Tuesday, January 31, 2017

#5 Lakeside dances to a regular season region title; Dukes dunks home Westminster's key win; #1 Cross Creek continues its roll, despite Robinson's 39; and more Tuesday night updates

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#5 Lakeside 74, Heritage 71

Lakeside improved to 18-4 overall and 9-0 in region play, clinching the top seed in the coming region tournament and winning its 9 straight, and the 16th in its last 17 games. Sophomore Kalen Williams led all scorers with 26 points, and Deon Berrien added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Berrien converted a three point play to tie the game at 57 in the fourth quarter. You can see that in the video directly below. What you won't see, because I didn't film it, were Berrien's next two field goals, a mid range jumper and a three pointer, which gave the Panthers a 62-57 cushion with less than 3 minutes remaining:

Williams further expanded that lead with a series of moves (or "a little sauce" as he calls it in our post game interview) that led to a soft 18 footer that swished through the net to give the Panthers a 69-62 lead and send the Lakeside student section into a frenzy:

The AugBball Game of the Night was a complete success for the home team. Coach Jeff Williams got his birthday wish (a win!). And fans like me were treated to plenty of exciting basketball, like this exchange at the end of the first quarter, which includes Williams banging in a triple off the dribble and Isaiah Banks, of backboard breaking fame, finishing with authority at the other end right as the buzzer sounded. The basket counted:

#1 Cross Creek 71, Richmond 57

Cross Creek improved to 20-4 overall and 9-0 in class AAAA, region 3 competition. Memphis signee Alana Davis scored 29 points. Richmond (11-11, 5-4) was led by Troy signee Jasmine Robinson, who is rapidly closing in on 2,000 career points. Robinson scored 39 points.

AugBball contributor Harold Doby asked coach Kim Schlein if recently being ranked #1 in class 4A meant anything to her and her team:

Westminster 68, Augusta Prep 45

Westminster controls its own destiny now because Friday's win over the only team to beat the Wildcats since November means Westminster can earn the top seed in the region tournament with wins over Gatewood Friday and John Milledge Tuesday.

Jelani Watson Gayle led all scorers with 23 points, and Mike Dukes tossed in 19, including the dunk of the night, a two hander off the rim in the first half. See that and and an equally impressive block by Dukes here:

Watson-Gayle and Dukes talked to me a little bit after the game. A very little bit. Mostly they celebrated with Westminster's ELITE student section:

Look no further than WRDW's Kevin Faigle for the rest of the area's scores:

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