Charg­ers take down Wolvs

Lackey boys beat county ri­val for first time since 2010-11 season

Maryland Independent - - Sports - AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.”

PHOTO BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON

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.

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