Winning can be a great reinforcement when playing a team sport like basketball.
Lakeville North had an uncharacteristic stretch where it lost three of its most recent five games as it headed into Tuesday's matchup with Eastview. But when you play in a deep league like the South Suburban Conference, challenging games fill the schedule.
Lakeville North (13-5, 8-3) found an answer when it used a late first-half run to propel itself to a 78-69 win over the Lightning. Eastview (14-4, 8-3) cut the deficit to four in the second half, but the Panthers pulled away to alter the season's momentum.
A 10-0 run for Lakeville North late in the first half gave the Panthers the boost they needed in a 78-69 win vs. Eastview at home Tuesday.
Eastview (14-4, 8-3) led 30-29 with two minutes, fifteen seconds left in the first half, but the 10-0 run in the following 90 seconds gave the Panthers an advantage they never gave back. The Lightning cut the deficit to four points late in the second half, but were not able to climb any closer.
Sophomore Jack Robison scored 24 points to lead Lakeville North (13-5, 8-3) in the South Suburban Conference victory. His teammate Nolan Winter scored an additional 21 points.
Jamal Ambrose led Eastview’s offense with 21 points.