Gators overcome early scare, pass first round test against Morris Jeff

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Lakeview’s Dillion Pikes (25) shoots near the goal against Morris Jeff Thursday. Photos by LaMar Gafford

CAMPTI – There might have been some rust early, but it all worked out in the end for the Lakeview boys basketball team.
The top-seeded Gators defeated Morris Jeff Community, 87-51, Thursday in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
“You can tell we’ve been sitting for two weeks,” Lakeview coach Brian Williams said. “But overall, they are still playing with a lot of high energy. We just have to get used to playing and hopefully, we’ll be ready for the second round.”
Barely making the playoffs as the No. 32 seed, the Pelicans showed they were not content with just being in the field as they trailed 47-37 midway through the third quarter.
However, Lakeview (27-4) found its rhythm and closed the game on a 40-14 run to win by a more comfortable margin. It now shifts its attention to Friday’s winner of Avoyelles Charter and West St. Mary.
“We have to stay focused (if we want to win this thing),” Williams said. “We have to fine-tune what we do. I think 2A is pretty much wide open this year. There’s no favorites, in my opinion. I think people are looking at the traditional Port Allen/Rayville matchup, but the gap has been closed by a lot of teams this year.”
The Gators had four players in double figures as Alonzo Driver scored 26 points, followed by 18 from Clifton Jones, 13 from Javonte Howard and 10 from Andre Sowell.
Howard made three 3-pointers and Driver scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half, but it was a more balanced effort in the second half as Lakeview got good production from the starters and bench.
“This year, (Alonzo and Andre) are totally different players,” Williams said. “They know what they are supposed to do and they do it with efficiency. Cameron (Holden) and Javonte do the heavy lifting and my favorite of the starting five is Dillion Pikes. He doesn’t get a lot in the stat column, but he does everything that needs to be done for us to win.”
Greg Hankton and Will Lindsey led Morris Jeff (12-13) with 15 points each.

Lakeview’s Andre Sowell (12) nearly dunks on a Morris Jeff defender Thursday.

“You can tell we’ve been sitting for two weeks,” Lakeview coach Brian Williams said. “But overall, they are still playing with a lot of high energy. We just have to get used to playing and hopefully, we’ll be ready for the second round.”
Barely making the playoffs as the No. 32 seed, the Pelicans showed they were not content with just being in the field as they trailed 47-37 midway through the third quarter.
However, Lakeview (27-4) found its rhythm and closed the game on a 40-14 run to win by a more comfortable margin. It now shifts its attention to Friday’s winner of Avoyelles Charter and West St. Mary.
“We have to stay focused (if we want to win this thing),” Williams said. “We have to fine-tune what we do. I think 2A is pretty much wide open this year. There’s no favorites, in my opinion. I think people are looking at the traditional Port Allen/Rayville matchup, but the gap has been closed by a lot of teams this year.”
The Gators had four players in double figures as Alonzo Driver scored 26 points, followed by 18 from Clifton Jones, 13 from Javonte Howard and 10 from Andre Sowell.
Lakeview’s Alonzo Driver (5) drives down the lane against Morris Jeff.

Howard made three 3-pointers and Driver scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half, but it was a more balanced effort in the second half as Lakeview got good production from the starters and bench.
This article published in the March 3, 2022, print edition

“This year, (Alonzo and Andre) are totally different players,” Williams said. “They know what they are supposed to do and they do it with efficiency. Cameron (Holden) and Javonte do the heavy lifting and my favorite of the starting five is Dillion Pikes. He doesn’t get a lot in the stat column, but he does everything that needs to be done for us to win.”
Greg Hankton and Will Lindsey led Morris Jeff (12-13) with 15 points each.