In a hard fought match-up, the Lakewood Leopards pulled out a 3-point win over the Hobbton Wildcats in Tuesday night’s basketball action. The final was 75-72, Lakewood.
Lakewood jumped out to a 6-point advantage, 18-12, in the first quarter. By the halftime break, the Wildcats had cut the Leopard lead to 1, 35-34. In the early minutes of the second half, the Wildcats and the Leopards traded the lead before the Leopards got a run and pulled out to a 54-43 lead after 3 quarters. In the waning minutes of the game, The Wildcats cut the Leopard lead to 1 a couple of times before Lakewood put the game on ice with 12 seconds left.
“Congratulations to Coach Hooper. His crowd fought back. I knew they would have a little more fight in them,” said Lakewood coach Sylvester Pittman. “I’m proud how my guys handled the game. We are 5-2 for the first half of the conference. I just hope we can maintain for the second half.”
Wildcat coach Alphonso Hooper said, “First off, my hat’s off to Lakewood. Coach Pittman does a good job preparing those guys. They jumped on us the first quarter. We fought back in the second and were down by 1 at the half. In the second half, they hit shots and we just couldn’t hit them. I thought we had the advantage going inside to Hunter Britt and that was the game plan. We got a way from that. Once we got back to doing that, we started to get his shots.”
For the Leopards, Kobe Jackson had 20 points. Jirah Cooper added 18, Johnny Owens had 15 and Nasiem Devane had 11.
Britt had a game high 23 points for the Wildcats. Nicholas Bryant had 12 and Omar Farrior had 9 points on three 3’s.
“We let Lakewood make a run and then we came back. They made a little short run and I don’t know what happened to us, fatigue or we just quit playing defense,” Hooper said. “Hats off to my team. They made a run there at the end but we had a turnover. We were down by 14 and came back to lose by 3 with a chance to win. Omar Farrior hit a couple of 3’s. Right now, we’re just not shooting the ball. We have to get better guard play.”
The Wildcats host the Rosewood Eagles Friday night.