Boys’ basketball improves to 5-4 with win over Sussex Academy

FELTON – For the second consecutive game, junior guard Isaiah Morris put up 20+ points to lead the Lake Forest Spartans to victory.

In the team’s convincing 83-24 victory over Sussex Academy on Thursday, Jan. 12, Morris and teammate Cameron Lewis racked up 22 points each. The victory put Lake back above .500, and may provide an added boost of confidence down the stretch.

“Isaiah has emerged for us,” head coach Michael Starkey said. “We knew what Cam could do, we just didn’t know who would come alongside him. Isaiah has taken that role very well, he’s fun to watch and so athletic. He’s playing as confidently as anybody we have. He has just really come into his own here this year.”

The 83-point performance marks the team’s highest point total of the season, and is the highest-scoring game for Lake Forest since the team’s 84-68 win over Red Lion back on Feb. 3, 2015.

One thing the 59-point rout did for the Spartans – in addition to being a confidence-booster – is it gave coach Starkey a chance to get some of his less-experienced players time on the court.

Starting guard Jaysem Vazquez, the team’s lone freshman, put up eight points and so did starting

Senior Cameron Lewis scored 22 points in Lake’s 83-24 victory Thursday night (The Journal/Ben Heck).

forwards Kobe Mumford and Lester Fair.

Guards Jaylen Farlow and Ahmanuel White saw plenty of second-half court time, while center Saleem Roach put up four of his six points on third-quarter free throw attempts. Junior guard Desaun Bizzell saw playing time in all four quarters and scored two points in the third quarter.

“Here in January what we’re trying to do is settle into a little bit more of a rotation, and to try to figure out who these top seven are and get them as much time as we can,” Starkey said. “We’re 10 deep, so we were fortunate enough to use all of them tonight, and get everybody some time. We want all 10 of those guys to be ready to go at any given time.”

Lake is riding a two-game win streak, coming off a 61-49 victory over Indian River last week. Two of the team’s four losses this season have been by four points or less. But when the offense is on, it’s on.

Coach Starkey’s team is 4-0 this season when scoring 60 or more points, and the offense will need to be ready to go when they travel upstate to take on Concord Monday, Jan. 16.

“Coming from Smyrna, that’s one thing we had to teach those boys to do, is to go upstate and learn how to play against them,” Starkey said. “It’s a little bit of a tougher style of basketball. I want to see if we’re mentally tough enough to go up there and beat a well-coached upstate team before we get back down here.”

The Concord match-up begins a three-game stretch of road games before the Spartans make their way back down to Felton.

When asked if he believes the Spartans are ready for the upstate challenge of Concord, Starkey replied “I think so. It’s January, so we better be.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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