LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Pioneers' men's basketball team defeated Piedmont College in game two of the 2013 Don Lane Classic. The Transylvania men were led by sophomore forward Parker Stansberry
who had a career night tallying a career record 37 points, complimented by a game leading 12 boards and two blocks.
This game was the second of a double header for the 2013 Don Lane classic and was the first game for the #3sforMax campaign as well as the first game Head Coach Brian Lane
got to coach on the court that has now been finished with his father, Don Lane's signature. "It is very humbling," remarked Coach Lane.
Coach Lane also joked about having the signature on the floor that "it came in handy when two players did not know where to stand and I had two reference points to tell them where to go."
The game started out in favor of the players of Piedmont College who hit three of four three pointers to start the game 13-9 in front of the Pioneers. Though these shots were sinking for Piedmont, they were also sinking for the Pioneers', who had both freshman guard Alex Jones
and Parker Stansberry
each with 4 points and a perfect 2-2 shooting percentage.
The storyline for most of the game continued to be who would make a run and pull away from the other team but the score remained close throughout the game until late when Transylvania momentarily pulled away and led by 13 with 2:54 to go, Piedmont fought back to make it a three point game with thirty seconds to go.
"We knew this would be a tough team with some good solid wins," said Coach Lane.
It was here that Stansberry had his most important points of the night through drawing a foul, sinking both free throws, and following it up with a crucial game-deciding defensive rebound to make the game out of reach for Piedmont. Once Stansberry controlled the ball he was fouled and again sank both free throws to add to his career high 37 points that included 3 of 6 shooting from three point range.
Coach Lane spoke about Stansberry's effect on the game: "he was a huge key to us getting a 5 point lead and we tell him he is a double-double guy and that games like this should be his goal."
Other key contributors for the Pioneers were freshmen guards Alex Jones
who scored 17 with 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and a game high 4 assists and Zach Caggins
who scored 10 points, and grabbed 7 rebounds. Also contributing well was freshman forward Robert Igo
who scored 11 points while going 5-5 from the floor and 1-1 from the free throw line in only 18 minutes of play.
The Pioneers will face Maryville in Wednesday night's championship finale of the 2013 Don Lane Classic at 7:00 p.m. at the Beck Center.