No. 2 Lake Clifton rolls past Southwestern Carver is next Mervo Hoop Festival

December 31, 1992|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Staff Writer

After Southwestern's opening-round victory over Mervo on Monday gave it the opportunity to play Lake Clifton in the semifinals of the Mervo Holiday Hoop Festival, coach Terry Leverette said he believed that the Lakers were the best in the area.

Yesterday, they didn't do anything to change his mind.

The No. 2 Lakers defeated the No. 8 Sabres, 89-69, yesterday to advance to today's 3:30 p.m. championship game with Carver. The Bears defeated Patterson, 59-52, in the other semifinal.

Sophomore shooting guard Shawnta Rogers scored a game-high points and added 10 steals and six assists for Lake Clifton (6-1). Senior point guard Kevin Norris added 18 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who blew the game open by scoring 32 points in the third quarter to build a 73-48 margin.

"They became satisfied with being able to keep the game close," said Leverette, whose team fell to 6-2. "They let off a little and when those two guards -- Stink [Norris] and Nut [Rogers] -- get rolling, they are hard to stop."

Norris and Rogers each scored 12 points in the third quarter.

"It's about execution," said Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore. "When

we execute, we can be very tough. When we don't, we will have some problems. When you win, it's a teaching experience. When you lose, it's a learning experience. We've been fortunate to this point to do more teaching than learning."

The Sabres slowed the tempo in the first half. Southwestern led 19-16 in the second quarter, before Lake Clifton went on a 17-4 spurt to lead 33-23 with 4:04 remaining in the quarter.

The Sabres were able to withstand that blitz and shaved the margin to 43-39 with 6:19 left in the third period.

Then Lake Clifton turned its pressure defense up a notch, forcing six turnovers during a 12-0 run, extending its lead to 55-39 with 3:52 left in the third.

"We had to pick the pace up because they were really staying close," said Rogers. "We weren't surprised because we know that Southwestern is a good team."

Carver (5-1) got 16 points from David Berkley and 13 from Derrick Weddington in its semifinal win over Patterson (1-7). In the consolation games, Mervo (5-2) defeated Douglass (4-3), 84-76, and Northwestern (2-6) defeated City (0-6), 78-54.

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