Boys Basketball – Lakewood Ends Point Boro’s 10-Game Winning Streak
POINT PLEASANT BORO - Randy Holmes and his Lakewood boys basketball program know something about long streaks and after 10 seasons at the top of the Shore Conference Class B South standings, their division championship streak ended last year during a seven-win season.
On Tuesday, it was the Piners that ended another team's long winning streak and in doing so, they put themselves within striking distance of another division championship.
Freshman Respect Tyleek made a push for a triple-double and senior Ryan Savoy turned the second half into a dunk fest as Lakewood took it to Point Pleasant Boro on both ends of the floor in a 58-38 drubbing.
PHOTO GALLERY: Lakewood at Point Boro by Paula Lopez
The result snapped Point Boro's 10-game winning streak and pulled the Piners - now alone in second place after a Barnegat loss to Donovan Catholic on Tuesday - within a game of the Panthers in the B South standings.
For the second time in three games, Tyleek was the star for Lakewood. After tallying four points, an assist and two steals in the final 35 seconds of Thursday's tight win over Barnegat, Tyleek was on his game from start-to-finish on Tuesday. The freshman finished with a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks.
Tyleek six points in an 8-0 Lakewood run that closed the first quarter and put the Piners ahead, 17-11, heading to the second. From just under the four-minute mark of the first quarter until the 2:35 mark of the third, Point Boro managed only one field goal against Lakewood's defense, with the Piners building a 42-18 lead before Panthers sophomore Matt Lee hit his fourth three-pointer to end the 17-plus-minute spell.
Lakewood led, 48-25, after the third quarter when Tyleek alertly rebounded a desperation heave by classmate Samir Padilla and quickly put up a shot to beat the third-quarter buzzer.
Savoy - Lakewood's leading scorer - went scoreless in the first half but attacked the rim in the second half for all of his 12 points to go with 12 rebounds for the game as well. Four of Savoy's six field goals were dunks, with Tyleek assisting the first two.
Senior T.J. Paturzo added 11 points for Lakewood while Padilla and senior Sean Antoine each pitched in eight to round out a balanced scoring effort from the Piners.
Lee led Point Boro with 14 points thanks to his four three-pointers.