Wolfpack powers past Leopards in Endowment game
Ruthie Pope Sports Writer
Lakewood hosted Whiteville in an Endowment game on Wednesday, and lost to the Wolfpack, 38-66.
Whiteville’s full-court press was more than the Leopards could handle at the start of the game, forcing them to make bad passes and miss shots. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 7-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
As the clock was winding down to the half, Whiteville got six more easy points when Lakewood couldn’t get the ball past the half-court mark. They scored 21 points to the Leopards 6 in the second quarter. All 6 of those points were made by Deshaun Wilson. At intermission, the score was 13-40.
With the start of the 3rd quarter, the Leopards came out energized and put the pressure on the Wolfpack, scoring 2 baskets in the first 10 seconds. Michal Smith pulled down the defensive rebounds to keep the ball in Lakewood’s end of the court. The Leopards went on a 10-0 run in the first 3 minutes of the 3rd quarter.
By the end of the 3rd quarter, the Leopards went on a 20 to 15 point tear to move the score to 33-55 going into the final quarter. That didn’t last, as Lakewood only scored 5 more points to the Wolfpack’s 11 to end the game at 38-66.
“Coming off our win last night (Tuesday) against Union, we felt really good, but it may have tired us out some. Hat’s off to Whiteville. They are good team and very agressive. We were able to handle them for a while, but we got tired,” Lakewood head coach Sylvester Pittman explained.
“We didn’t handle their full-court pressure very well and they got some easy baskets. Although in the second half, our pressure seemed to get to them and we cut their 20 point lead down to 12, but we weren’t able to keep up that intensity. I’m proud of the kids for their effort, but they need to play smarter. We’ll see a better day,” Coach Pittman added.
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