The Longview Lobos got back into the win column on Saturday with a 63-52 defeat of Tyler Lee in District 12-5A basketball action at Lobo Coliseum.
Just two days after a 77-48 road loss to Rockwall Heath, the Lobos returned some key players, and it paid dividends.
“It was good to be back at full strength,” Longview head coach Billy Goffney said. “We were able to do what we are good at, and that’s pounding the ball inside.
“We were sluggish early and missed some easy shots, but we were able to gain the momentum late in the second quarter and put some distance between them and us.”
Dorian Leonard, Travin Howard and Jordan Whitaker missed Thursday’s game to participate in a football All-Star game. On Saturday, they combined for 10 of Longview’s 16 steals, and Leonard also scored 16 points.
The game was close through the first 11 minutes, but D’Keilan Lynch scored eight straight points in the middle of the second quarter to give the Lobos a 29-15 lead. Longview’s margin never was fewer than 10 points the rest of the way.
“We got into foul trouble and had to go deeper into our bench earlier than we normally would,” Goffney said. “Some guys came in and gave us some good minutes.
“Jay Head and Chris Coby both played well when we put them in, and D’Keilan stepped up and knocked down some shots.”
Lynch scored a game-high 18 points off the bench for the Lobos.
After scoring 19 points in the second quarter, Longview put 20 points on the board in the third quarter to stretch its lead to 51-33. Tyler Lee ended the game with a 9-1 run to decrease the final margin.
Rico Major finished with 13 points for the Red Raiders after not attempting a shot in the first 14 minutes of action. He finished 5 of 6 from the field. Demodrick Barker added 12 points off the bench for Tyler Lee, which fell to 0-3 in district.
Cadell Williams scored 13 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Lobos.
Longview (14-8, 2-1) will play at North Mesquite on Tuesday.
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