Behind 24 points from sophomore Atin Wright Lakewood defeated Wilson 77-66 in a battle for second place in the Moore League.
“Last time we played them, they were on their game,” Wright said. “Today we came out strong and didn’t let them get off to a good start. We came out hustling and had a lot of energy.”
Wilson (17-5, 4-3) started on a 6-0 run, but behind gritty play by Lakewood (13-9, 5-2) the Lancers took a 16-13 lead after the first quarter.
Bruins made some uncharacteristic turnovers and found themselves in early foul trouble after senior Matt Schmidt was called for two early fouls that forced him onto the bench early on. Although Schmidt is a big part of the Bruins’ offense Jayden Woodard believes the team needs to be able to perform whether he is on the bench or in the game.
“We just got to be gritty, we just have to go out and compete in every game,” Woodard said.
Along with Wright, senior Lorenzo Edwards was huge for the Lancers providing a lot of energy on his way to 19 points for the game.
Heading into halftime in the highly-contest game, Lakewood led 34-27. Along with the gritty game, there was a high volume of foul calls including 19 in the first half alone.
Along with being more prepared for Wilson, Lakewood coach Duane Cooper said his team was ready this time around.
“We’re a better team right now and we just played a better game,” Cooper said when comparing this game and the first matchup.
In the third quarter, Wilson started to make its comeback with Schmidt along and Woodard Woodard. Thanks to the two seniors, the Bruins went on a 23-11 run to take a 47-45 lead after the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter with a 52-49 lead there was an altercation that led to one Wilson and one Lakewood player being ejected.
After things settled down, Lakewood tied the game at 54 with 4:40 left in the game and eventually took the lead for good with under three minutes left.
The win gives Lakewood a one game lead over Wilson and Compton for second place in the Moore League and for the Bruins it’s their second loss in a row.
“In the beginning of the season we were focused on winning and now we’re focused on not losing,” Woodard said. “That’s not how you win games, we just need to get back to what we used to do.”
For Lakewood, this win adds to the momentum of already beating Poly and Wilson.
“All out players our pitching in and were just working hard,” Wright said. “It’s going to help us in the long run.”
In a physical game that had eight yellow cards and one red card, Millikan and Lakewood finished in a 1-1 draw Wednesday afternoon.
Lakewood (8-5-2, 4-3-1) came out of the gate fast as Mark Lira scored in the second minute to give the Lancers an early 1-0 lead. It was a welcome start for Lakewood coach Alex Diaz after the Lancers lost to Cabrillo 6-2 on Monday.
“We had a tough game on Monday and I wasn’t sure how they were going to bounce back,” Diaz said. “But, they believed in themselves and they worked hard and we deserved the point.”
In the first half, each team fired off two shots and Max Hintz had two saves. Along with two yellow cards called on Millikan a total of 11 fouls were called.
For Millikan (20-2-3, 6-0-2), the Rams struggled early on after beating Wilson 3-0 on Monday.
“We were a little flat today,” Millikan coach Rod Petkovic said.
After the break, Lakewood faced an uphill battle when a red card was given only seven minutes into the second half.
The Lancers held tough, but playing a man down the Rams tied the game when Ethan Mitchell found Cameron Badal who tied the game in the 67th minute.
“We showed some character to come back and tie it,” Petkovic said.
Millikan will not have a break until Monday when they take on Compton next Wednesday. Lakewood will look to close to shake up the Moore League standings when they take on Wilson Friday.
St. Anthony 3, St. Pius-St. Mathias 0
Senior Nico Carnevale scored two goals as the Saints won in dominating fashion. St. Anthony dominated possession throughout the game while senior goalkeeper David Blechinger posted his third consecutive clean sheet.Senior Ben Garcia scored the third goal in the 58th minute.