Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

4A boys basketball: Spartans settle in for win

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood coach Dan Wright knew his opponent would try to limit his team's possessions by slowing the tempo Thursday. That strategy kept Jesuit in the game for 16 minutes. Then the Tigers' zone defense fell apart and the Spartans played their style, slashing the lane and playing disruptive defense on their way to a 51-29 drubbing of the Tigers in a 4A region quarterfinal.

"I was kind of upset that we were taking quick shots," said Wright. "We decided to go to the small lineup. I think the steals that we were able to get allowed us to spread the floor offensively. Then they just didn't have the speed and quickness to stay with our guys."

In the first half that quickness was missing. The Spartans opened just 8-of-21 from the field and fired 10 shots from beyond the arc. With other starters struggling, senior Dominic Lane took it upon himself to keep Lakewood in front. He scored nine of his game-high 18 in the first half. The Spartans held a slim 19-15 advantage at halftime.

"I tried to get in the lane and get my teammates the ball," said Lane. "I tried to get the ball so they would all crash in on me and try to kick it back out. I just tried to control the offense."

Lakewood turned its defense up a notch in the second half, forcing 12 of its 20 turnovers in the second 60 minutes. As Jesuit lost control of the tempo on the offensive end, Lakewood was able to utilize its speed on offense. The Spartans more than equaled their first half output in a quarter, outscoring the Tigers 20-6 in the third.

Lane continued to be effective in the second half, finishing 8-of-10 with five rebounds and four steals.

4A boys basketball: Spartans settle in for win 02/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help


    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play


    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.