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Sudbury Patch Article on Newton So Game

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by Website Admin

Lincoln-Sudbury Boys Basketball Team Fights Back for Victory Against Newton South

The Warriors' rally to defeat the Lions, 74-70.

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Leading for the majority of the game, the Newton South boys basketball team had an opportunity for a noteworthy win over a top-tier team Friday night.

But in the end, victory slipped through the Lions’ grasp in the fourth quarter as they went on to lose to Dual County (Large) League-foe Lincoln-Sudbury, 74-70.

“They worked their butts off, but we just don’t know how to finish yet,” said Newton South head coach Joe Killilea. “We started moving away from the hoop instead of attacking the hoop at the end of the game.”

 “Tough game,” said L-S coach Patrick Callahan. “Lost our big guy. When we don’t have him, we’re a different team. This was the first time this year that we had to play without him. But I couldn’t be prouder of my guys.”

The “big guy” Callahan is referring to is 7-footer John Swords, who fouled out of the game with less than one minute remaining in the third quarter.

But it was not Swords who impacted the game early on. That was DJ Reid who netted 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the opening quarter and helped his team to a 20-12 lead. The senior would finish with a game-high 28 points while adding 10 rebounds.

“He’s our leading rebounder by a mile this season so I’m asking him to do a lot,” said Killilea. “But he’s playing great.”

The Lions (6-9) continued to lead in the second and third quarters — at one point extending it to 13 — but as they scored points, the Warriors (13-3) dominated the glass. (L-S out-rebounded Newton South 21-7 during that span.) That proved pivotal in the fourth quarter.

“We knew rebounding was going to be the key to this game,” said Callahan.

To start the fourth period, Newton South was up 52-47, but almost three minutes in L-S's Benjamin Lawhorn scored six straight points to tie the game at 58-58. Four of those points came off offensive rebounds, the other two on a Lions turnover.

Moments later, the Warriors took the lead 63-60 as Mitchell Perez drained a 3-pointer off of another offensive board. L-S would not relinquish the lead and went on for the victory.

“Too many offensive rebounds straight through the game,” Killilea said about his team’s inability to rebound. “We didn’t box out.

“Half their points were off offensive rebounds. Half. We got to do a better job.”

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