By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic boys basketball coach Tim Gleason knows the wins will come.
At the same time, that doesn’t make losing any more enjoyable.
The Cavaliers dropped to 1-7 with a 59-48 loss to Catholic Central Tuesday in a makeup game at Lehman.
“We are a young team,” Gleason said. “And we are growing through some growing pains.”
And Gleason had no trouble defining the probablem in Tuesday’s game.
“We missed so many easy shots and bunnies,” Gleason said. “We had a lot of great looks and just weren’t able to finish. We have to be able to finish on those opportunities.”
The Cavaliers also had double digit turnovers again.
“We had some bad turnovers that hurt us,” Gleason said. “Dylan Arnold and Kam Lee — they did a great job finishing. But, they didn’t shoot their jump shots as well as they do. It is just a matter of putting everything together.”
Lehman got into an early 8-2 deficit, with Cosmas Catanzaro scoring the first six points and Trey Dunn adding two. The Cavaliers would battle like they always do, but never lead in the game.
“The kids played hard for four quarters, they always do,” Gleason said. “I can’t fault the effort.”
Later in the first half, Lehman had a 6-1 run to get within 27-23.
Elliott Gilardi hit two free throws, Dylan Arnold scored off a Jared Magoteaux assist and Magoteaux added a basket with 30 seconds to go in the half.
Jacob Woeber scored just before the buzzer for the Irish to make it 29-23 at the break.
“That was a nice run,” Gleason said. “We were happy with that.”
The Cavaliers were still trailing 35-29 late in the third when an intentional foul call led to a four-point possession and a 39-29 Irish lead going to the fourth quarter.Dominic DeWitt hit two free throws with 30 seconds to go in the quarter. The Irish held for the last shot after the inbounds and Catanzaro scored at the buzzer.
“Not much you can do about that,” Gleason said.
Lehman got as close as 42-36 with 4:34 to play when Arnold scored off a Kameron Lee assist.
But, the Irish pulled away from there, despite two threes by Arnold down the stretch.
DeWitt and Catanzaro had their way in the paint.
DeWitt had 10 points and eight rebounds, while Catanzaro had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Dunn added 10 points and seven rebounds.
“A lot of those baskets came in transition when we were pressing,” Gleason said. “That is going to happen. But, what you have to do is finish when you get steals and have opportunities and we didn’t do that.”
Arnold had 23 points for Lehman, while Lee had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Lehman was 20 of 53 from the floor for 38 percent and four of six from the line for 67 percent.
Catholic Central was 24 of 47 from the floor for 51 percent and just 10 of 18 from the line for 56 percent.
The Irish won the battle of the boards 33-28 and had 12 turnover to Lehman’s 13.
Lehman will travel to Waynesfield-Goshen Friday, before hosting Houston Saturday.
“We feel like those games are both good matchups for us,” Gleason said.
Which he hopes will lead to a couple wins.
Catholic Central (59)
Trey Dunn 3-4-10, Thomas Kavanaugh 1-0-2, Sabien Doolittle 4-0-9, Dominic DeWitt 7-5-19, Cosmas Catanzaro 8-0-16, Jacob Woeber 1-1-3, Deece Catanzaro 0-0-0, Colin Kelly 0-0-0. Totals: 24-1-59.
Lehman Catholic (48)
Elliott Gilardi 0-2-2, Jared Magoteaux 2-0-4, Preston Rodgers 2-0-4, Dylan Arnold 9-2-23, Kameron Lee 7-0-15, Logan Richard 0-0-0, Braiden Sherman 0-0-0, Jared Rourke 0-0-0, Seth Sargent 0-0-0, Bryce Kennedy 0-0-0. Totals: 20-4-48.
3-point field goals — Catholic Central: Doolittle. Lehman: Arnold (3), Lee.
Score By Quarters
Catholic Central 15 29 39 59
Lehman 7 23 29 48
Records: Lehman Catholic 1-7.
Reserve score: Lehman 39, Catholic Central 34.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.