CORTLAND -In the 1993 video game "NBA Jam," the commentator would yell "He's on fire!" after a player hit three consecutive shots.
Fast forward 20 years later to Friday night's game pitting Girard against Lakeview. Girard's Dylan O'Hara had a performance that was reminiscent of a player putting up a video-game performance, particularly in the first quarter as he scored 16 of his game high 25 points to lead a fast-paced Girard offense to a 70-50 road victory.
O'Hara helped Girard build a 23-13 lead after the first quarter, which grew to 35-20 by halftime. As a team, Girard was 7 of 15 from behind the arc in the first half.
Girard coach Craig Hannon loved the intensity the Indians (5-2) displayed on both ends of the floor, especially in the first half as his team took a 35-20 lead into the locker room.
"They're playing hard, and we've been preaching that," Hannon said. "Dylan was hot for us early, which freed up some of our other guys."
While Girard controlled the majority of the game, Lakeview's Brandon Keller and Jake Rosowicz wouldn't allow the game to get out of hand in the third quarter. The two eventually finished with 17 and 12 points, respectively, but Girard's ability to spread the floor, attack the basket and make clutch free throws proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.
Hannon's short, but steady rotation kept his Indians fresh throughout the night.
"As far as our depth is concerned, we're only playing about seven guys right now," Hannon added. "We play fast in practice, so our kids are in shape and they're prepared to run the floor in our games."
While Lakeview (1-5) coach Craig Mild was unavailable for comment after the game, Hannon had some nice words to say about the program that he runs.
"One thing about Lakeview kids and Coach Mild's teams, they always play hard," Hannon said. "We're happy to come away with any road win in our league. This was one of those times where we were able to steal one on the road, which is big for us.
"It feels pretty good to come into an uncomfortable environment and perform the way we did tonight. That's something that we can build off of."
Girard's Tyler Gilmore scored 12 points, while Evan Standohar and Chaston Williams each scored nine. Jake Pishotti added nine points for Lakeview.