Boys Basketball: No. 8 Atlantic stops No. 4 Lake Worth
Friday, January 18, 2013
by Jeff Greer
Forget any talk about one team or another owning District 14-7A.
After Atlantic raced to a 69-61 win over Lake Worth on Friday night in Delray Beach, which evened the rivals' season series at one win apiece, 14-7A is officially wide open.
"It's a district rivalry; every game against them is tough," Atlantic coach Brad Flaig said. "We let them come back after a fast start. We could've hung our heads, but we kept playing."
Eighth-ranked Atlantic (13-5) started fast and never had trouble scoring. The Eagles took a 26-15 lead after the first quarter, only to see it evaporate as fourth-ranked Lake Worth (16-3) settled down and started trading baskets.
But just like in the first quarter, turnovers crushed Lake Worth in the game's final 10 minutes. Foul trouble kept Lake Worth star Aaron Horne (2 of 5 shooting, four points) on the bench for most of the game's critical juncture.
There was, of course, the added motivation for Atlantic to redeem itself after last week's heartbreaking overtime loss at Lake Worth.
"It seemed like we were fighting uphill all night," Lake Worth coach Murray Smith said. "I thought they had a little more fight than us."
Jamal Palmer (20 points) did most of his damage in open court, punishing Lake Worth for its 20-plus turnovers. And when Palmer or fellow wing Thomas Owens (16 points) were shut out, Atlantic forward Latron Nelson (17 points, 12 rebounds) took over.
Tyler St. Fort added 10 points for Atlantic.
"We can still do better; that's the good thing," Flaig said. "But we did play well tonight."
Eno Pierre-Louis (16 points) and Jerry Oliver (15) picked up the slack for Horne, who even when he was in the game didn't appear in rhythm.
But as much as Pierre-Louis and Oliver's interior scoring helped Lake Worth, the duo's turnovers inside hurt just as much.
"(The turnovers) came from the inside, not from the guards," Smith said. "That was weird. That shouldn't be."
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