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BOYS BASKETBALL: Turnovers doom Havasu in loss to Lee Williams

January 25, 2019

A slow third quarter and a turnover-filled second half doomed the Lake Havasu boys basketball team in a 64-49 loss to Kingman Lee Williams on Thursday at Lake Havasu High School.

The Knights started the game strong, dominating the first quarter to build a 17-8 lead, but began to let the Volunteers back into the game with a series of turnovers. Still, strong defense and enough offense allowed Havasu to enter the half trailing just 23-22.

That changed in the third quarter, when they made just one field goal in the first seven minutes of play. Lee Williams, behind strong play from A.J. Herrara was able to rip off a 17-3 run to stretch its lead to 15 points before a 3-pointer from Havasu guard Kaden Lin ended the cold streak.

Lin hit another 3 to start the fourth quarter, but a 9-0 run from the Vols pushed the Havasu deficit back to 18 points.

The Knights found some life midway through the final frame, scoring 12 straight points to cut the lead to 54-47 with 2:32 to play. But the pressure defense that helped spur the run turned against the Knights when Lee Williams started getting to the free-throw line, closing the game with a 10-2 run.

The Vols made 11 of 12 free throws in the final quarter, including all eight in the final 2:10 to seal the win.

“Our kids play really hard, they don’t give up,” Havasu coach Ted Darnell said. “But you can only get so many stops after turning the ball over before it wears you down. You have to also get some points in between. When we can’t score consitently, it gets really frustrating.”

Noah Boyd had 12 points to lead Havasu. Cole Wade had 11 points, Jayden Azar had 10 points in the loss.

Herrara had a game-high 16 points to lead Lee Williams with Aaron Santos adding 13 points and Josiah Hooper 11 points.