Lackey boys hoops up­ended by Calvert

Big third quar­ter sparks Cava­liers to se­nior night win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­

When they ar­rived for Wed­nes­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer- ence cross­over game against vis­it­ing Lackey High School, the Calvert High boys bas­ket­ball team was hop­ing to ride the emo­tional lift of se­nior night to a mean­ing­ful tri­umph against the Charg­ers.

Calvert (13-8 over­all) may not have rock­eted out of the gate, but it broke open a tight game in the third quar­ter en route to a 77-64 vic­tory. The Cava- liers took a 12-point lead into the fourth quar­ter, ex­tended the mar­gin to 22 points with three min­utes re­main­ing and coasted by the Charg­ers (15-6) for a mean­ing­ful tally.

“On se­nior night, I knew the guys were go­ing to come out and play hard,” said Calvert head coach Jeremy Ku­rutz, whose team will play at Chop­ti­con in a con­test sched­uled for 1:15 p.m. Fri­day. “But what I was re­ally most pleased with tonight was how un­selfish they all played. We did a great job of shar­ing the bas­ket­ball and ev­ery­body had a chance to play and we had bal­anced scor­ing.”

Calvert se­niors Isa­iah Ridley, Les­ley Camp­bell, Des­mond Creek and Levi Buck all re­marked how im­por­tant se­nior night meant to them, es­pe­cially know­ing that they were fac­ing one of the top teams from Charles County and a po­ten­tial foe in the up­com­ing Class 2A South Re­gion tour­na­ment.

“This game meant a lot to me,” Camp­bell said. “We knew that we had to come out and play with a lot of in­ten­sity. We had only lost one home game all sea­son and we did not want to lose tonight, not on se­nior night. We were play­ing one of the top teams in our league, so we had to be ready to play.”

“We had never beaten Lackey in my two other years on the team, so tonight we had to get it done,” Ridley said. “We’ve been prac­tic­ing re­ally hard and we knew how good Lackey was. They’re a very good team. We might see them again in the play­offs, so we had to come out and show that we could play with them. That third quar­ter, we just put it all to­gether.”

Lackey head coach Sean Fox com­mended Calvert for play­ing with far more in­ten­sity than his squad, not­ing the Charg­ers would have to avoid flat out­ings in or­der to ad­vance in the re­gion play­offs. De­spite the set­back, Lackey should have one of the higher seeds in the re­gion tour­na­ment and could have two home games.

“We knew that on their se­nior night they were go­ing to come out and play with a lot of in­ten­sity and we just did not match their in­ten­sity in the sec­ond half,” Fox said. “We set­tled for too many out­side shots. Calvert did a good job mov­ing the bas­ket­ball and at­tack­ing the bas­ket. We needed to do a bet­ter job mov­ing the ball and driv­ing for shots. We made some shots late, but it was not enough.”

Calvert and Lackey were vir­tu­ally in­sep­a­ra­ble in the first half. Jonathan Weems hit a pair of three-point field goals on con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions to

give the Cava­liers an early 14-9 lead, but the Char- gers nar­rowed the gap to 16-14 when Rasheed Coo­ley com­pleted a con- ven­tional three-point play with six sec­onds left in the open­ing pe­riod.

Calvert forged its first dou­ble-digit lead of the night in the sec­ond quar- ter when a three-pointer by Creek sparked a 7-0 run for a 26-16 Cava­liers ad­van­tage. But Coo­ley hit a pair of three-point­ers over the last four min­utes of the half and Pierce Mc- Len­don added an­other one at the buzzer to bring the Charg­ers to within 3229 at the in­ter­mis­sion.

Lackey’s Ha­keem Ever- ett nailed a three-pointer to start the third quar­ter, but Calvert re­sponded with a 16-2 run that in­cluded a pair of three-point­ers from Ryan Rachic and an­other from Weems. The Charg­ers nar­rowed the deficit to sin­gle dig­its briefly in the third, but the Cava­liers’ Kaleb Har­ris and Buck pushed the lead to 56-44 head­ing to the fourth.

Calvert and Lackey traded buck­ets through the first two min­utes of the fourth quar­ter, but the Cava­liers gained a com­mand­ing lead when Weems scored the game’s next seven points for a 67-48 lead.

The Cavaiers pushed the lead to 71-49 later largely on free throws, but the points at the char­ity stripe en­abled them to eas­ily with­stand three be­lated three-point­ers from Jor­dan Carter.

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