Indians outlast Cavalier comeback try

Published 11:38 pm Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lakeland’s boys basketball squad didn’t have long to enjoy winning its Southeastern District opener. On Friday night, the Cavaliers beat visiting Hickory 62-55.

Upcourt: Lakeland guard Antonio Jefferson brings the ball up for the Cavaliers during their contest against Southampton in the King’s Fork Basketball Showcase Saturday. Southampton beat Lakeland 68-60. On Friday night, Jefferson had six points, nine rebounds and eight steals as the Cavs got a district win against Hickory.

A shade more than 12 hours later, the Cavaliers fell to Southampton, 68-60, in the second game of the day at the King’s Fork Basketball Showcase.

The Cavaliers (1-2, 1-0) had enough energy left for a comeback effort against the Indians, who were in their season opener after going 18-6 overall and 10-4 in the Southside District a season ago.

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Lakeland fought back to within a point from a 13-point deficit early in the second half. Southampton’s 6-foot-3 point forward Nick Doyle turned the momentum back to Southampton in the last four minutes and finished with 31 points.

The Indians led 43-30 three minutes into the second half. Scoring by Cavalier guards Samson Worrell and Seveante Williams led the Cavs back into the game.

Worrell hit a three-pointer to bring Lakeland within 47-40, then an Indian turnover led to Worrell being fouled and making two at the line.

Southampton led by eight with the chance for the last shot of the third period before Antonio Jefferson stole the ball near the hoop. The Lakeland fast break to the other end finished with Williams making a lay-up as he was fouled. Williams made the three-point play to make it 50-45 Indians with a quarter to go.

Lakeland’s defensive effort gave the Cavs plenty of chances to move ahead early in the fourth period. A three by Worrell cut Southampton’s lead to 51-50 with 4:55 left.

On the following Indian possession, Doyle ended his side’s scoring drought with a drive to the hoop and lay-in. Southampton rolled on to what became an 11-2 run. Two free throws by Doyle, followed by a Doyle steal and breakaway lay-up, suddenly put the Indians ahead 62-52 with 1:10 left.

Worrell led the Cavaliers with 22 points and Williams added 16 points.

In Friday’s district win over the Hawks, Marichal Walden had a big double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds. Williams had 14 points. Jefferson, the Cavalier point guard, totaled six points, nine rebounds and eight steals.

Lakeland gets back into district play on Tuesday night. Deep Creek, off a 69-31 loss to King’s Fork on Friday, visits the Cavaliers for a 7:30 p.m. tip.