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Crier Article: LS Exits Tournament

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 by Rob Perez
By Wilson Roberts/Sports Correspondent
Posted Feb 23, 2010 @ 05:09 PM

The journey to the state crown was short lived for the Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors boys basketball team, but it was fun while it lasted. L-S fell to Andover in the first round of the state tournament 78-61 on Monday night.
The score, however, was not indicative of the game.
The Warriors got out to a quick start in the game, getting fired up by an early three from Mitch Perez.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth brawl, however, and L-S came out of the quarter trailing by six.
In the second quarter, things did not get any better for the Warriors. The team saw its deficit continue to grow, reaching 13 points by halftime. The Warriors did not play poorly in the quarter; they were simply bogged down by unlucky calls and favorable momentum for Andover.
Dan Birtwell hit a huge fade away three as the shot clocked buzzed late in the second quarter. It was a play that pumped up the crowd.
Denny Cakert also played extremely well throughout the game, beating Andover's quickest players with spins and stutters. He also played magnificent defense in the game, putting plenty of pressure on Andover's point guard.
In the third quarter, the Warriors showed the fight and resilience that they are known for. Perez hit three threes, allowing the Warriors to cut the deficit to seven, following a layup by Birtwell at the buzzer.
Perez finished with 18 in the game. But it was not enough.
In the fourth quarter, despite the show put on Perez, Andover shot extremely well, putting the Warriors away.
``That's a good team,'' said head coach Pat Callahan. ``Very aggressive, very A-B-like. They played hard. It's a game we could have won but a couple of things didn't go our way.''
Added Cakert, ``They just outmanned us and played great defense all game long.''
It was a difficult end to the season, but the Warriors played hard and showed the state that they will be a team to reckon with next year.
Next week's article will wrap up this year, finishing the 2009-2010 season, and looking ahead to the 2010-2011 campaign.


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