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L-S boys basketball hitting its stride

By Alex Greenberg/Sports Correspondent
Posted Jan 11, 2011 @ 03:34 PM

The Lincoln-Sudbury varsity boys basketball team seems to be hitting its stride as the Warriors improved to 6-2 on the season.
L-S won both its games last week, beating Newton South at home on Tuesday, Jan. 4 and Concord-Carlisle on the road on Friday.
L-S came into the week trying to avoid its first loss of the season to a team other than the Westford Academy Grey Ghosts. Each of the Warriors' opponents last week put up a fight, but in the end L-S had two more blowout victories on its resume.
The Newton South Lions had L-S on the ropes for much of the first half. The Lions were hitting 3-pointer after 3-pointer against the L-S zone. The Lions ability to knock down the outside shot along with some stiff defense, gave South the lead in the first half. It even looked like the game might get out of hand at some points for the Warriors on both sides of the ball.
However, L-S never fell behind by too much. Seniors Denny Cakert and Brandon Donald were key in keeping the Warriors in the game. Cakert created some great flow while successfully orchestrating the Warriors offense in the second quarter. Donald was a spark coming off the bench on defense and in transition. The Warriors were lucky to be up 35-29 after a sloppy first half of play.
The second half was some of the best basketball L-S has played all season. This time it was seniors John Swords and Marquis Henderson leading the way for the Warriors. Swords 10 second-half points, most of them were a direct result of his domination on the offensive glass. Henderson had 11 points down the stretch, including two back to back 3-pointers to ultimately tame the Lions.
Henderson's impact was immediate and at the right time. Fresh off the bench, Henderson entered the game at a time when the Lions looked like they might be clawing back into the game. ``Quis'' made sure he secured an L-S victory. After the game the star senior gave credit where credit was due.
``Coach told me to hit the big shot and bring some energy to our offense,'' Henderson said. ``All our hard work in practice paid off when I took those shots.''
In the end the Warriors won 73-53.
L-S spent the rest of the week preparing for its upcoming game against the Concord-Carlisle Patriots.
On Friday night, L-S entered a hostile environment. The Concord-Carlisle gym was packed with screaming C-C students, all rooting for a Patriots victory. It's a shame they would be so disappointed with the game's outcome.
L-S struggled through the first quarter as the Patriots were knocking down their 3-point shots. Luckily for the Warriors, they had their own hot shooter from downtown. Senior Mitchell Perez caught fire in the first quarter, hitting three 3-pointers. His first quarter performance would be a sign of things to come.
Perez never cooled down and was a key part in helping the Warriors pull away in the second quarter. The sharp-shooting senior had another nine points in the second quarter, helping the Warriors break out to a 36-24 halftime lead.
The second half saw the rest of the L-S offense catch up to Perez in terms of the amount of shots hit from the field. Cakert had one string in the third quarter where it seemed he was hitting lay up after lay up. Cakert was doing what he does best, using his superb ball-handling abilities to set up shots for himself, and his teammates.
When all was said and done, Perez had a game-high 26 points, including five 3-pointers. After the game he was quick to pass on the credit to his team.
``My team was what made me effective tonight,'' said Perez. ``To beat their zone we got the ball into John and he did a good job swinging it out. Today that got me shots but those were all because of my teammates.''
This week the Warriors stay at home where they will play Bedford and Waltham on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. Lincoln-Sudbury's goal this week is to earn two more victories over DCL opponents. That goal is definitely attainable, especially if Henderson and Perez continue hitting every shot they take.

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