The Crestwood High School varsity boys basketball team scored the same number of points in both halves of its game with Lakewood on Friday at The Castle. However, the two halves couldn't have been more different.
The Knights trailed just 25-21 at …
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The Knights trailed just 25-21 at halftime, but had just six points through the first 12 minutes of the second half thanks to the Gators' defense. It was too little, way too late down the stretch as LHS went on to a 54-42 victory.
"I was very satisfied with the way we played defense in the second half," said Lakewood head coach Bryan Brown, whose team improved to 12-7 on the season and 3-0 in Region VI-4A. "We made an adjustment at halftime, going to a zone. We've relied on our defense all season and it came through for us tonight."
Just as the Gators remained undefeated in region play, so did the CHS girls. Crestwood pulled away in the second half for a 61-42 victory to improve to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in the region.
The LHS boys jumped out to an early 13-7 advantage only to see the Knights tie the game at 21-21. Lakewood scored the final four points of the first half to go up 25-21. CHS' Kwalek Jones actually scored the first points of the second half on a follow-up of a missed shot with 6:11 left in the third quarter. The next field goal for Crestwood wouldn't come until 3:25 remained in the game, making it 45-30.
"I told the team at halftime what they would be doing, coming with that matchup zone," said Knights head coach Tony Wilson, whose team fell to 4-14 and 0-4. "I told them to be patient and swing the ball until a good shot came up. Instead we started trying to go individually against it and force things.
"It didn't work well with us, but we're still learning things. I'm proud of the way we came out and played in the first half. We played really well on offense in the first half."
After CHS scored the first points of the second half, Lakewood would score 18 of the next 20 points. A slam dunk by Juwan Perdue off an alley oop pass on an inbounds play and a 3-point play by Terrell Houston began the momentum swing for LHS.
Houston led the Gators with 15 points. Perdue added nine and Jaron Richardson had eight.
Brown had a long meeting with his team following the game due to some issues prior to the game.
"It was nothing major, a violation of some team rules that needed to be taken care of," he said. "It changed the way we did some things during the game. We've taken care of it and now we just have to move on."
Jones led CHS with 11 points. Anthony Bradley had nine and Nazir Andino six.
In the girls contest, Crestwood led 27-21 at halftime. It scored 16 points in the third quarter, 10 coming from Destinee Jamison, to push the lead to 43-32 and go on to the win.
"We became a little bit more aggressive in the second half," said Lady Knights head coach Larry Crosby. "We had some foul trouble in the first half, and we weren't playing as aggressively as we can.
"Sometimes when I think we're taking a step forward, it seems we then take two back. We still have improvements to make, but the girls are working hard to get better. We'll have a hiccup, but I think we're moving toward being a better team, and we'll play our best basketball in the playoffs."
Jamison led CHS with 25 points. Jah'Che Whitfield had 14 and Sedajah Rembert six.
Ki'Ari Cain led the Lady Gators, 7-7 and 1-2, with 17 points. Rahteisha Burgess added 14.
"We hurt ourselves a lot tonight," said LHS head coach Demetress Adams-Ludd. "We missed 18 free throws and had 23 turnovers. It's hard to win when you're hurting yourself like that.
"That being said, Crestwood played well. You have to give them their due. They are an outstanding team."
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