Lakewood’s Varsity boys held their ground in a 66-48 win against Union on Tuesday.
The game had fans on both sides of the court cheering, with stolen balls and blocked shots raining down. It came down to which team could get the ball to fall in the basket and the Leopards had the hot hands.
Lakewood led 31-14 at halftime, but the Spartans came back in the second half and matched them almost shot for shot, but it was too late.
For the Leopards, Mike Graham scored 16 points; Michael Smith had 15 points; Jabriel Cooper, 6 points; Austin Tanner, 6 points; Deshaun Wilson, 5 points; Willie Herring, 5; Deontre Newkirk with 5; Maurice Boone, 4 points; Rich had 4 points.
Lakewood head coach Sylvister Pittman said, “I thought we came out with a lot of intensity, and we got off to an early start. We really just heald on to the dear end.”
For Union, Brandon Lovett had a game-high 19 points; Maurice Robinson, 7 points; Dezmond Faison, 6 points; Cullen Cottle, 3 points; ; Christain Boykin had 3 points; Markus Kenan with 2 points; Cameron Carter had 2 ; and Jajuan Newkirk had 1 point.
Union head coach Tim Pope said his team never gave up and put forth a tremendous effort.
“They just scored the ball on us. We played hard, and we tried hard. We just have to put the ball in the basket,” he added.
The Spartans will host Hobbton on Friday. The Leopards will travel to Clinton on Thursday and then head into Raider Country on Friday.