Lawrence boys basketball best Blue Valley in top-five matchup

Lawrence High’s boys basketball team improved to 2-0 on the year following a 66-54 win over Blue Valley Tuesday night at BVHS. It was the first contest of a three-game week at Blue Valley for LHS.

But the Tuesday tilt could have been the toughest of the week for Lawrence. LHS is ranked No. 3 in Class 6A, while Blue Valley is listed at No. 5 in Class 6A. And it was the Tigers who jumped out in front.

The Lions faced a 20-16 deficit after the first quarter on Tuesday before reclaiming control with a 23-point outburst in the second period. Six different players scored for Lawrence in the second quarter, leading to a 39-31 advantage at the intermission for the visitors.

“Great fight in our guys tonight,” LHS head coach Mike Lewis said. “(Blue Valley) has a good team, and they are very well coached. Our guys had to earn it tonight, and I think our toughness was a big factor in the game.”

Senior guard Zeke Mayo led LHS in scoring for the second time in as many games. He finished with 22 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field. He also added five rebounds, four assists and four steals for an all-around effort.

Grant Cleavinger added 12 points to join Mayo in double figures. Senior Jackson Dooley finished with a team-high five rebounds.

Lawrence will square off against Ruskin at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Valley High School.

Lawrence 16 23 11 16 — 66

Blue Valley 20 11 14 9 — 54

Lawrence (66)

Zeke Mayo 22, Jack Ryan 4, Avion Nelson 4, Truman Juelsgaard 6, Jackson Dooley 7, Ntense Obono 3, Grant Cleavinger 12, Pearse Long 8


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