Cavs bounce back against Hickory

Published 7:13 pm Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lakeland High School’s boys’ basketball team got a 64-44 victory against Hickory Friday night.

After a disappointing performance against rival King’s Fork last Tuesday, the Cavs quickly put the loss behind them. On the road against Hickory, Lakeland came back home with a 20-point victory.

“The ultimate goal after a loss is to get a win,” Cavs coach Clint Wright said. “We came out a little sluggish, but we trusted each other and improved. Our ball movement and communication was the best I’ve seen it all season.”

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Keontae Boyette led the way for the Cavs with 25 points.

“This win was very big for us,” Cavs senior Devon Morris said. “We knew it was very important for us to buckle down and play harder to get some momentum going.”

“That was a must-win for us,” Boyette said. “They felt they had a chance, and we came out in the second half and played hard to finish the game.”

The Cavs want to build on this win and carry some momentum going forward. After the first half of the season, they want to finish the second half strong.

“We set up a goal to finish the year with a bang,” he said. “We just have to continue to play hard. We have to hit shots and play as a team. I believe we can finish out the year strong.”

The Cavs will travel to Nansemond River Dec. 21 to face the Warriors in what should be an intense rivalry game.