By Randy [email protected], Neb. (Aug. 18) – In front of the largest crowd ever at Off Road Speedway, national Mach-1 Sport Compact point leader Ramsey Meyer returned to his winning ways with a narrow victory over Parker Vollbrecht on Saturday night.After starting at the back of the field, the two held a race-long battle for the lead before Meyer secured his 10th win in 11 nights at Norfolk.Jeremy Hoskinson, won his second straight IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. The victory was his third locally of the season and concluded a 15-lap race affected by several cautions, including one that forced the repeat of a green-white-checkered finish in which Hoskinson held off Cameron Wilkinson at the finish line.Eric Haase battled Karl Brewer for the lead during the first dozen laps of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main before Brewer broke. On the ensuing restart, Robbie Thome took the lead coming out of turns three and four, then held it for the final eight laps to notch his second win of the season at Off Road Speedway.TeJay Mielke won his third consecutive IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, and fifth of the season at Off Road, by leading 15 of the 18 laps and pulling away from the field during a caution-free race.
The tryouts continue for the Lakers. Coach Mike D’Antoni kept mixing and matching, and then all of a sudden, it clicked.Trying to gain traction for most of three quarters Sunday night, the Lakers gave a little taste of what was to come late in the third quarter, then took off and ran away from Detroit in a 114-99 win at Staples Center.While Jordan Hill picked up career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds to build a foundation, the Lakers’ shooters then caught fire and buried the Pistons to end a two-game losing streak.It was Nick Young (19 points), it was Jodie Meeks (19 points), it was a little of Pau Gasol (12 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) and Wesley Johnson (13 points, two blocks) as the Lakers took over a game in which they had trailed by as many as nine points. “There were just so many guys who played well tonight,” D’Antoni said.And they did it with a little reunion of that bench mob that started the season so well.In the third quarter, the Lakers caught the Pistons three times but couldn’t pass them. Then in the final two minutes, Young hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Jordan Farmar closed the quarter with a baseline jumper, and the Lakers had a 79-71 lead.Then Hill took the court with reserves Xavier Henry, Young, Farmar and Sean Williams, and in fewer than two minutes, the lead was 14 points.The Lakers went on to shoot 62.5 percent in the final period. “It’s that group that was one of our best lineups,” D’Antoni said. “We finally kind of got back to it. I didn’t play Chris Kaman in the second half and that was kind of a casualty to it. I had to get back to the lineup that’s been best this year.”Hill, who worked his way into the starting lineup, also had a career-best 11 field goals and missed only four shots. “It’s his hustle, his energy, he’s put together some nice games,” D’Antoni said of Hill. “He’s just got to keep it right there, and he can. He’s got more confidence, more minutes, more everything.“He’s playing as hard as he can play, he’s got talent and he keeps getting better. His little jump hook is better. He hasn’t made his jump shot this year like he did last year … if he adds that like he already has, then yeah, I don’t see why he can’t do this. You never know. Anything close to this would be pretty doggone good.”Hill added five offensive rebounds in his 35 minutes.“We needed this,” he said. “We were on a losing streak and weren’t playing with a lot of energy lately. Tonight we did.“Everybody came out with a lot of energy. We don’t have Steve Nash or Kobe. But we have guys who know they need to step up. We’re all stepping up.”Almost lost in the shuffle was guard Steve Blake, who had nine points and a season-best 16 assists as he holds down the fort at point guard with Nash sidelined.And the Lakers (5-7) are improving as they all hold the fort until Kobe Bryant makes his return.“I think we’re getting better as a team,” D’Antoni said. “We have to play full out for 48 and then Kobe comes back and that identity changes. We just need to win as many as we can, get as good as we can.”With Meeks hitting 4 of his 7 3-point tries, the Lakers went 10 for 25 from distance. It all helped offset a pretty good shooting night from the Pistons (3-6).Guard Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 23 points and 14 assists. Josh Smith had 18 points and eight rebounds, and center Andre Drummond had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Greg Monroe had 17 points and Rodney Stucky came off the bench to score 16. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error