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Running and Stunning - NDCL presses way to 75-64 victory over Avon Lake

Alan Kornspan


Chardon- From the opening tip, the NDCL Lions were ready to run and play pressure defense as they hosted the Avon Lake Shoremen on Friday night.


This type of high octane offense and pressure defense that NDCL utilizes is known as the ‘Run and Stun’. 


In fact, this is the same style of basketball that NDCL Head Coach Pat Vuyancih learned when he was a player on the 1986 Cleveland State University basketball team that made an incredible run to the Sweet 16.


Utilizing the run and stun on Friday night, NDCL defeated Avon Lake, 75-64.


After the game, NDCL head coach Pat Vuyancih talked about the ‘Run and Stun’ style up tempo offense and pressure defense he utilizes with his team.


“That's a thing (the Run and Stun) that my old college coach Kevin Mackey believed in,” said Coach Vuyancih.


“All my coaches pressed and ran and I just think it's the best way for kids (to play the game).” 


Evan Dugger led NDCL with 24 points in victory over Avon Lake

(Alan Kornspan)


“It's a fun style of play and I believe in it 100 percent.”


Using this fast paced style of play, NDCL got out to an early 16-9 lead after one quarter.


In the second quarter, NDCL outscored Avon Lake 15-13 to take a 31-22 lead into halftime. 


In the first half, Avon Lake was led by Tyler Birk who had five points while Evan Dugger led NDCL with 12 first half points.


Tyler Birk had 10 points for the game

(Photo by Alan Kornspan)


In the second half, NDCL outscored Avon Lake 44-40 to get the victory.


Leading the Lions in the second half was Evan Dugger who added an additional 12 points.  


Avon Lake was led in the second half by Peyton Lerch who had 21 of his 25 points in the second half.


Peyton Lerch led all scorers with 25 points.

(Photo by Alan Kornspan)


For the game, both teams had four players in double figures.


Avon Lake was led by Peyton Lerch (25 points), Cameron Moore (11), Brandon Bromley (10), and Tyler Birk (10).


NDCL was led by Evan Dugger (24 points), Luke Keep (12), Connor Hernan (12), and Angelo Tamburrino (11).


Evan Dugger had four three pointers in the victory over Avon Lake.

(Photo by Alan Kornspan)


In the post-game interview, Dugger discussed NDCL's excellent play and trying to get a lot of players involved in the offense.

“We pressed the entire game, we try to pick up the pace and speed them up,” said Dugger.
“We have a lot of numbers and we try to get everyone involved.” 
“We scored 75 points and we can probably score even higher just by fixing a few little things.” 

NDCL next takes on Beachwood on Saturday afternoon, while Avon Lake returns to the court next Friday as they take on Berea-Midpark.





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