Spartans get back in the win column with 66-26 rout of Sussex Academy

GEORGETOWN – Lake Forest put an end to its two-game skid with Friday night’s dominating 66-26 road win over Sussex Academy.

Senior guard Isaiah Morris dropped a game-high 15 points for the Spartans. Jaysem Vazquez (12 points) and fellow senior Thomas Hoskins (12 points) finished in double digits as well.

The Jan. 19 win pushes Lake to 6-3 on the season, putting the Spartans in the win column for the first time since its 58-31 win over Milford Tuesday, Jan. 3.

“That’s exactly what you want. Any time you lose, you just want to get back on course,” Lake head coach Michael Starkey said. “We were disappointed that Tuesday’s game got postponed. It felt good to finally get back out there, it’s been a choppy season with the weather and the schedule.”

Senior Thomas Hoskins (23) sprints down the court and lays the ball in on a fast-break for two of his 10 points on the night (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

Sussex Academy (1-9) trailed just 14-11 after the first eight minutes of the game, but the Spartans started taking control of the game in the second quarter.

“We struggled with some intensity early on, and that’s something we have to fix,” coach Starkey said.

An 18-point second quarter, including seven points from Morris, gave Lake a 32-16 advantage at the half.

With just one Sussex Academy point in the third quarter and nine points in the fourth quarter, coach Starkey had the opportunity to give his backups some much-needed playing time.

“It’s always good to get some playing time for those guys who grind every day,” he said. “They understand their role, but it’s always nice to reward them and watch them have some success out there. So, I think everybody’s happy when you can go a little deeper and get those guys some time. They’re the ones who make us who we are, the way they grind every day (in practice).”

The bench provided 32 of the team’s 66 points, including Morris’ 15, Jene Sample’s eight and Javon Gibbs’ five points.

In his first-ever varsity game, freshman Kaheim Roach started at forward and recorded six points for the Spartans.

“Kaheim’s got a lot of tools that can really help us at this level. He’s long, he can rebound by the rim, he does a lot of things that can help,” coach Starkey said.

While Kaheim had a solid varsity debut, Starkey hopes the squad can maintain the team chemistry it has formed over the first nine games of the season.

“I think, with him, he just has to hear us coaches say he’s got the green light. He’s anxious, when you bump up a level there’s still a little bit of jitters. But he’ll settle in quickly, he’s a talented kid,” he said.

Saturday night at 6:15, Lake Forest will cap its four-game road stand with a game against Caravel Academy (5-3).

The Spartans will be back on their home court Tuesday, Jan. 23 against Delmar (6:15 p.m.).

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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