by RENALDO DORSETT
The HO Nash Lions scored a pair of wins in a double header over the SC McPherson Sharks as the Government Secondary School Sports Association gets back in gear with its basketball season.
Coach Pattie Johnson’s Junior Girls topped the Sharks 27-8, while Kent Lightbourne and his Junior Boys followed with a 35-31 win.
In the Boys’ feature, Tyeko Lowe led the Lions with a game high 11 points, Lorenzo Stuart added nine while Deangelo Elisee added six.
The Lions scored on the opening tip and never relinquished the lead in the wire to wire win.
After the quick 2-0 lead, the Lions missed five of six at the line with an opportunity to extend the score.
A three pointer broke the Sharks’ drought after nearly five minutes, but Stuart finished a runner just before the buzzer to give his team an 8-5 lead.
In the second, the Sharks would fall behind by as much as seven points before the rallied to come within two.
With an opportunity to tie, Elisee blocked a shot, gather the rebound and finished on the offensive end with a layup to keep SC McPherson at bay.
SC had issues dealing with size of Elisee inside, and he added three point play just before the half extended the lead to five points,16-11.
In the third the Sharks made an early three pointer to come within two, however the Lions had an answer every time the Sharks would threaten and clung to a 22-20 lead headed into the fourth
Trading baskets early, Raymond McDonald trimmed the lead to just one, 24-23, but Lowe would responded, successfully converting a three point play with a driving layup.
Stuart’s layup extended the game to two possessions, and Elisee split a pair at the line with five seconds left to put the game out of reach.