By John “Juice Man” Harden
The Lakers came out well prepared and ready to play with Junior Justin Tuckson from Stafford, Virginia starting the game off with a three for the game’s first points.
They decided early in the first half that they would make their presence felt in the paint with Redshirt Junior from Orlando, Florida JaCarl Owens driving to the basket and picking up a foul where he hit one of the two.
In the next play Owens pulls up for a three and banks it making it 7 to 6 Lakers.
A little bit later in the first, Aubrey McRae got going with a three and he would have a hot night from the three-point range. McRae led the team in scoring with 25 and a Clayton State record breaking 7 three pointers hit on the night.
Tuckson kept things rolling later in the first banking another three having a pretty active night himself. Defense would not be denied with Tuckson on the block, steal, and the assist to Senior Denzell Council on the offensive end to finish sending the score to 19 to 8 with the Lakers on a 10-2 run.
Midway through the first quarter, good ball movement resulted in another three made by McRae.
Defense late in the first half continued a strong display with a tough defensive rebound made by Council, turned into a fast break, and ended with an Alley to Sophomore Kyle Kincey from Tallahassee Florida putting the Laker up 30 to 21.
Not only did McRae make his presence known from the three-point line but he was also a stout on defense with a steal and dunk to finish with two minutes left. Soon after that defensive display, McRae hit another three to end the half and put the Lakers up 35 to 25.
Coming back from the half was total domination by the Lakers. They started much like they ended the first.
To start the second, defense showed up and got a steal on the Landers first possession back from the half. Lander seemed to be overwhelmed by the Lakers turning the ball over on their first three possessions back from with Junior Jalen Taylor from Hepzibah, Georgia ending the third one with a big dunk sending the Lakers up 43 to 27.
Didn’t take long for McRae to heat up with a three early in the second half to extend the Lakers’ lead. Senior Nathan Powell showed some good defense with a block and strong finish to the basket. McRae with another three pointer mid-way through the second half seemed to be the dagger that let all of the air out of Lander as the Lakers steam rolled to victory 86 to 65.