LUCAS — The night belonged to Logan Niswander and his Lucas Cubs.
Niswander scored his 1,000th career point and the Cubs remained undefeated with a resounding 70-54 win over state-ranked South Central inside the Cub Cave on Tuesday.
A 6-foot-4 senior forward, Niswander came into Tuesday’s action needing 21 points to become the seventh player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. The benchmark basket came just 16 seconds into the fourth quarter when Niswander grabbed his own miss and scored while being fouled on the outback. The conventional three-point play gave Niswander 1,002 career point and the Cubs (7-0) a comfortable 48-35 lead.
“It means a lot, but I’m not really thinking about that right now,” said Niswander, who finished with a game-high 27 points to give him 1,0006 career points. “Maybe if I break the career scoring (record) that would mean something, but right now I’m just trying to play some more basketball and win some more games.”
South Central (9-2) led 10-8 late in the opening period before Niswander ignited a game-changing 13-0 run bridging the first and second quarters. His layup with 46 seconds left in the first tied the game at 10-10 and his conventional three-point play with 5:38 remaining in the second quarter gave Lucas at 21-10 advantage.
“The second quarter is what killed us,” South Central coach Brett Seidel said. “We got outscored 26 to 12 in the second quarter and that’s the difference in the game.
“Our shot selection was awful and our shot selection led to run-outs for them.”
The Cubs took a 38-22 advantage to halftime and maintained a double-figure lead throughout the third quarter. South Central, which was ranked fifth in Division IV in the first Associated Press state poll released earlier in the week, cut the Lucas lead to 58-49 on a David Lamoreaux layup with 3:19 remaining in the fourth, but would get no closer.
“Regardless of what the rankings are, that’s a really good team,” Lucas coach Taylor Iceman said. “To go out there and get a statement win like that … that’s big.”
Niswander had plenty of help Tuesday night. Riley Gossom had 17 points, while Carson Hauger added 11 and Ethan Sauder chipped in with eight.
Simon Blair led South Central with 13 points. Lamoreaux added 10, while Isaiah Seidel had nine and Sam Seidel had eight.
After opening the season with nine straight wins, the Trojans lost for the second straight time. South Central fell at Division IV No. 1 Norwalk St. Paul 69-66 in overtime on Friday.
“That is a potential district match-up,” Hauger said. “They are a very tough team. That opened our eyes a little bit about. We have nothing but respect for them.”