead the way offensively.
In the third period, the Pilots defense was, again, a thorn in the Seminoles’ side, limiting the Seminoles to a deuce and three freebies at the charity stripe, while scoring three two-pointers in the fourth period.
Meanwhile Isaly scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half of action for the Pilots, with the team scoring 19 second half points.
Isaly scored a game-high 18 points, while Dietz followed with 10 to lead the Pilot scoring. Stone Thompson and Colton Lawrence each drilled a three pointer, while John Murphy sank a deuce, and Cody Hupp a free throw.
Zac Jones paced Monroe Central with nine points, while Ryan LoFollette scored the remaining seven Seminole points.