Visiting Godwin Heights put on an aerial display on Wednesday night — at the expense of the host Lakers of Spring Lake.
Leading by just three points going into the fourth quarter, the No. 2-ranked and unbeaten Wolverines exploded for 22 points in the fourth, six of which came on breakaway dunks, helping Godwin Heights pull away for a 65-50 win.
“For three quarters, we were pretty even,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose saw his team’s eight-game winning streak snapped. ‘Then they were able to run and gun and trap and dunk.”
Leading 43-40 after three quarters, Godwin Heights quickly grabbed momentum to start the fourth. After scoring to go ahead by five, the Wolverines’ lanky 6-foot-4 center Markese Mayfield tipped away a Lakers’ pass at midcourt, raced ahead and threw down a one-handed jam, forcing Core to call a time out.
Out of the time out, the Lakers again threw the ball away against the Wolverines’ pressure leading to another layup.
Another steal and a dunk by Mayfield made it 52-40 Godwin Heights before the Lakers’ Keegan George finally scored to end a 9-0 Wolverines’ run.
But Godwin Heights wasn’t done. The Wolverines’ hectic pressure defense forced several more turnovers, one of which led to a breakaway dunk by 6-3 forward Delaney Blaylock for a 60-45 advantage.
“We know they do three things well,” Core said. “They pressure you into turnovers, the go to the offensive glass, and they get out into transition. Those are three things we wanted to control, and for three quarters, we did.”
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