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Posted Wednesday, February 09, 2011 by Website admin
 SPORTS

Lincoln-Sudbury Boys Basketball Team Dominates Host Acton-Boxborough

Cakert's effort helps Warriors notch their 14th victory.

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A rematch between the Lincoln-Sudbury boys basketball team and Dual County League host Acton-Boxborough went much better than before for the Warriors thanks to a strong performance by senior Denny Cakert.

In fact, a 71-56 road victory over their conference rivals on Tuesday night turned out to be what L-S coach Patrick Callahan described as his team's best performance of the season.

“When people thought about who we could be and what we can be, that (game) was it right there,” said Callahan. “When we show up and play hard, I think we are the best team in the state. When we do not show up, I think we are beatable.”

Down 38-30 in the third quarter of their previous match up, the Colonials had managed to put together a 19-4 run on their way to winning 63-56.

On Tuesday night, A-B, which had trailed since the first quarter, found itself down 42-21 early in the third quarter. But the Colonials went on 11-point run, which started with a pair of 3-pointers by senior captain Sam Longwell and finished with another three points by senior Devin Santilli.

“We hung in their and fought,” said A-B coach Rick Kilpatrick. “We went out, pressured and got some steals, but we should have done that in the first half. To my credit I should have pressed earlier.”

A-B would cut its deficit to within single digits a few time throughout the remainder of the game, but was unable to hold its deficit less than 10 for more than a couple possession.

With the score 55-46 with 2:54 left in the game, L-S senior Dominic Douglas grabbed a pass from double teamed teammate Mitch Perez and tapped the board for a layup. Four points on free throws from Perez, a senior, and another layup by Douglas put the Warriors up 63-48 with a minute to go.

“Our big focus was composer,” said Callahan. “(Junior) Ben Lawhorn is naturally a (power forward) and he is out their running around with Longwell at guard. He is our shut-down defender and is so intense.”

Last minute 3-pointers by Longwell and senior teammate Dana Flood proved to0 little too late for the Colonials (15-2, 12-2 DCL).

The Warriors (14-3, 10-3 DCL) were led in scoring by Cakert who had 26 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Longwell was second in the game for scoring with 24 points.

“Tonight I focused on getting in towards the basket and getting some closer shots,” said Cakert. “They started to back down and I was able to knock down some shots.”

“Denny is one of the best point guards in the state and we knew if we were going to win this game we needed production out of him,” added Callahan.

The Warriors pulled ahead 8-6 at 4:53 in the first quarter and led the remainder of the game. Ending the first quarter up 14-12, L-S managed to outscore A-B 21-7 in the second quarter.

Following eight straight points by Cakert to open the quarter, Perez stepped back 6 feet from the 3-point line and hit a deep shot to give the Warriors their first double-digit lead.

“We have been working on our transition a lot and we thought we could run with them,” said Callahan. “We also pressed the ball which we did not do last time.”

L-S next plays at Waltham on Friday.

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