The Lakeside Warriors earned a opening-round win with a close 54-53 win over the Benton Tigers Wednesday night.
The game was close throughout, and the Warriors took the lead for good on a late three-pointer by Deandre Shehee.
"Deandre did a good job," Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. "He shot the ball real well. We were down two points with under five seconds left and he dropped in it from the corner. Then we held them from scoring to hold on. It was good to get a win in a real exciting game."
Lakeside started slow and trailed Benton 16-10 at the end of the first quarter.
"We came out sluggish for some reason," Gould said. "But we got it going in the second quarter and out-scored them 18-11 to take a one-point lead into halftime."
That one-point halftime lead was important because the two teams played even (16-11 and 10-10) in the final two quarters.
"That was pretty much the difference in the game," Gould said of the halftime lead. "The lead changed hands in the second half, they went up by six points at one point and then we'd come back to lead. It was a real good game."
Lance Taylor led Lakeside with 18 points and Shehee added 12, all on three-pointers. Darryl Moore scored seven and Jamarion Teal added seven rebounds. Davian Whiting dished out five assists.