Entering the second month of the regular season, the Covington boys basketball team picked up their first win Tuesday night with a 66-57 home victory against fellow parish rival Lakeshore.
Covington (1-3) was led by George Brister who had 17 points. Joy Earlycutt and Marquez Morigney each had 11 points in the win and Nick Cyprian had 14.
Breaking out to a 7-3 lead, Lakeshore (2-3) had the lead until the last 30 seconds of the first quarter when Morigney’s 3-pointer gave the Lions a 15-14 advantage.
The 3-pointer by Morigney ignited a 15-5 run, which pushed the Covington lead to as much as 27-19.
Morigney had the first eight points of the run, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Lakeshore cut the Lions first-half lead to 27-24 with 3:26 left on a bucket by Williams, but back-to-back baskets by Cyprian pushed the lead back up to 31-24.
The Titans opened the second half on an 8-0 run to grab a 36-34 lead behind six points from Williams.
A back-and-forth fourth quarter saw Lakeshore hold a 48-47 lead with 5:10 to go.
However, behind Brister and Earlycutt, the Lions went on a 13-6 run over the next three minutes to grab the lead for good at 60-54.
“It’s just good to get a win, man,” Brister said. “This is a young team that is continuing to work hard every day at practice, and we are getting better and better each day. You can see that, and I think this has the chance to be the start of a winning streak. We hope to start bunching together some wins now.”
Covington coach Mike Smith echoed his senior forward’s sentiments.
“I’m never going to say it is not good to win a game because it is always good,” Smith said. “We played some tough teams early this season and went to overtime against some good opponents. We played some really good teams in the tournament at St. Thomas. You have to remember how young of a team we have.
“I told them if we can continue to learn and fight our way through the predistrict schedule, we are only going to get stronger and stronger. They did a good job tonight of getting better. Lakeshore is a good team, but as we see things developing we are getting better at how to get through situations. We are getting there.”
Lakeshore was led by Konrad Williams who had a game-high 20 points. Dillon Smith had 11 and Ashon Cook had nine. Grant Stiebing added seven points.