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Posted Friday, February 25, 2011 by Website Admin

L-S boys basketball finishes strong

By Alex Greenberg/Sports Correspondent
Posted Feb 24, 2011 @ 02:06 PM
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The Lincoln-Sudbury boys basketball team has got to be feeling confident about the upcoming postseason.
The Warriors ended the regular season on a high note, beating Westford Academy 73-61 on Monday, Feb. 15 and Boston Latin 61-56 the next day. L-S won its last nine games of the regular season to finish 17-3.
Going into the game against Westford, the Warriors looked to avenge two of their three losses. The Grey Ghosts had L-S's number all year. Westford beat L-S twice, once in Westford and once in Lowell. Heading into the rivalries first game in Sudbury of the season, the Warriors were determined to achieve a different outcome.
There was an electric atmosphere at L-S for the game against Westford. Before the game the seniors were honored for all their time played for L-S. Senior Night managed to inspire the players and the crowd for the upcoming game.
The game was a little more lopsided than people may have expected. Throughout the entire contest L-S had a sizeable lead. The Warriors came out with a high intensity style of play. This style of play got the crowd of students and fans into the game from the very start.
Senior John Swords was a key part in getting the L-S faithful fired up early. Swords was at his best down low. On offense he was getting easy put backs. On defense he was snatching rebounds and blocking everything that came his way. Swords was the big reason why the Warriors had a 34-26 lead at halftime. He finished with a double-double, 19 points 18 rebounds and six blocks.
In the second half, Swords got some help from the usual suspects. Seniors Denny Cakert and Mitch Perez began to come alive after the midway intermission. At times when Westford looked like it might get back into the game by hitting a clutch 3-pointer, Perez was there on the opposite end with a 3-pointer of his own. Cakert did a great job of finding open shots for himself and Perez. In the end, Cakert had 13 points and Perez led all scorers with 20 points.
In the last few minutes, the crowd applauded each of their outgoing seniors as they all got some quality playing time. After the game the court was flooded by proud friends and family as they took pictures with their favorite seniors.
With only one game left in the regular season, Swords was proud of the way his team was playing.
``It feels like we're really the team we want to be coming into the end of the season,'' Swords said. ``We really are starting to play for each other. That's one thing that Coach has been saying before every single game. And it really felt like that tonight.''
With little time to rest, L-S traveled to Boston Latin the next day for its final game of the regular season. This time it would be the opposing crowd fired up by its own Senior Night.
What ensued was a hard-fought, emotional struggle between the two teams. L-S came out of the gate with some sloppy play. The game was a back-and-forth contest, which was a direct contrast to L-S's 29-point thrashing of Boston Latin in January.
L-S was frustrated, but it managed to pull out a five-point win in a hostile gym. The Warriors achieved victory in large part due to double-doubles from junior Mario Payne and senior Dominic Douglas.
After the game Warriors coach Patrick Callahan knew his team still had some stuff to work on for the playoffs.
``I'd like to go into the playoffs with a little more momentum,'' Callahan said. ``I think the good thing is it tells our guys that we still have a lot of work to do. We aren't as good as a lot of these guys think we are yet. When we show up with a certain mindset we are a very good team. We have to come to every opponent and play our game.''
With the regular season over, L-S awaits its postseason seeding. The Warriors will be looking to extend their nine-game win streak in the state tournament, which starts in a little over a week.


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