The Rock surges past Lions in second half
Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Behind 15 points from senior guard Moussa Camara and an intense defensive effort, The Rock dealt visiting Jacksonville Potter's House Christian Academy a 50-41 loss Thursday night in front of a packed Kanapaha Middle School gymnasium.
The Rock (16-4, 11-0), who defeated Potter's House 48-46 earlier in the season, now hold a two-game lead over the Lions in Class A, district 4 and are gaining momentum heading into a crucial stretch of the season.
Before the game, Lions coach Svend Wilbekin said that the team that played better defense would likely win the game and his team hustled from whistle to whistle on the defensive side.
The Rock held the Lions to just six points in the first quarter and took a 16-6 lead, but several starters, including Camara, got into early foul trouble and Potter's House (13-5, 8-2) crept back against The Rock's reserves, trailing just 27-26 at the break.
That was when Wilbekin told his squad to go out in the second half and shut down the opposing offense. The starters returned and responded in a big way, holding Potter's House to just three points the entire third quarter with a frenzied defensive effort.
"In the third quarter I said to go out and put the game away and we did," said Wilbekin, whose team held Potter's House scoreless over the last 2:38 of the contest.
Camara began the game hitting jump shots from the outside, netting eight quick points before leaving with foul trouble. He heated up once more late and keyed a run that gave the Lions a 44-32 lead midway through the third. Potter's House hit two 3-pointers and cut the lead, but the Lions' press was too much for the visitors to overcome.
"We knew if we lost we would be No. 2 in the district," said Camara, who added two blocks. "We kept encouraging each other when the pressure was on."
"We're comparable teams, we push, they push and it's always defensive. We usually score more and so do they, but we pulled it out."
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