Chargers take down Wolvs
Lackey boys beat county rival for first time since 2010-11 season
Despite missing all five of its starters due to a onegame suspension, the Westlake boys basketball team had Lackey right where it wanted in Friday night’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division contest.
After getting off to a slow start in the first quarter and early in the second, Westlake trailed by just three points at halftime, but it had Lackey on the ropes with a three-point lead midway in the third.
With Lackey leading by seven points to begin the fourth, Westlake made one final surge in the final 2 minutes of regulation, coming to within one point, but the Chargers ended the game on a 9-5 run en route to a 56-51 victor y.
For Lackey it was the first win over Westlake since the 2010-11 season. It will face Westlake again at home in another division contest scheduled for Feb. 8.
The Chargers and head coach Sean Fox were happy to grind out the road win despite facing a deplet- ed Westlake roster that fea- tured reserves and seven players who were brought up from junior varsity.
In a Jan. 11 66-23 victory over Patuxent, a group of Westlake players — all five normal starters who were sent to the bench early due to the lopsided score — left the bench after an altercation due to a foul on a play. As a result, the play- ers received a one-game suspension and therefore did not play in Friday night’s game.
“We knew regardless that it wasn’t going to be easy. We are in their gym on Friday night and they have a great program. It has been a long time since we beat them, so it was a huge win for us,” Fox said. “We went to a small- er lineup to match up with Westlake and we dug in on the defensive end and got some key rebounds.”
Lackey (10-2, 3-1 SMAC Potomac), which has won three out of its last four games during the month of January, jumped out to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter and led by as many as 16 points with 5 minutes left in the second.
However with scrappy defense and points inside, the Wolverines ended the half on a 17-4 run to cut the Lackey lead to 32-29 at halftime. Westlake out- scored Lackey 19-10 in the second.
“We had to start five guys that hadn’t got a lot of playing time all year and they had to be ready to play tonight,” Westlake head coach Edward Mouton Sr. said. “We were a little nervous at the beginning, but once we relaxed we started playing Westlake basketball. “You can’t worry about what you don’t have. You have to keep on playing. We made some adjustments and went box-and-one No. 11 [Hakeem Everett] and our guys produced we just came up short.”
The third quarter was a seesaw battle as Lackey took a 36-30 lead at the 6:57 mark, but Westlake responded with a 9-0 run to go on top 39-36.
Lackey tied the game at 39 on a three-pointer by senior guard Vincent Parker that helped spur an 11-4 run that gave it a 47-43 lead after three quarters.
Trailing Lackey 52-45 to start the fourth, the Wol- verines went on a 6-0 spurt to come to within one point with 1:40 left in the game.
Lackey went on an 8-2 run to go up 60-53 with un- der 30 seconds left to help secure the win.
Lackey had four players in double figures, as Des- tin Ingram finished with a team-high 15 points, Everett, Vincent Parker and Rasheed Cooley each finished with 12 points to balance out the scoring.
“This is big because we haven’t beat Westlake for the four years that I’ve been here,” Parker said. “To be on a team to finally beat them is very good. We kept working hard and playing as a team and pulled it out.”
Westlake were led by junior forward Jaimon Cheek with a game-high 26 points, scoring 15 in the first half as he was a force inside.
“The coaches just told us to attack the basket and get out on their shooters,” said Cheek in his first season on varsity. “I just want to finish at the rim and stay aggressive.”
Lackey senior guard Vincent Parker goes up for a layup in Friday night’s 61-56 victory over host Westlake in a SMAC Potomac Division boys basketball contest. Parker was one of three players to score 12 points in the contest, while also nailing two of the team’s four threes in the game.