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Posted Monday, February 07, 2011 by Website Admin

L-S boys basketball bounces back

By Alex Greenberg/Sports Correspondent
Posted Feb 01, 2011 @ 03:18 PM
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The Lincoln-Sudbury boys basketball team is coming off a revitalizing bounce-back week. After a tough loss to Acton-Boxboro the previous week, the Warriors had two big wins over Arlington and rival Wayland.
The Warriors have already clinched a spot in the postseason. But every game matters as the Warriors try to grab a higher seed in the playoffs and improve as a team. L-S worked toward both of those goals this week beating Arlington 68-52 on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and Wayland 82-63 on Friday.
From the beginning of the Warriors' game against the Arlington Spy Ponders it was easy to tell L-S had the advantage. A barrage of jump shots from senior Mitch Perez put the Warriors up 21-5 at the end of the first quarter. Perez was able to get the open looks because of the Warriors tenacious offensive rebounding. Senior John Swords and junior Ben Lawhorn were forces to be reckoned with on the offensive glass. Their impressive efforts supplied Perez with numerous open looks from two- and 3-point land.
On the offensive side of the ball, L-S got sloppy at times throughout the game. Turnovers and missed shots plagued L-S for the rest of the game. Luckily, the Warriors stellar defense was there to bail them out.
Junior Mario Payne stood out as he hustled up and down the court in the second half. For the Spy Ponders it was as if Payne was everywhere. Payne did a great job of creating turnovers and keeping Arlington from climbing back into the game. After the game Payne had a theory for the Warriors sloppy offensive play.
``The ball wasn't moving,'' said Payne. ``There was too much dribbling on our part. We were playing the game to their tempo, not our tempo.''
No matter the tempo of the game, the Warriors were able to pull out a 68-52 win.
Up next for L-S was another big rival in Wayland High School. It was Warrior vs. Warrior Friday night as L-S traveled to Wayland for a heavyweight DCL clash.
With the loss to A-B fresh in their minds, the Warriors did not want to fall again to another rival. What ensued was a close game that was not decided until the final quarter.
In the opening moments it seemed that L-S's sloppy play had carried over from the Arlington game. This time it was the defense that gave Wayland open shot after open shot. The opposing Warriors were content with the open jump shots, hitting nearly everyone they took. Senior Denny Cakert did a good job of keeping L-S in the game early with some quick drives to the hoop.
The second quarter was a different story as L-S turned it around on the defensive side of the ball. Freshman Sam Casey gave L-S an unexpected spark off the bench. His nifty passing set up Perez and fellow senior Dominic Douglass with some open shots.
Throughout the game, the L-S faithful gave their team a boost in intensity. An impressive number of Warriors fans made the short trip to Wayland to support their team. L-S fans were noticeably louder than the Wayland fans for the entire game, something that undoubtedly contributed to L-S's victory.
The second half of the game was all L-S. Perez, Cakert, Douglass, and Swords continued to represent the class of 2011 by making it known as to which team was the ultimate group of Warriors. A dunk by Swords topped off the game and sent the L-S section into chaos as L-S won 82-63.
After the game coach Patrick Callahan was definitely pleased with his team's big win.
``We had a bad first half but we played great defense after that,'' Callahan said. ``We didn't give up transition. We had fantastic pressure with our well-executed press. It was important that we were able to play under pressure which was our Achilles heel. We came out today against a good team under pressure, and we played well.''
One of L-S's biggest tests awaits them this week. On Tuesday the Warriors were scheduled to face Westford Academy. Westford has beaten L-S twice this year. However, this will be the first time the teams face off in Sudbury. The Warriors seem determined to avenge those two losses in what will be another key game against a new DCL rival.

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