LUCAS — Logan Niswander came out with the pistols blazing.
A 6-foot-2 swingman, Niswander scored 14 points in the first quarter and the Cubs remained unbeaten in Mid-Buckeye Conference play with a 69-54 win over Crestline on Friday at the Cub Cave.
Niswander scored Lucas’ first 10 points in less than two minutes to start the game. He connected on three consecutive 3-pointers in the span of 59 seconds as the Cubs built a quick 10-2 lead.
“All year I really haven’t been shooting that well,” Niswander said. “After I made the first one I was like … maybe today is a day I make some 3s.”
Lucas (10-3, 7-0) erupted for 28 first-quarter points and never looked back. The Cubs led 46-30 at the break and were never seriously threatened in the second half, although the Bulldogs (5-9, 2-5) made things interesting to start the third.
“We came out there and we hit everything we threw up,” Lucas coach Taylor Iceman said. “We’re capable of doing that and we’ve been waiting on that.
“If we shoot the ball like we’re capable of and play defense like we can, we’re pretty scary. … We still didn’t play very good defense even when we were shooting like that, then again you’ll take 28 points in a quarter any time.”
The Bulldogs stayed within striking distance thanks largely to Ty Clark. The physical senior forward scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half.
“Ty probably had a double-double for us. He and Max (Anatra) are leading our team,” first-year coach Tyler Sanders said. “Giving up 28 points in a quarter and 46 in the first half is inexcusable, but this is a resilient group of kids.”
The Bulldogs scored nine straight points to start the second half and cut the Lucas lead to 46-39 on an Anatra layup with 5:44 to play in the third. Crestline trimmed the deficit to 50-43 later in the period on a Spencer Harley bucket, but that is as close as the ’Dogs would get the rest of the evening.
“I told them in the locker room at halftime the first few minutes will define the whole second half,” Iceman said. “If you come out and play good defense and hit a couple shots, you’ll put them away.
“They started on an 8-0 run and then it was a game.”
Ethan Wallace backed Niswander with 15 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Jeb Grover came off the bench to add 14.
Kaden Ronk had 10 points for the Bulldogs. Anatra added nine.
Lucas visits Clear Fork on Saturday. Crestline is at Marion Elgin.