A barrage of first-half 3-pointers leads UAA men's to comfortable hoops win

ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Colton Lauwers of UAA, left, takes a hard bump for a foul from Jawuan Lockhart of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Teancum Stafford of UAA launches a shot against Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Liam Gibcus, left, and Abebe Demissie of UAA, right, defend Anthony Berry of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Colton Lauwers of UAA, right, has the ball knocked loose by Lee Manley III of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Jalen Little of UAA splits Washington Adventist defenders during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Liam Gibcus of UAA, left, wrestles for position against Christian Morris of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Abebe Demissie of UAA flies to the hoop against Washington Adventist center Christian Morris during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Mike MacKelvie of UAA battles for a rebound against Washington Adventist defenders during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A loose ball is up for grabs between UAA and Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Guiressi Grimes of Washington Adventist is sandwiched by Christian Leckband, left, and Abebe Demissie of UAA during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Liam Gibcus of UAA goes up for a score against Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Colton Lauwers of UAA, left, takes a hard bump for a foul from Jawuan Lockhart of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Teancum Stafford of UAA launches a shot against Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Liam Gibcus, left, and Abebe Demissie of UAA, right, defend Anthony Berry of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Colton Lauwers of UAA, right, has the ball knocked loose by Lee Manley III of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Jalen Little of UAA splits Washington Adventist defenders during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Liam Gibcus of UAA, left, wrestles for position against Christian Morris of Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Abebe Demissie of UAA flies to the hoop against Washington Adventist center Christian Morris during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Mike MacKelvie of UAA battles for a rebound against Washington Adventist defenders during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A loose ball is up for grabs between UAA and Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Guiressi Grimes of Washington Adventist is sandwiched by Christian Leckband, left, and Abebe Demissie of UAA during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Liam Gibcus of UAA goes up for a score against Washington Adventist during first-half action Thursday evening Nov. 15, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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The UAA men’s basketball team possesses shooters aplenty, and Thursday it was Colton Lauwers who held the hottest hand for the Seawolves. 

The junior hit a game-high four 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 16 points and UAA rolled past Washington Adventist 71-58 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Lauwers hit three of his long-range shots in the first half as the Seawolves jumped out to an early lead in a game that was never competitive. 

“I felt good tonight warming up and I hit my first one and that kind of leads to the next one,”  Lauwers said. “I think it led to other people getting shots too.”

UAA (3-0) shot 46.5 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from the 3-point line. Three more Seawolves turned in double-digit scoring efforts, with Kyle Fossman draining all three of his attempts from beyond the arc on his way to 14 points, Abebe Demissie scoring 12 and Teancum Stafford notching 10. 

Washington Adventist (0-2), which will face UAA again Saturday, shot 29.7 percent from the field. Guiressi Grimes and Todd Harvey led the Shock with 12 points apiece, each hitting one of the team’s two 3-pointers. Joshua Adeyeye added 10 points.

Basketball is more than a shooting contest, however, and UAA still has a lot to work on to become a complete basketball team. 

“We shot the ball well enough early to get a lead and we had a few of our top five or six play the right way for a while and then once we got a lead we relaxed and they decided they wanted to play their way,” UAA coach Rusty Osborne said. “The last 12 or 13 minutes I let ’em play their way and I think the results speak for themselves.” 

The strong start for the Seawolves produced a 22-8 lead on a Fossman 3-pointer with 11:38 left in the opening half. UAA continued to shoot its way to a 41-21 halftime lead. 

The lead grew in the second half, reaching 28 points on a Lauwers 3-pointer with 15:51 to play. The Shock steadily chipped away at the deficit for the remainder, getting as close as 11, but never threatening to win.

“We’re not into just the end result,” Osborne said. “We’re more into the process and how we go about things. I’m not very satisfied with the way we performed tonight.”

Lauwers, a former Dimond High player, was a bright spot for the Seawolves, displaying confidence at the point guard position. Now in his second season with the team, his role is expanding.

“Last year I kinda started as the fourth guard and then I’d go in for Steve White at the point guard when he got tired,” Lauwers said. “This year I lost about 20 pounds and prepared for that point guard spot. Coach told me to prepare for it.”

Lauwers lost the weight and increased his fitness level by eating healthier in the offseason and running a lot, sometimes as far as eight miles. At 6-foot-3 and about 215 pounds, Lauwers still brings a bit of size to a position he’s played most of his life. 

“Last year, backing up Steve, I got to see how he handled this team,” Lauwers said. “It’s a different team this year. We gotta lot of new players and different athletes out there, so it’s gonna take us a few games for me to get to used them and them to get used to me.” 

 

Reach Jeremy Peters at jpeters@adn.com or 257-4335.

 

WASHINGTON ADVENTIST (58)— Manley 1-1 0-2 2, Morris 0-6 2-2 2, Adeyeye 5-14 0-0 10, Lockhart 2-5 4-4 8, Grimes 3-10, 5-6 12, Todd 3-11 5-8 12, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Meredith 3-10, 2-6 8, S. Berry 0-0 0-0 0, A. Berry 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 19-64, 18-28 58.

UAA (71) — Gibcus 2-4 0-0 4, MacKelvie 2-5 0-0 4, Lauwers 5-8 2-2 16, Stafford 4-9 2-2 10, Fossman 4-4 3-3 14, Leckband 0-2 0-0 0, Heard 1-2 0-2 2, Erickson 0-2 1-2 1, Little 1-4 6-6 8, Demissie 4-8 2-4 12, Spickerman 0-1 0-1 0. Totals: 23-49 16-22 71.

Three-point goals — Washington Adventist 2-12 (Grimes 1-1, Todd 1-5, Adeyeye 0-2, Lockhart 0-2, Meredith 0-2); UAA 9-22 (Lauwers 4-6, Fossman 3-3, Demissie 2-5, Erickson 0-2, Little 0-2, MacKelvie 0-1, Leckband 0-1). Total fouls — Washington Adventist 24, UAA 23. Fouled out — Washington Adventist: Grimes. UAA: Heard. Rebounds — Washington Adventist 40 (Grimes 6), UAA 38 (MacKelvie 5, Leckband 5). Assists — Washington Adventist 9 (3 with 2), UAA 20 (Lauwers 5). Turnovers — Washington Adventist 20 (Adeyeye 6, Grimes 6), UAA 25 (Little 5). Steals — Washington Adventist 15 (A. Berry 4), UAA 5 (MacKelvie 2). Blocks — Washington Adventist 3 (Grimes 3), UAA 9 (Spickerman 3). Officials — McNew, Leitch, Tovoli. A — 448.

Washington Adventist 21   37   —   58

UAA 41   30   —   71

 

 


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