Streaks down Dragons

LAKE PLACID - Sebring used its athleticism and depth to cruise to a 77-45 win over Lake Placid in nondistrict basketball on Monday night.

The win improved the Class 5A Blue Streaks to 3-1 on the season.

"We had a good effort and everybody got to play," said Sebring boys basketball coach Princeton Harris. "We played with a lot of intensity and aggressiveness and that's what we're teaching right now.

"We have a lot of depth, a number of guys who can play multiple positions and that allows us to do some different things on offense and defense."

The loss dropped the Class 4A Green Dragons to 1-4.

"Everything that could go wrong went wrong," said Lake Placid first-year coach Dan Coomes. "You have to credit Sebring because they put pressure on us which we didn't handle and they killed us on the boards.

"We just didn't execute and we have to put this game behind us because we've got district games coming up."

Sebring jumped on top in the first quarter as sophomore guard Connor Cook scored 13 of his game-high 19 points and the Blue Streaks used a suffocating full-court press to force several Green Dragon turnovers which were converted into easy baskets.

Sebring took a 26-13 lead into the second period.

Lake Placid refused to fold and battled on fairly even terms with the Blue Streaks as Anfernee Munnings poured in 11 of his team-high 18 points to keep the Green Dragons in the game at 44-28 at the half.

"We don't have much of a drop off in talent when I substitute," Harris said. "We have a number of interchangeable parts and even when we got in foul trouble we didn't miss a beat."

Sebring came out strong in the third period as its devastating press took its toll and provided numerous easy baskets as the Blue Streaks built a double-digit lead.

Sebring dominated the paint as the tandem of Gary Demarest and Luke Ancrum took turns scoring over the smaller Green Dragons.

Demarest scored 12 points to go with eight rebounds and Ancrum chipped in with 12 points and nine boards as the Blue Streaks took a commanding 68-35 lead into the final eight minutes.

"We did a good job inside against Lake Placid," Harris said. "Luke and Gary give us a solid presence in the paint and we expect to be able to score inside."

Both teams went to their bench in the final eight minutes as a running clock was used.

The experience the substitutes gained will come in handy as the season progresses.

"We go about 10 deep right now and I have a couple of guys that are coming on," said Harris. "The deeper our bench the better team we're going to be."

Sebring worked the clock on each of its possessions in the final quarter and eased to the 77-45 victory.

"It was a good win, but we still have plenty to work on with our defense," Harris said. "I don't worry about our offense because I know we can score.

"Defense is what we work on everyday in practice and that's what will carry us when our shots aren't falling."

Sebring hosts Class 5A-District 11 rival Lemon Bay on Friday night. Also in the district are DeSoto and Hardee.

"It's not an easy district," Harris said. "Lemon Bay should be tough and DeSoto and Hardee always have good teams.

"I like the makeup of our team because we have a nice blend of experience and youth and I think this group of guys has a great deal of potential."

Lake Placid, which has a number of players out with injuries, is at LaBelle Thursday night.

"We just have to keep working to get better," Coomes said. "Injuries happen and the next guy has to step up for us."