Lakers use late spree, beat Bears for title, 66-41 HIGH SCHOOLS Mervo Hoop Festival

January 01, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Staff Writer

In recent weeks, Lake Clifton's opponents have been blitzed by a third-quarter surge that all but settled the outcome. That wasn't the case yesterday, as Carver was within seven points of the No. 2 Lakers after three quarters.

Unfortunately for the Bears, there was the fourth.

Using a 17-2 run to open the final period, Lake Clifton rolled past Carver, 66-41, in the championship game of the Mervo Holiday Hoop Festival.

"If people feel that we are the best in the city, we've got to show them that," said senior guard Kevin Norris, holding the championship trophy. "We have some doubts of how we might stack up outside of the city, but we know we're one of the best in the city."

Norris holding the trophy was fitting yesterday. Struggling from the field in the first three quarters, the 5-foot-8 senior point guard scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers outscored Carver, 31-13.

Terrance Payne and Reggie Frazier each added 12 points for Lake Clifton (7-1). David Berkley led Carver (5-2) with 11 and Derrick Weddington had 10.

The Lakers were without two sophomore starters -- point guard Shawnta Rogers and swingman Ronald Byrd.

Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore said both missed the game because of personal problems but are expected to return for Friday's game at Patterson. Senior forward Anthony Wright (seven points, eight rebounds) and junior guard Antonio Williams (four points, six steals) did a commendable job filling in for Rogers and Byrd.

With the Lakers short-handed, it may have given the Bears a little boost. Unable to run with Lake Clifton, they slowed the tempo, making the contest a half-court battle. Carver trailed only 26-25, with 5:03 left in the third quarter, after outscoring the Lakers, 8-2.

With Lake Clifton up, 30-27, Norris began to warm up for the final quarter, scoring the final five for the Lakers to give them a 35-28 lead after three periods.

After Norris hit a pair of free throws at the start of the fourth, Payne made a steal near midcourt and went straight down court for a thunderous dunk, making it 39-28. The Bears hit a pair of free throws to close the margin to nine.

But the Lakers were in full throttle at that point, and they scored the next 15 with Norris getting seven, hitting a three-pointer to cap the rally.

"Kevin simply provided the leadership when we needed it," said Moore. "We would have lost today without him and I just told him that.

"In the first half, he was trying to get everyone involved in the offense, then in the third and the fourth quarters, he started looking for his shot."

In the third-place game, Southwestern (7-2) defeated Patterson (1-8), 84-45, and Mervo (6-2) claimed fifth place with a 78-73 victory over Northwestern (2-7).

City (1-6) won its first game of the season, defeating Douglass (4-4), 73-70, in the seventh-place game.

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