By Mark Altstaetter email@example.com
April 6, 2014
LIMA – Lima Express standout Kyle Meyer knows math.
The Columbus Grove and Ohio Northern product teaches math at Lima Senior.
In Sunday’s 135-127 victory over visiting Lake Michigan at Lima Central Catholic, Meyer looked like he was teaching statistics to the Admirals.
The 6-foot-6 Meyer was nearly automatic inside the paint Sunday, as he scored 34 points on 16-of-20 shooting. Meyer scored most of his points inside the lane. He also pulled down 11 rebounds.
Sunday’s game against Lake Michigan was Lima’s final one of the season. The Lima Express ended its inaugural season in the Premier Basketball League, 7-10.
Meyer has been able to balance his teaching career with playing the sport he really loves. However, he says it hasn’t been easy.
“Especially when we’re practicing 8-to-10 at night,” Meyer said. “I have a full-time job, working 8-3. It’s a long day and it takes a tear on your body. Now, we have a break. So I’ll rest my body and get ready for next year.”
Meyer also played on the first professional Lima team, the Lima Explosion.
The Lima Express had its ups and downs this season.
“It was a really fun year,” Meyer said. “We thought we were a lock for the playoffs, but we had some guys get hurt and some guys move overseas and things like that. I thought we finished well with a couple wins.”
Lima Express coach Mark Anderson said Meyer is very coachable and he displays a great deal of discipline.
“He’s fun to watch and he’s fun to coach. He never says a word at practice. He has all the camp moves, as I like to say. In practice, the guys know what’s coming and he still scores on them. The thing is, he’s very fundamental,” Anderson said.
Besides Meyer, former Lima Senior and Cameron University standout Willie Tisdale, poured in 25 points, dished out eight assists and had two steals at the defensive end on Sunday. The 5-9 Tisdale was 11-of-13 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
And like Meyer, Tisdale has played basketball for Lima’s two franchises.
Tisdale pointed to team chemistry as a key to this season.
“When we first started out, we were really good.” Tisdale said. “We lost a lot of guys going overseas (to play basketball) and also with injuries and what not. But, we came together and jelled as a team.”
Said Anderson about Tisdale, “Ever since we put him in the lineup when Derrick Stevens went down, he’s averaged double figures. He’s doing a great job and he’s one of the fan favorites. He’s a little bit undersized, but he’s taken advantage of his outside shot and quick moves.”
Also scoring in double figures for the Lima Express on Sunday were Bryant Austin (22), Anthony Pettaway (21), Kyle Gillette (11) and Antonio Tyree (10).
Lake Michigan had six players score in double figures, led by David Lewson’s 39 points. He poured in six 3-pointers, all in the first half.