Lakewood shooting for a second title
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ST. PETERSBURG -- What do you do after a championship season?
You get busy chasing another if you're Lakewood High School.
Lakewood won the Class 4A state basketball championship in March, defeating Belle Glades Central, 59-52, in the tournament final.
Nine months later, the memories still sparkle.
"Everywhere we go and every night we suit up, there's always someone who hasn't had the opportunity to congratulate us on a great season," said coach Dan Wright. "No one I run into around here will allow us to forget."
Most of the players are back this season, including Brian Ligon, Sean Morrison and Maurice Robinson. All were Times preseason all-county selections, meaning they are considered excellent players.
Lakewood also lost three excellent players who graduated.
Marcus Morrison, Sean's brother and the Pinellas County player of the year in 2001, won a scholarship to South Carolina. He's not a starter but is getting playing time, Wright said.
Kory Crumbley is playing at St. Petersburg College, where his father, Earnest, is coach.
Kevin Dorsey, 2002 player of the year, also was expected to play at SPC but hurt his back and will be on the sidelines until next year.
Lakewood started its early season with five straight victories and played in two prestigious holiday tournaments.
The players, many of them veterans, are keen for another state title run, Wright said.
"I think this group of guys wants to try to do something this year on their own," Wright said.
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