Christal shines as ‘Jackets sting Zizzers

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon sophomore Ethan Christal (left) defends his man during a high school boys’ basketball game on Wednesday night in Boswell Auditorium. The ‘Jackets defeated the West Plains Zizzers, 82-73.


Coming into this season, Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill described sophomore Ethan Christal with this quote.

“Ethan is a fundamental guard who will be expected to contribute from day one,” Thornhill said. “Once he gets acclimated to the varsity level, I truly believe he could headline opposing teams scouting reports.”

In the last eight games for the ‘Jackets, Christal has averaged 15.5 points per game and has shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range this season, ranking top on the team.

On Wednesday night, Christal put together his best performance of the season, scoring a game-high 28 points, including 22 in the first half that helped lead Lebanon to a victory over the West Plains Zizzers, 82-73.

“He has been like this the past ten games or so,” Thornhill said of Christal. “I think he had one game in the Eldon tournament where he scored three points, but besides that, he is averaging around 18 points per game. He is playing well right now and playing with a lot of confidence.

“What a great first half he had (on Wednesday), and I thought his teammates did a good job of giving him an extra pass and I thought we played really connected as a team.”

Heading into the fourth quarter, the ‘Jackets led 67-59, but a run by the Zizzers late in the game would spark a little comeback late in the game and cut the score to 73-69, but a pair of Brady Hays free throws and a made basket by sophomore Quenton Shelton helped seal the game.

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