Lake Clifton guard Leron Fisher set the tone in Tuesday's game against No. 13 Old Mill, deftly cutting through defenders for layups and leading a swarming defense that allowed the Patriots mere seconds to set their offense.
Fisher's play helped the tenth-ranked Lakers bounce back from last week's loss to arch-rival Dunbar with a 66-54 victory over Old Mill in the IAABO Board 290 Memorial Mixer hosted by Northwestern. Fisher finished with a game-high 17 points, but gave the Lakers a scare when he crumbled to the court with 34.7 seconds left in the game after banging knees with an opponent. Fisher, however, walked off the court and said the knee was simply sore outside his locker room after the game.
"We played hard and it was a good game," Fisher said. "It was a good bounce-back from Dunbar. I was trying to do my best to lead the team."
Aaron Parks had 14 points and Trae Summers and Anthony Lee each had 11 for Lake Clifton. Gavin Salmond scored 12 points for Old Mill, Eric Savage added 11 and James Williams had 10.
Lake Clifton (4-1) trailed just once late - late in the first quarter - and used its speed to keep Old Mill off-balance. The Lakers led 37-27 at the break, but could not pull away until the fourth quarter.
Fisher provided the spark and increased the lead to 57-43 with 6:10 left in the game. Old Mill (4-1) tried to make a late push and Joe McCargo cut the margin to nine with two minutes remaining. But the Patriots could not close the margin as the Lakers closed out the game from the free-throw line.
"We were really sad that we lost to Dunbar so we went back to practice and worked on everything," Parks said. "We had to come in and put it behind us."
Lake Clifton is still adjusting to life without Josh Selby, the top-rated recruit in the nation last season who is now at Kansas. Coach Herman "Tree" Harried said his team is still a work in progress.
"Selby was a man amongst boys," Harried said. "I'm coaching high school players right now. You might come across a Selby once in a blue moon."
IAABO Board 290 Memorial Mixer
No. 10 Lake Clifton 66, No. 13 Old Mill 54
OM – Salmond 12, Savage 11, Williams 10, McCargo 9, Hinton 8, Jackson 4. Totals 21 11- 20
LC- Fisher 17, Parks 15, Lee 11, Summers 11, Ross 7, Henson 4, Anderson 1. Totals 12-24
Half: LC: 37-27