Lakers on a high
THERE WAS NO ANDRE LOCKHART.
No Andre Boadu.
And no way Lakers would finish the season with anything but a win.
Matthew Moore had eight of his ten points during a game-winning 21-9 finish as Lumber Company Lakers survived Adrian Stewart’s game-high 31 before capturing Premier League basketball’s champion of champions game over Nicholls Baking Company Cougars 79-69 on Tuesday at the Wildey Gym.
It was the second title-clinching victory in three nights for the Husbands men, who only recently capped their third league championship in the last five seasons on Sunday with a 3-1 series win over Clapham.
But Lakers were without the injured Lockhart while centre Andre Boadu left the contest for good just minutes after the opening tip.
And this was against a dangerous Cougars side that had already beaten them in a league game earlier this season before winning the knockout crown.
The men of Hothersal even held a 60-57 lead midway through the fourth quarter on the back of another menacing run from Stewart.
However, Moore hit a turnaround baseline jumper and Jamario Grazette split his free throw attempts to lock the score at 60 in successive Laker possessions.
Moore wasn’t finished just yet either, getting a couple baskets in the paint surrounding Adrian Allman’s jumpers as the spark to Lakers’ strong close-out.
Stewart added another basket to threaten once more but Cougars committed a series of costly turnovers down the stretch that led to successive Keefe Birkett baskets at the other end.
Ricardo Jemmott finally capped the rally with a late bucket despite nearly costing Lakers the comeback win after blowing two alley-oop dunks in transition.
Birkett finished with 16 points, Ian Alexander scored 14, Jemmott had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Jamar King also netted 12.
For Cougars, Seon Hilliman had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds and Lawrence Small scored 11.