Lackey boys now 5-0 af­ter blowout win over Patux­ent

Lackey boys im­prove to 5-0 with win over Patux­ent

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

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.

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