Cavs best Warriors for third time

Published 9:46 pm Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Cavaliers and Warriors clashed for the third time this season Tuesday night, with the Cavs emerging the victors.

One of the premier city rivals was on display once again Tuesday night when Lakeland High School hosted Nansemond River High School. It was the third meeting between the two teams, as they have now met once on each school’s court and once at a neutral location. Lakeland was victorious in all three, finishing Tuesday night with a convincing 85-68 win.

The first quarter started off a little slow for the Warriors, with Lakeland holding as much as a 13-2 lead with about three minutes to play in the quarter before the Warriors started to end the quarter on a run. Over the next three quarters, the Cavs started to build on their first quarter and continued to increase their lead.

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“I think we did a phenomenal job with our balance. Tyshawn Allen started off the game so well for us,” Lakeland Coach Clint Wright Sr. said. “We knew he had that potential, and we feel like the way he started the game got things going for us.” Allen finished with 10.

In the previous two games, Lakeland didn’t feel they get as much as they could but were able to do so this third time around. The Cavs shot 80 percent from the free-throw line as well. Nansemond River was also outrebounded 48-30.

Lakeland shot 50 percent from the floor for the game, and it’s their second game in a row shooting at least 50 percent as a team. Nansemond River shot their lowest percentage of the season at 35 percent. Coach Ed Young felt going in he’d get a better effort from the Warriors after coming off of an impressive Indian River High School win.

“We feel like we are much better than what we showed,” Young said. “We looked as if this was our first game of the season after coming off a good win against Indian River. We still have a shot at the regional tournament, so we have to regroup and get ready for Great Bridge.”

Justin Fatherly finished with 25 points to lead the Warriors. Trey Chapman added nine points, while Luke Williamson and Myron Brown both had eight.

Lakeland once again had five players in double figures. Ray Bellamy had 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while Keimari Artis added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Clint Wright Jr. added 13, and Luciano Hamlin added 12.

Lakeland goes to 12-5 on the year, and Nansemond River goes to 9-9 on the season.