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Sudbury Patch Article: LS v Newton South

Posted Wednesday, January 05, 2011 by Website Admin

Sports

Key Late-Game Shooting Leads Lincoln-Sudbury Boys' Basketball Team Over Newton South

The Warriors, who led the entire game, beat the Lions, 73-53.

Lincoln-Sudbury head boys basketball coach Patrick Callahan asked for more confident shooting from his players going into the second half Tuesday night against Newton South.

Marquise Henderson and Mitch Perez responded.

The seniors hit crucial late-game shots to lead the Warriors to a 73-53 home victory.

"For some reason right now our team is feeling situational pressure and we have to fix that," said Callahan. "Every team schemes and knows about Mitch. With Marquise, teams can forget about what he can do."

With a 52-47 lead going into the fourth quarter, Henderson opened with a jumper followed by two straight 3-pointers. The eight points pulled the Warriors ahead 60-47.

The game, which the Warriors (5-2, 2-2 Dual County League Large) had at all times led, would never come within single digits again.

"Marquise is not asking for the ball," said Callahan. "When he finally asked for it and got his shots, he was a knock-down 3-point shooter."

A 3 by Perez and a dunk by John Swords (both seniors) helped increase the Warriors' lead to 20 points with a few minutes left.

"When we are winning and are up by five or 10, we are shooting so much easier," said Callahan. "We have to find a way, even when we are pressured, to be more loose."

The Lions' nine 3s proved their most effective tool. Newton South senior Matt Boris hit two 3-pointers to almost even the score late in the third quarter.

A fadeaway baseline shot and a jumper by Perez helped the Warriors maintain their lead going into the fourth quarter.

"Mitch is one of the best pure shooters in the state," said Callahan. "He has to work harder to get shots and has to have that looseness. When he is loose, he is great."

Newton South senior DJ Reid also hit a three 3s to end the first quarter down 19-17. Reid led the game with 19 points.

The senior's five 3-pointers, including one yards behind the line, were the most in the game.

"He is averaging 27 points in the last four games," said Newton South coach Joe Killilea. "He has got to lead us. He has got to shoot more, believe it or not."

The Warriors outscored the Lions 44-10 under the basket. The 7-foot Swords had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Cakert, who scored 10 points in the first quarter, finished with 17 points.

"In the first half, John was fading away from a guy who was 6-2," said Callahan. "At half time I said, 'John, you have to go hard to the basket.' He started doing that better."

"If you're 6-2 and the other guy is 7 feet, it is still no excuse for not boxing out," said Killilea.

Newton South fell to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in conference.

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