The Rosewood Eagles traveled to Lakewood High School on Friday night to face off against the Leopards in JV basketball. The Leopards, thanks to a suffocating defense, held the Eagles to just 27 points to pick up their second straight win, 39-27.
The game started out slow for both teams with the Leopards and Eagles missing easy jumpers and unable to convert on turnovers that the defenses caused. Lakewood, however, found their way earlier than Rosewood did, but not before the first quarter ended with an uneventful 6-3 score.
The Leopards then found their touch, especially on the outside, as they knocked down three straight threes to go up 12-7. Yet, Rosewood fought back before the half ended and tightened the Lakewood lead to just three right before halftime, 18-15.
The second half favored Lakewood, as they continued to put pressure on the ball and forced the Eagles to commit costly turnovers. When the third quarter came to a close, Lakewood held a shaky 28-23 lead as Rosewood was still in striking range.
But Lakewood continued to roll in the fourth quarter, keeping the Eagles at bay and ultimately going on to win.
Lakewood head coach Sylvester Pittman said that he didn’t tell his team anything different after their loss two games ago to spark the winning streak, but that his boys are loosening up a bit.
“I think they have really bought into what we are trying to do,” Pittman stated. “They are really enjoying themselves and they’re more relaxed about playing.”
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