Cavaliers launch tourney with a win

Published 7:47 pm Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lakeland junior guard Dexter Davis moves the ball against Hertford County during the first game of the 2nd Annual King’s Fork Showcase/Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday. The Cavaliers won their game 76-50 to complete a 4-0 opening week.

In the early part of the second annual King’s Fork Showcase/Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, the Lakeland Cavaliers’ boys’ basketball team capped off a four-game season-opening week by playing Hertford County from Ahoskie, N.C.

The Cavs were part of the opening game of the event, and they used the occasion to finish the week undefeated, dispatching the Bears 76-50 in a contest that was never close after the first quarter.

King’s Fork head coach Josh Worrell explained the purpose behind the showcase.

Lakeland freshman forward Deonta Knight goes for two of his team-leading 16 points during the Cavaliers’ 76-50 win over Hertford County in the opening game of the 2nd Annual King’s Fork Showcase/Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.


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“To have a good test early on in the season for a lot of the top quality teams in the region,” he said.

After Lakeland’s 12:30 p.m. match-up, the showcase was to continue, with Landstown facing off against Bethel, Brunswick playing Green Run, and host King’s Fork closing out the proceedings against Norcom.

Lakeland’s new head coach Clint Wright was glad to get the game over and give his players a chance to rest after a big week.

“Not that we were physically tired,” he said. “I think mentally we were tired. Very rarely do you play four games in the short amount of time that we played against the competition that we played with. And we’re talking about a team now with a new philosophy, with a new style.”

“I don’t know when the last time Lakeland has been 4-0, but we are, and I just think that it says a whole lot about what this team can actually do,” he said.

Freshman forward Deonta Knight led the Cavaliers with 16 points, and senior guard Samson Worrell had 12. Freshman guard Jaquan Yulee also had seven points and seven rebounds.

Lakeland (4-0, 2-0) hosts Nansemond River (2-0, 2-0) on Tuesday.

Similar to last year, the crowd for the early game at the tip-off tourney was sparse, but Josh Worrell expected people to begin pouring in for the afternoon session of games.

“It’ll sell out tonight,” he said.