Gators chalk up 119 points in win over North Webster

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Lakeview vs Mansfield

Brian Williams

Lakeview had a great week of basketball with two victories to add to the win column. Tuesday, Lakeview hosted North Webster and did not disappoint. Lakeview scored a whopping 119 points. Lakeview quickly jumped out on the Knights and never looked back. At the end of the first quarter, it was 35-6 Lakeview. By halftime, the Gators had scored 69 points and were looking to break the clock. At the end of the third quarter, the fans were getting anxious and so were the players. Everyone wanted to see the 100 mark. The end of the third quarter score was 92 -36.

This article published in the Dec. 16, 2021, print edition

Needless to say, the Gators ran the Knights into the ground with a final score of 119-51.

Lakeview scores by quarter were 35, 34, 23 and 27 for a total of 119

North Webster put up 6, 15, 15 and 27 for a total of 51

Adding to the scoreboard were Clifton jones Jr., 25 points; Alonzo Driver, 24 points; Javonte Howard, 19 points; Dayton Taylor, 17 points; and Andre Sowell, 13 points

Clifton Jones had 12 rebounds and Dillon Pikes contributed 8 rebounds  Dayton Taylor had 6 assists and 10 steals, Javonte Howard had 7 steals and Alonzo Driver had 5 steals

Lakeview concluded the week with a short travel to Mansfield to take on the Wolverines. Mansfield, coached by Lakeview graduate Chris Bush, awaited the Gators with a 4–1 win-loss record. When the Gators arrived, the gym was packed to see what all the hype was about. When Lakeview entered the building, the fans were not impressed, as the size of Lakeview is definitely not intimidating. The game started hot for the Wolverines with one of their players draining several 3-pointers to begin the game.

As the first quarter concluded, the game was tied at 15 and the gym was tense. Lakeview gathered some stops and played decent defense holding the Wolverines to 8 points but the Lakeview offense just could not break loose. The half ended with Lakeview leading 26-23. The beginning of the second half continued to be a good defensive battle for both teams.

Every time Lakeview started to break away, Bush instantly called a timeout. “You have to credit his coaching ability. I feel that his scheme kept them in the game,” stated Lakeview Coach Brian Williams.

Lakeview only led by 8 at the end of the third quarter, 41-33. As the fourth quarter began, “I felt that it was going to be another chess match. My guys were wanting to burst out and break the game open, being overly eager. Once we settled down, it all fell into place,” Williams said.

The Gators went crazy in the fourth quarter after a dunk from Andre Sowell. (which took the number 1 spot on the MaxPreps Epic Dunk list this week)

“It seems like he just floated to the goal. I knew once the dunk came, the defense was going to follow,” Williams said. Lakeview blew the game open with an 18-3 run in the fourth. Lakeview gained another win to remain undefeated with a score of 59-36.

Next week, Lakeview will travel across the parish to St. Mary’s on Tuesday. The latter part of the week, Lakeview will travel to the Northshore to play 5A Covington Friday, Dec.17 and Northshore Saturday, Dec. 18.

Lakeview put up 15, 11, 15 and 18 points per quarter for 59 total.

Mansfield scored 15, 8, 10 and 3 for a total of 36.

Scoring in the win were Andre Sowell, 18 points; and Javonte Howard, 17 points. Howard had 8 rebounds, Cameron Holden, 6; and Sowell, 6.

Leading the Gators in steals were Cameron Holden and Alonzo Driver, each with 4.