LISBON FALLS – Jay forced 40 turnovers in Thursday night’s 60-24 smothering of Lisbon, but it wasn’t the turnovers the Tigers were emphasizing.

“It was good that we could cause those turnovers, but the big thing was, we converted them (into points),” Jay coach Edwin Thompson said. “We’ve been causing some turnovers lately. We just haven’t been able to convert.”

The Tigers (2-3) converted a close conference tilt into a blowout with a 26-point second quarter.

Their full-court press caused many of the Greyhounds’ miscues, and points off of those turnovers were plentiful.

They also held Lisbon to 20 percent shooting from the field, and while the Tigers’ accuracy was only slightly better (33 percent), they pounded the offensive glass (25 offensive rebounds) to create second-chance points.

“Today was a good day to get some confidence,” Thompson said. “The way we’ve played, I’ve been waiting for them to show us that we’re capable of doing that kind of stuff.”

The Greyhounds (0-4) were without junior point guard Kyle Neagle, who broke his nose Wednesday.

“That’s a big mishap, and then our two middle guys at the halfcourt didn’t flash,” Lisbon coach Tim Meyer said. “As soon as we started doing that, we broke (the press), but then they’d play good defense and we’d break down by turning it over.”

A Zach Moan 3-pointer pulled Lisbon within 14-9 early in the second quarter, but a spate of turnovers fueled an 18-4 Jay run to close the half. Isaac LeBlanc converted a three-point play and Trevor McCourt scored a layup off back-to-back turnovers to make it 21-9.

Tim Roy (six points, eight rebounds) scored a pair of hoops to keep Lisbon in the game momentarily, but Austin Clark and Matthew Schmidt turned another pair of turnovers into layups and Zane Armandi (10 points) added a bucket off a Clark steal to give the Tigers a 34-13 lead at halftime.

Jamison Turner (four steals), Nick Bourassa and LeBlanc (three steals each) had big nights defensively for the Tigers. Clark, a freshman, finished with game-highs with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.

“He played well. We want consistency from him. Any you player we want consistency,” Thompson said. “It was good to see him get that confidence. He’s been kind of up and down as a freshman will be at times, but he played well tonight.”


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