Dragons use depth to win Brick Tournament

Dragons use depth to win Brick Tournament

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Dragons use depth to win Brick Tournament

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Brick head coach Cara Lukosius has watched her Lady Dragons get off to an impressive start to this 2012-13 season. After winning the 2012 Roll with the Indians Tournament, the Dragons were just able to edge out Howell to win the 27th annual Brick Tournament on Saturday.

Brick finished the day with 3002 pins, Howell took second place with 2923 pins, Brick Memorial took third place with a 2,826, and Manchester finished at fourth place with 2811 pins.

For Lukosius its a different year but the same story for the Dragons who once again used their depth to their advantage.

“I’ve said this to you before, but I have five to seven girls who are equally as good as each other,” Lukosius said.

“They are really good together, it’s their consistency that leads to their success.”

With the fast start from the Dragons, Lukosius will look for ways to try and keep her kids competing at the level they are currently at.

“This is a really important time of the year, we are almost halfway through the season and they need to keep their focus,” Lukosius said.

It’s a simple formula that has worked so far for Lukosius and her Dragons, filling frames and just focusing on how everyone is bowling as a team.

“The strikes will always come, and if they continue to just do what they know, everything will just fall into place,” Lukosius added.

After a slow start, Lukosius was happy too see her team protect their home lanes with their third straight tournament victory.

“It’s nice to come out and win today, this team really finished strong in the last game,” Lukosius said.

Brick seniors Sydney Scelfo and Madison Lukosius knew they had to make up ground after the unusual slow start.

“There were a lot of ball changes early and we had to move our feet through out the tournament,” Lukosius said.

“We were definitely feeding off each other in the final game, we were all being loud, it was exciting for everyone,” Scelfo said.

Sayreville took first place on the boys side with a final pin count of 3252. Howell took second place with 3217 and Toms River North took third place with 3216.

Brick Memorial junior Bret Downs bowled a 300 in the second game of the tournament for the Mustangs.

For Downs he was beginning to feel the nerves in the fourth frame after this fourth straight strike. Luckily for Downs he began to calm down after he bowled his seventh straight strike.

“I knew I had a really good chance after that, and my team just kept on encouraging me the entire time,” Downs said.

It was those same teammates who were able to mob Downs after he striked out the 12th frame to give him the 300.

“It was really fun, we are kind of a weird gang, and we were all just excited and pushing each other around,” Downs said.

“It’s really special to do it here, it’s an honor and I never really expected anything like this today.”

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