Lakewood Varsity boys had it out with the Rosewood Eagles on Friday. What seemed like an almost easy win for the Eagles came to a halt as the Leopards sprang to life in the last quarter.
Regulation ended with a score of 54-all. The Leopards eventually won the game, 74-65, after ending with two 4-minute overtimes.
In the first quarter, Rosewood held the lead 6-10, and moved ahead by 8 with a score of 12-20.
The Leopards maintained the margin going into the final quarter with a score of 31-38. It seemed to be almost over for the Leopards as the game neared its end until the Leopard boys sank some key shots that set a fire in the boys and the crowd.
With 28 seconds left in the final quarter, the score was at 54-53, in Lakewood’s favor. A foul shot made by the Eagles brought the game to a tie. This brought out the first over-time.
The two teams went at it with a vengeance and again time ran out with the score all knotted up at 61-all.
By this time the crowd on both sides the court were on their feet and the suspense grew with every tick of the clock.
With 2 minutes left in the 2nd overtime, the score was at 65-61 with the Leopards holding the lead. Lakewood did not disappoint, holding on to the lead until the very end. They won score of 74-65.
A relieved and happy Lakewood head coach Sylvester Pittman credited late game free throws and good execution for the win.
“I thought we came out real sluggish. In the second half they got a little bit up, and we just held on. We were able to make it in double over time. The really executed to keep us in the ball game, and we got a couple breaks here and there to tie it up. Basic free throws in the last over time helped us win it, too,” he explained.
Deshaun Wilson had a fantastic 29 points. Rounding out the scoring was Willie Herring with 12; Michael Smith, 11 points; and Shyheim Rich, 10 points. Other scorers for the Leopards were Mike Graham with 6 points; Pierre Clar, 2 and Deontre, 2 points.
Lakewood is now sporting a 2-1 record in the conference and 5-6 overall. They well be at James Kenan on Tuesday.