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Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Website Admin
 

Impressive stretch for L-S boys basketball


By Alex Greenberg/Sports Correspondent
Posted Jan 18, 2011 @ 02:42 PM
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The Lincoln-Sudbury boys basketball team is coming off two of its most impressive wins of the season.
Last week the Warriors beat Bedford and Waltham. Both games were dominated by L-S as the Warriors seem to be hitting their midseason stride.
The Warriors' offense carried them to a 66-47 victory over the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Jan. 11 with some bench players playing a big part in the double-digit win. Senior Marquis Henderson and junior Ben Lawhorn came off the bench to score 11 and nine points, respectively. These contributions were key in a game where the Warriors defense struggled at times.
It was a hard-fought game with a lot of tension between the two teams. Small skirmishes and some trash-talking only inspired the Warriors more on their path to victory.
The big win over Bedford definitely gave the Warriors a boost in confidence as it added to their recent string of blowout victories.
L-S looked to continue that string of blowouts against Waltham. It was a good sign early that the Warriors came out firing right from the start. Great defense led to great offense for L-S as it scored 14 points in the first quarter, while holding the Hawks to two points.
The Waltham offense was stagnant against the high-intensity Warrior defense.
L-S's defensive performance was very similar to its first game of the season against Weston. In that game the Warriors high intensity helped them hold the Wildcats to a scoreless second quarter.
Senior Mitch Perez complimented the L-S defense well by knocking down some big shots in transition. It appeared as if Perez was incapable of missing a shot as he scored 23 points, including three 3-pointers.
Coach Pat Callahan's crew went on to an impressive 63-28 win. After the game, Callahan was quick to say that the Warriors still had work to do.
``At this point in the season we're OK,'' Callahan said. ``The good news is we are improving, even though some of our games are still up and down. We still need to nail down our transition offense, we are slow when we are not in transition.''
The Warriors have two more home games this week as they face rival Acton-Boxborough on Tuesday and Boston Latin on Friday.
Intensity should be high on Tuesday when the Warriors face A-B, a team that inspires any L-S sports team to do its best. A packed gym and a pumped up Warriors squad are good signs leading into another crucial DCL battle.
As big as the A-B game is, the Warriors still have a tough rematch scheduled on February 1 against the only team they have lost to this year. Westford Academy will make its first trip to L-S this season as the Warriors will try to avenge their two previous losses to the Grey Ghosts.
Callahan was confident in his team's progress since its last two losses to Westford.
``We are further along,'' Callahan said. ``We are making the players feel uncomfortable in practice. Because our Achille's heel right now is that when the wheels come off and we fall behind we are really bad. When we are a good team we are really good.''
With only 10 games left in the regular season, it will be key for the Warriors to maintain their composure and bounce back if ``the wheels come off.'' If they can bounce back from the on-court adversity, this team has enough talent to make a deep run in the playoffs
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