Feb 18, 2012
The Lawrence Woodmere Academy Tigers won the Private School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Championship 71-56 on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Evangel Christian Eagles handily. Senior Trent Parrish earned Most Valuable Player honors, scoring 28 points as he electrified LWA supporters in attendance.
“I worked hard all season,” Parrish said. “It all paid off. I got encouragement from my teammates and the coaches. This is my senior year and I wanted to prove myself to the fans and the school and show that LWA can win a championship.”
The Tigers lead to start off the game, going up 16-13 after the first quarter and 29-23 after the first half as they tried to gain defensive balance. Parrish lit up the board from the start however, rarely missing a shot and scoring 15 first half points.
In the second half, the Tigers poured it on. Point guard Jake Lundenberg hit three consecutive three point shots in the third quarter that put Evangel away. Rokas Lapsys put a punctuation on the game with a posturizing dunk on an Evangel defender. The Tigers ended the third quarter up 48-31 and didn’t look back.
Lundenberg finished with 19 points, including five three pointers and Lapsys finished with ten.
“It feels good,” Parrish said. “My teammates and I worked hard all season. The coaches did their thing. We brought it back for the school. We had a little bit a shaky start at the beginning of the season, but we did our thing and won a championship.”
“Our teammates really won us the game,” Parrish went on to say. “Jake really shot the ball well. Rocky did his thing tonight. The energy was great on the bench. We couldn’t have won it without our role players tonight.”
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