Upon arrival to the Lakeside Tournament, Lakeview High School was notified that their game was moved to the smaller junior high gym. The smaller and shorter court negated the speed of the Lakeview Gators and benefited the height and depth of the Minden Crimson Tide. Lakeview outscored Minden 14-12 in the first quarter, but that was significantly lower than what the Gators are accustomed to.
Lakeview provided a very balanced attack to begin the game. Lakeview’s continuous ability to foul put Minden in the game with eight free throw attempts in the first quarter. Lakeview finally adjusted to the small court and outscored Minden 18-11 in the second quarter. Cliff Jones Jr., scored six points with some good passes from Dayton Taylor. Alonzo Driver also chipped in with six points from his defensive prowess. Lakeview led Minden at the end of the half with a score of 32-23. Minden Coach Rennie Bailey lived up to his credentials with some good half time adjustments.
Bailey has coached on the college level for many years and was able to recognize some flaws in the Lakeview game plan. With the combination of foul trouble and other adjustments, Minden outscored Lakeview in the third quarter 15-14. Foul trouble stifled the Lakeview defense and caused the aggressive team to tone it down. With the defense having to tone it down and two of Lakeview senior starters in foul trouble, Coach Brian Williams had to adjust as well.
Offensively, Lakeview ate up the Minden half-court trap with senior guard Javonte Howard catching fire. Javonte scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and was crucial with securing the lead early in the fourth quarter. Williams’ adjustments could not prevent the two senior starters from fouling out with four minutes remaining. Lakeview had to depend on incoming freshman to lead the team the remainder of the game.
“Young and scared is an understatement, but he did not turn the ball over. He was able to listen to me and execute down the stretch,” Williams said regarding Jamarcus Reliford. The guard play of Dillon Pikes and Reliford down the stretch and Alonzo Driver nailing four of four free throws sealed the game for the Gators. Lakeview defeated Minden 61-46 and was to play Magnolia Excellence in the tournament championship Nov. 20.
Alonzo Driver 19 points, Javonte Howard 17 points Cameron Holden six rebounds, Cliff Jones Jr. five rebounds, Alonzo Driver 4 Rebounds Cameron Holden three assists, Alonzo Driver four steals, Cliff Jones Jr., three steals, Javonte Howard three steals
Minden visits the Swamp
The Lakeview Gators hosted the Minden Crimson Tide Nov. 27 that was a rematch of a battle in the Lakeside Tournament in which Lakeview prevailed. Lakeview defeated Minden 64-43. Minden, in the previous game, was able to slow down the Lakeview speed.
The second game was a totally different game in sense of speed. Lakeview was able to speed Minden up and create turnovers. Minden did a great job of not turning the ball over as much as most Lakeview opponents. Lakeview was still able to speed the game up with made baskets and determined the outcome early in the third quarter. Once again, Coach Brian Williams got to see what his young players could do. Lakeview emptied the bench in the fourth quarter.
“They are getting a lot of game experience early. Hopefully as the season progresses, they can start contributing to our already deep rotation,” Williams said. They will definitely contribute next year, which in return helps build tradition at Lakeview,” Williams said about his young players.
Javonte Howard 17 points, Cliff Jones 17 Points, Andre Sowell 13 points Andre Sowell 11 rebounds, Cliff Jones nine rebounds, Dillon Pikes eight rebounds Devonte Rice three steals, Dillon Pikes three steals
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