Lackey boys now 5-0 after blowout win over Patuxent
Lackey boys improve to 5-0 with win over Patuxent
Whenever Patuxent went man-to-man on defense, the Lackey boys basketball team looked to penetrate off the dribble. And when the Chargers saw a zone, they constantly ran shooters off of screens and attacked the gaps.
For four quarters in Lackey’s 89-28 victory over the Panthers on Wednesday night in Indian Head, the Chargers built an advantage on crisp team basketball, making the extra pass and sharing the wealth.
Lackey scored 45 firsthalf points en route to the runaway victory in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference nondivision matchup to stay undefeated.
The 61-point blowout by Lackey (5-0 overall), which is defeating opponents by an average of 20.8 points per contest, de- livered the biggest margin of victory for the team this season.
The Lackey bench con- tributed with 40 points on the night.
The Chargers were rid- ing high off a 62-51 win on Monday over defending Class 3A Region champi- on and SMAC runner-up Huntingtown, so keeping the momentum was key.
“We had big win on Monday against Hunting- town and we just wanted to carry that energy over to tonight and have no letdown, and that’s what we preach to the guys,” said Lackey head coach Sean Fox, whose team nailed 12 three-pointers in the game. “Every guy that got in competed and that is what you get when all 11 guys are ready at all times.”
Lackey senior guard Ha- keem Everett, a returning starter from a year ago, led all scorers with 22 points, scoring 14 in the second half, which included knocking down four of his five three-pointers.
“Overall, it was a great win and we executed well. We are on a mission to make noise in SMAC and play our game,” Everett said. “We are playing unselfish and our point guard is attacking the gaps and finding others for the open shot.”
Also leading the Char- gers in the scoring depart- ment was senior returning starting guard Vincent Parker with 12 points, while junior Jordan Carter came off the bench and also added 12. Senior for- ward Pierce McLendon finished with 11 in the win.
“Today we won with teamwork and our point guard Dishon [Blake] set the tone for creating opportunities for us to score,” Parker said. “The coaches have been working us hard in practice and it has shown in the games.”
“We have guys that ar- en’t worried about themselves. They are passing the ball to the open man and playing unselfishly,” Fox said. “This year we have seven seniors that provide leadership and have been with the program for three or four years and that has been a big part of our success.”
Lackey surged out to a 20-5 lead in the first quar- ter and had a command- ing 45-13 advantage at halftime.
Patuxent (1-4) was led by junior guard Brendan West with nine points in the losing effort.
After losing a huge chunk of its scoring from a year ago, Patuxent is looking to turn the corner despite its early season struggles.
“We missed a lot of layups and had a lot of turnovers and we are going to have to fix that when we watch film,” Patuxent head coach Nick Wilson said. “Lackey can shoot the heck out of the ball. It hurts when you go zone and they knock down shots and you go man and they run off of screens. It just makes it tough because they have a lot of threats.”
Lackey is scheduled to visit Great Mills at 6:30 tonight in a rematch of Dec. 9 meeting in Indian Head that saw Chargers squeak past the Hornets, 54-51.
Patuxent is scheduled to host Thomas Stone at 6 tonight.
Lackey senior guard Hakeem Everett goes up for two of his gamehigh 22 points in a 89-28 victory over the visiting Patuxent Panthers in a nondivision boys basketball contest on Wednesday night in Indian Head.