The Lakewood High School varsity boys basketball team put its blood, sweat and tears, literally, into a 47-36 win over crosstown rival Crestwood at The Castle on Friday on the Knights’ senior …
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The Lakewood High School varsity boys basketball team put its blood, sweat and tears, literally, into a 47-36 win over crosstown rival Crestwood at The Castle on Friday on the Knights’ senior night.
Gators senior forward Juwan Perdue had to leave the game with a nose bleed in the second half after scoring 12 points in the game. Senior guard Javonte’ Jones led the team with 15 points and junior guard/forward Quentin Hodge added 14.
“It’s always good to win against your rivals,” Lakewood head coach Bryan Brown said. “It was a tough first half; they slowed us down and were defending us early in the game. We made adjustments in the second half and were able to pull away.”
Senior shooting guard Antonieo Dukes led Crestwood with 10 points and senior shooting guard Dimone McKnight added nine.
“I’m proud of the way we didn’t quit and continued to work hard,” Crestwood head coach Tony Wilson said. “The difference in the game was good defense (by Lakewood). Lakewood has a lot seniors. Hopefully we’ll get a lot better with our young guys coming back.”
Lakewood had a 10-8 lead after the first quarter, but it would outscore Crestwood 9-2 in the second quarter to take a 19-10 lead into halftime.
The Gators would close out the third quarter on an 11-3 run to take a 39-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Knights would go on a 9-3 run to cut Lakewood’s lead to 45-33 with 2:20 to go in the game, but it would get no closer.
“I’m proud of Javonte’ Jones,” Brown said. “He gave us a lot of offense from the 3-point-line. He’s been consistent for us the second half of the season. I’m proud of our guys for executing in a rivalry game. It’s always a tough game.”
“Hats off to them,” Wilson said. “Leadership played a big difference tonight. We were right there but couldn’t capitalize on their mistakes.”
The win improved Lakewood’s overall record to 11-12 and finished 5-5 in Region IV-4A. Crestwood finished 4-19 overall and 0-10 in region play.
Lakewood will be playing at Westwood in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday.
“I’m excited about getting our game plan together,” Brown said. “They’re (Westwood) a talented team with a high winning mentality and quick guards. We’ll be prepared for the pressure they’re getting ready to put on us.”
The night wouldn’t be completely somber for Crestwood basketball as the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Gators 39-33.
“It’s gratifying,” Crestwood head coach Larry Crosby said of defeating Lakewood. “We were struggling after our loss to O-W (Orangeburg-Wilkinson); we laid an egg. When things were not going our way (against Lakewood), we were able to hustle and make plays when we needed to.”
Senior small forward Sedajah Rembert led Crestwood with 11 points, sophomore forward A’Yonna Young had 10 and senior power forward Monijah Lewis added eight.
Despite the loss, Lakewood girls head coach Demetress Adams-Ludd was proud of her team’s effort.
“We fought hard,” she said. “There’s more in us; as their coach, I try to squeeze every ounce of fight out of them. The last two minutes, we made bad decisions; we want to lock in every possession.”
Freshman point guard Stevye Sinkler led the Lady Gators with nine points, senior guard Lashala Harvin had seven and junior guard Treasure Smalls added six.
“I’m proud of my three seniors; (guard) Rahteshia Burgess, Lashala Harvin and (forward) Valencia Croom; for their contributions and sacrifices to the program” Adams-Ludd said. “They constantly work hard, are in the gym, have great work ethic and (they’ve learned about) not being satisfied with what you’ve done. (They’ve taught the younger girls to) embrace being a leader, don’t be afraid to be different and to be a leader on and off the court.”
Crestwood improved to 11-12 overall and 6-4 in region play with the win, while Lakewood fell to 8-13 on the season and 2-8 in region play.
Crestwood will be playing at South Pointe in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday.
“Hopefully we can keep the momentum and play our game,” Crosby said. “Anything can happen.”
Lakewood received an at-large bid and will play at Wilson on Tuesday.
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