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Cedarcrest runs past Lakewood
LAKEWOOD The Lakewood Cougars boys basketball team struggled with transition defense during their 83-56 loss to the Cedarcrest Red Wolves on Dec. 18. The Cougars came out of the gate hot, dominating most of the first quarter, before falling victim to a big Cedarcrest run.
Cameron Fry began the game with three nice plays in a row for the Cougars. He shuffled a pass on a fast break to Michael Mauer for an assist, then scored two points of his own on an offensive rebound and putback. Fry fed Mauer again on the left side of the court for a 12-foot jumper to make the score 6-4 in favor of Lakewood.
Mauer continued his strong play in the first quarter with a backdoor cut moments later. Lakewood ran a clever screen play to free him up under the basket. Point guard Terrence Ordonez lofted a soft pass to Mauer who scored easily for an 11-7 lead. A score inside from Nathan Black gave Lakewood a 15-10 lead, their largest of the game. Cedarcrest then went on a 22-2 run that spanned the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter. Lakewood missed a number of jumpshots during that span, could not get to the free throw line, and wound up chasing down the Red Wolves in transition. Cedarcrest put in several layups before Coach Ron Thorvilson called timeout to address the issue.
The Cougars responded with a small run of their own to narrow the gap to 9. Billy Rist made a strong drive from the top of the key to the bucket for a basket and a foul. Ordonez scored on an offensive rebound putback in the lane. Blair Diamond hit a 10-foot jumper from the middle of the paint to make the score 36-26. An Ordonez layin right before the halftime buzzer sounded left Lakewood trailing 38-29, still well within striking distance.
The first few minutes of the second half proved to be the downfall of the Cougars as they allowed Cedarcrest to go on another big run. The Red Wolves continued to get out on the fast break ahead of the retreating Lakewood defense to score easy buckets. The game went from a single digit deficit to over 20 points in a matter of minutes, Cedarcrest pulling away to lead 52-31.
For Lakewood there was no miracle to be had in the fourth quarter. The Cougars could not sustain a push to challenge Cedarcrest and lost 83-56.