Boys basketball: No Lewis, no problem as GW storms past Logan
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The boys basketball sectional tournaments begin next week with teams hoping to be at full strength.
For George Washington, that won't be the case.
The Patriots lost starting guard Alex Lewis to a hand injury in Saturday's Mountain State Athletic Conference thirdplace game against Hurricane, and the injury will cost the junior the rest of the season.
While the injury is a tough blow to the Patriots, it didn't affect them on Tuesday night as George Washington celebrated Senior Night by easily defeating Logan by a 61-30 count in front of a crowd of about 300.
"We were up for Senior Night and everyone loves this group of seniors," GW Coach Rick Greene said. "It is a special night for these seniors. I think it was just our night. That's one of the best games and about as locked in as we have been all year."
Despite the lopsided victory, Greene is wary about the loss of Lewis.
"That hurts us," Greene said. "It's late in the year and it's timing and meshing as much as anything else. Everyone has injuries and nobody is going to feel sorry for us, and we're not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to adjust and move on."
Greene still has the MSAC Player of the Year at his disposal in Luke Eddy, and the senior point guard continued his solid season for the Patriots (17-4).
Eddy scored 20 of GW's 33 first-half points and finished with 24 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals against the Wildcats (7-14). He leads the MSAC in scoring at 26.5 points per game.
"I told the coaches during the game that they better take a deep breath and enjoy it because you don't get a player of Luke's caliber very often," Greene said. "He's a really great player."
Eddy knows losing Lewis hurts the Patriots, but indicated that his teammate still played an integral role in the victory in George Washington's first game without him.
"Alex made a big play tonight, though, because I left my shoes at the house and he gave me his shoes to wear," Eddy said. "He's still contributing.
"Losing him, though, is huge. We are already short on ball handlers and now we have lost another."
With most of the scoring load already on Eddy's shoulders, Greene doesn't expect his star to try and do too much even without Lewis.
"I think he always put pressure on himself," Greene said. "He wants to win so bad he will do whatever it takes to win. It's not selfishness. He trusts the guys. I think he is fine. And we have a nice balance."
Greene expects freshman Mark Glines (four points against Logan) and junior Cai Carena (six points, five rebounds) to be counted on even more with Lewis out.
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IT'S BEEN A tough week for Logan after Hall of Fame coach Willie Akers suffered a bad fall at the Charleston Civic Center last Wednesday and was rushed to CAMC General Hospital.
Logan Coach Mark Hatcher had some good news on Akers' condition.
"Coach Akers is doing great and we are expecting a full recovery," Hatcher said. "Last week was a rough one for us and our whole town has been on pins and needles. It was a big hit to us. But to see him make a strong recovery, we are very gracious for that."