Livingston and Peoria Fall

After rolling through each of the last 40 opponents en route to garnering a lofty #5 ranking, the Peoria Central Lions finally dropped a game. By limiting future Blue Devil Shaun Livingston to a rough night from the field that included 5-of-16 shooting for 11 points and seven assists, Pike High beat Peoria 57-50.

The game plan for Pike was simple: Stop Livingston from penetrating and force Peoria to beat them from the perimeter. It worked as the Red Devils sent constant double teams and help defense at Livingston, taking away his ability to drive and create while forcing him to settle for perimeter jumpers.

Those perimeter shots, which are considered one of his game's weaknesses, weren't falling as the 6-foot-7 floor general went 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. Eventually the Lions became so frustrated with the Red Devils' defense, a 3-2 zone, that they held the ball for nearly two minutes late in the fourth quarter, forcing Pike into the man-to-man with less than two minutes remaining.

Still the Lions were so far into an offensive funk that there was no coming back as Pike hit key free throws to hold on for the seven point victory.

Livingston finished the game with 11 points, seven assists, and three steals while committing only one turnover despite the constant defensive pressure.

As a team Peoria converted 21-of-55 from the field (.382), and 4-of-18 from the perimeter (.222).


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