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Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 by Website Admin
 
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Lincoln-Sudbury 73, Westford Academy 61: Senior power

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John Swords
Shane Gerardi/Daily News correspondent

Lincoln-Sudbury senior captain John Swords looks to score during the Warriors' win over Westford Academy last night.

By Scott Shalachman/Daily News staff
Posted Feb 15, 2011 @ 12:00 AM
 








Tri-captains John Swords, Mitch Perez and Denny Cakert stole the shown on senior night for the Lincoln-Sudbury boys basketball team.

Looking to avenge two losses earlier in the season to Westford Academy, the Warriors dominated the Grey Ghosts last night in a 73-61 Dual County League Large victory. L-S previously fell 65-58 to Westford in the regular season and 66-53 in the Lowell Tournament.

"Tonight really came down to our guards," said L-S coach Pat Callahan. "They were able to knock down some shots early which really helped us stretch out their defense, which enabled us to go inside to our big guy."

The big guy Callahan referred to is Swords, a 7-foot senior center. Swords had a nine-inch height advantage over the tallest Westford player and exploited it, finishing the game with 19 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks, one assist and one steal.

"Our plan was to play an inside-out game," said Swords. "Mitch and Denny kept hitting shots, and that stretched the defense out for me down low."

Perez netted 20 points, including five 3-pointers, while Cakert had 13 points, five assists and three rebounds.

"They (Perez and Cakert) also deserve credit on defense," added Swords. "We usually play zone, but Westford has some knock-down shooters so we wanted our guards to play man on them to take away the (3-pointer), and we did a pretty good job of that."

The Warriors (16-3, 12-2 DCL Large) scored the first points of the game before falling behind early 4-2 - that was the only time they trailed.

L-S then went on an 8-0 run with both Perez and Cakert draining 3-pointers.

"We were really working the ball on offense," said Cakert, who hit all five shots he took. "We were playing as a team and we found the open man, and when we do that we knock those open shots down."

The second quarter saw more of an inside game from L-S, featuring Swords. He had eight points and five rebounds to go along with two blocks in the second quarter alone.

"After Denny and I hit a few jumpers in the first they had to come out further on us, which opened up John down low for some one-on-one, and we'll take that any day," said Perez.

Swords tormented the Grey Ghosts (15-3, 11-3 DCL Large) all night, grabbing eight offensive rebounds that led to 12 second-chance points. He had 13 points and 10 rebounds at the half as L-S took a 34-26 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Warriors continued to spread the floor and look for the open man.

Senior forward Dominic Douglas came out strong in the third, scoring the first four points of the quarter, and six of the Warriors' first 11 to stretch the lead to 45-30 with five minutes to go.

Perez hit two 3-pointers and Cakert one before the third quarter was over as the Warriors led 58-41 after three.

For much of the fourth quarter, the Warriors played bench players and rested the starters. Callahan yanked the starters for good with two minutes left.

"Coach tells us before every game to play for each other," said Swords. "I feel like we did that tonight. I felt like we were in control throughout, and on senior night, and on Valentine's Day, that feels pretty good."

 

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