The Lakewood boys split with Neuse Charter on Friday night with the varsity boys falling to the Cougars, but the junior varsity came out ahead.
The Leopard JV boys held on to win a very physical game against Neuse Charter on Friday night, 64-53.
The Leopards grabbed the lead from the beginning, ending the first quarter with a score of 14-8.
The Cougars did their best to keep up, but the Leps managed to keep the lead, ending the half at 36-27 and the third quarter, 47-37.
The head coach for Lakewood, Sylvester Pittman, said “ We came out and played very consistent from opening to the end. I was very proud of my team. Especially after the tough loss to James Kenan, so our kids came out and really executed well. We played hard for 4 quarters and we got the win, so I’m proud of them.”
Leading the scoring was Leopard Quamone Williams with 18 points. Close behind him was Keshan Bailey had 12 points, Nyquan Murphy scored 10 points, and Johnny Owens, 9 points. Also adding to the scoreboard was Nasiem Devane with 6 points; Zach Tanner with 5 points; Kobe Jackson had 3 points; Nasiem Devane with 6 points; Johnny Owens with 9 points; Zach Tanner with 5 points; Kobe Jackson had 3 points.
The Leopards are now 3-2 in the conference and 5-6 overall.
Lakewood’s varsity boys fought long and hard in Friday night’s game. It wasn’t just a battle between who had more skill or more shooting power, it was a fight over who would be the last man standing.
In the first quarter the teams were back and forth and up and down the court, but the Cougars managed to win that battle with a score of 10-17.
The Leopards fought back and managed to take a 1 point lead at the half, 28-27.
By the third quarter, emotions on both ends of the court were running high, and Neuse Charter took a slight lead going into the final quarter of the ballgame, 47-41.
The Leopards never gave up, but turnovers gave NC the edge and Lakewood just couldn’t get in front of the physical Cougars. The final score was 63-52.
Lakewood head coach Sylvester Pittman was happy with the defense his team played, but disappointed with the loss.
“We came out with a lot of intensity and had a great first half. We played great defense, but the second half wasn’t quite as contested. We made some costly turnovers and (Neuse Charter) took advantage of it. I think fatigue got us a little bit, too. We went very deep tonight into the bench so I think that caught up with us. Congratulations to Neuse Charter for getting a good win,” he stated.
The scoring for the Leopards was even, with Jabriel Cooper, Michael Smith, and MIke Graham each putting in 10 points apiece. Willie Herring added 9 points; Deshaun Wilson, 7; Austin Tanner, 4; and Tirek James, 2 points.
Lakewood is now 2-3 in the conference and 6- 7 over all. The team will travel into Wildcat country next Friday night.