Boys Basketball: Palm Beach Lakes advances with win over Lake Worth
Thursday, February 14, 2013
by Steve Dorsey
There seems to be something special brewing at Floyd Andrews Gymnasium, and it has the feeling of the good old days when Palm Beach Lakes was a boys basketball team to reckon with every year.
On Thursday night, the Rams disposed of Lake Worth to the tune of 74-55 in the first round of the Class 7A regional playoffs, ending one of the best seasons for Lake Worth in recent memory.
The victory moves Palm Beach Lakes (21-3) into Tuesday's semifinal round of the regional playoffs where the Rams will host Royal Palm Beach, which Lakes recently beat in the district finals.
It's just the second regional playoff win for Lakes since 2007. Lake Worth was bidding for its first regional playoff win since 1999.
Sophomore guard Quincy Rideau was the spark-plug for Lakes in the first half, scoring 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first two quarters. Senior guard Quinn Cole came off the bench and tallied all 16 of his points in the second half when Palm Beach Lakes gradually pulled away from the Trojans (22-6) and earned its berth in the next round.
Palm Beach Lakes scored the game's first nine points, but Lake Worth responded and trailed by only five points at the end of the first quarter. Palm Beach Lakes led 36-28 at the intermission in a first half that had an uptempo pace and included scoring spurts by both teams.
Lake Worth narrowed Lakes' lead to 36-31 early in the third quarter when Aaron Horne, the Trojans' leading scorer, completed a three-point play for his first points of the game.
Lakes' transition offense and hustling defense staked the Rams to a 60-44 lead by the end of the third quarter, the biggest lead of the game to that point. Lakes stretched the advantage to 20 points midway through the fourth quarter after back-to-back baskets by Cole.
Lakes coach Lorenzo Hands said his team is playing its best basketball at the right time.
"You can attribute that to the fact our defense is picking up its intensity and the guys are sharing the ball," Hands said. "I'm pleased with what we're doing."
Sophomore Kamil Williams added 10 points for Lakes. Horne was the only Lake Worth player in double digits with 10 points.