2011-12-22 / Sports

Eagles Win Opener

by Mike Organ

In Jason Holcomb’s basketball coaching debut in Lexington, the Eagles won 55-53 in overtime over Somerville. The winning shot was turned loose just before the buzzer in overtime. A.J. Flot got an offensive rebound and put the ball in the basket just as the clock went to 0:00. Donnie Havard had taken a free throw with the score tied. Eriq Mitchell got the offensive rebound but shot the ball a little strong, when A.J. did his thing.

Lexington and Somerville played a hustling, pressure defensive game all the way through. A.J. Flot showed some great leaping ability and basketball savvy in the opening game. Cameron Janda came in relief and played quite nicely. Donnie Havard displayed the hustle and desire that makes him a fan favorite in all sports. Eriq Mitchell played well, despite being in foul trouble most of the game. Josh Murray gave a good accounting of himself, despite missing all last season due to a football injury. Jason Washington showed quickness and the ability to drive past most any defender. Zach Lay showed his dead eye accuracy from behind the three-point arc at crucial times in the game.

Zach Lay gets fouled as he attempts a lay-in in the Eagle win over Somerville. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Zach Lay gets fouled as he attempts a lay-in in the Eagle win over Somerville. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Yeguas stepped out to an early lead in the first two quarters. Lexington owned the third quarter, as they rallied back from a nine point deficit to take the lead at the end of the third quarter by one point. The teams went back and forth with the lead in the fourth, ultimately tying the game at 45 after the regulation 32 minutes.

Donnie Havard and A.J. Flot, with 11, and Jason Washington, with 10, scored in double figures for the Eagles.

This was Lexington’s first game of the year after the extended football season. They will start district play on Tuesday.

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