Lakeview wins Minden tournament

On front row from left are Head Coach Brian Williams, Christopher Small, Jordan Hardy, Javonte Howard, William Brew, Michael Shields, Nathaniel Braden, Zarious Lewis, Timothy Washington Jr., Jeffery Willis Jr. and Assistant Coach Dewaskie Fuller. On second row are Markediuos Carter, Thomas Norman, Dillon Pikes, Kerrell Nora, Cliff Jones Jr. Nicholas Flakes, Aldon Beavers and Udonis Jones.

The Lakeview Gators rattled off four consecutive wins late last week en route to winning the annual Minden Tournament. The Gators, now 15-3 overall and winners of five straight games, disposed of district-rival Red River, Calvary Baptist and Camden-Fairview, Ark., before knocking off the host team in the championship of the tournament.

Zarious Lewis brought home Most Valuable Player honors from the event as he averaged 22.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, scoring at least 21 points in all four games. Udonis Jones and Ty Washington each earned first-team all-tournament honors as well, with Jones averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing, with Washington contributing 11.3 points, three steals and 2.3 rebounds per contest. Lakeview opened the tournament with a hard-fought victory over District 3-2A rival Red River, 80-70.

Lewis poured in 24 points and grabbed five rebounds in the win, while Jones reaching double figures with 16 points, along with nabbing seven boards. Nate Braden and Washington each had eight points, while Christopher Small finished with seven points, four rebounds and four assists. Braden led Lakeview with six assists, while Washington snared four steals. The Gators faced Calvary Baptist in the second round of the tournament and came away victorious, 70-55.

Lewis had 22 points and four rebounds, while Jones added 13 points and seven boards. Braden notched 12 points, four assists and a pair of steals, while Washington finished with nine points, four rebounds and three assists. In the semifinals, the Gators prevailed over Camden-Fairview High School out of Arkansas, 75-71. Lewis had 21 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Jones had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Small contributed 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Washington and Braden were in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Lakeview finished off the tournament in fine fashion by disposing of hosting Minden in the finals, 68-57. Lewis led the way with 24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Washington came away with 16 points, including 13 of those in the final period of play. Braden and Jones added seven points and six rebounds each in the win.