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Spartans use depth to sink Dunedin

Fourteen Lakewood players score in victory.

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 17, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG -- Lakewood put on an offensive show to pummel Dunedin 74-44 in the district's championship Saturday night.

Marcus Morrison led the Spartans with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.

But it was the play of the reserves that carried Lakewood throughout the game.

The Spartans had 14 players score and held Dunedin (14-13) to one point in the second quarter.

"I feel like we've got 11 starters," Lakewood coach Dan Wright said.

Since early in the season, the Spartans (28-2) were confident they would win the title.

"Yeah, we expected to take districts," Morrison said. "If competition comes, we'll take care of business."

"It wasn't much competition," Lakewood's Brian Ligon said. "We expected to win this district.

"I feel very confident we'll go to state," he said. "We're almost unstoppable."

It seems the only thing that can derail the Spartans is themselves.

They rose to the occasion when Dunedin came out aggressive in the third quarter, scoring 17 points. Lakewood nearly matched the Falcons, producing 16.

The Spartans will play Lehigh in the first round of the regionals Thursday. "Next week starts a whole new season," Wright said.

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