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Spartans step up in fourth

Lakewood forward Mike Morrison soared and pinned a shot by Largo's Charlie Lytle against the backboard.

Two seconds later, Morrison, a long-armed, 6-foot-8 junior, did it again.

Morrison's back-to-back blocks Thursday night sparked yet another fast break in a fourth-quarter flurry, which helped lift Lakewood to a come-from-behind 63-50 win.

In a matchup between two of the county's top teams, Lakewood (5-0) trailed by 13 points in the second quarter. But the Spartans rode the shoulders of playmaking guards Anthony Dorsey (29 points) and Ed Nixon (17) in the second half. The Spartans began the fourth down 43-42, but a 17-2 Lakewood run quickly put the Packers away.

"They kicked our behinds in the fourth," Largo coach Phil Price said. "When guys like Dorsey and Nixon get a step on you, you're in trouble."

The Packers (4-2) patiently picked apart Lakewood's press in the first quarter. Star point guard Ben O'Donnell (16 points) hit his first three shots, with forwards Mike Helm (13) and Lytle (16) filling the lane.

But in the third, Dorsey took over. The senior swingman split Largo's traps, slashing to the hoop for 14 points.

When Largo rushed their offense, the Spartans quickly turned Packers' turnovers into layups and dunks. With Morrison (five blocks) controlling the key, Largo settled for too many outside shots.

"We picked up the intensity," Dorsey said. "And were more aggressive."

Joe Smith can be reached at or at (727) 893-8129.