Lebanon competes at MSU team camp

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Lebanon senior Ethan Christal looks to make a pass during a summer league game against the Aurora Houn’ Dawgs on Thursday morning at Missouri State team camp in Springfield.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Although it is just summer games, the Lebanon High School boys’ basketball team looked a little different at Missouri State team camp on Thursday.

After averaging 54 points per game in Bill Brown’s first year as head coach last season, the Yellowjackets came out running a brand new style of offense in the teams three games on Thursday after running more of a slow pace offense in 2018-19.

“We are trying to mix things up a little bit this year,” Brown mentioned. “Last year we were focused on putting in the foundation for our program, and I think we have that, now we are starting to move on.

“We are having the guards push it a lot more to get more scoring opportunities. They spent the entire year last season learning what was a good shot and a poor shot, now we are going to try and speed up the game a little bit and get the ball up the floor quicker and give Quenton (Shelton) and Ethan (Christal) a chance to use their athleticism and get the ball to the rack.”

Lebanon started the day off against the Aurora Houn’ Dawgs who are now coached by former Lebanon basketball coach Adam Thornhill.

From the tip, the ‘Jackets controlled most of the game and headed into halftime with a 29-16 lead, and won the contest 52-24.

Shelton led the way for LHS with a game-high 24 points while Christal chipped in 14 points. Senior Jordan Lewis scored six while Collin Higbee and Ty Matlock each added four points apiece. Bryson Crowell scored two points.

Lebanon would go on to lose their next two games to a Logan-Rogersville team that finished fourth in Missouri Class 4 in 2018-19 in a close game of 41-40, and perennial powerhouse Blue Valley Northwest (KS) in the final game.

The Huskies have won five state championships in the state of Kansas since 2013 and have produced multiple Division I basketball players under legendary head coach Ed Fritz.

“This camp will give me a good opportunity of watching them all playing together,” said Brown. “I’m not worried about winning or losing right now, but I want to see them handle a little pressure and stress.”

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