Senior scores first seven points of OT
Monty Boykins didn’t score his first points until there was 45.6 seconds left in the first half of Friday’s Greater Miami Conference game between Lakota West and Middletown.
The Lakota West senior guard finished with 27 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Firebirds rallied from a 10-point deficit over the final four minutes, 32 seconds of regulation to beat Middletown 76-72.
Lakota West is ranked No. 2 in the Enquirer’s Division I preseason coaches’ poll and improves to 2-0 on the season, while No. 4 Middletown falls to 0-2 after losing to highly-regarded Beavercreek by five points in its opener.
It was the GMC opener for both teams.
“We never let up. The whole time we kept pushing on, and people kept coming in and giving good play,” Boykins said. “It was my first game. My teammates helped me get into the game.”
Boykins, who also had 10 rebounds, missed Lakota West’s season-opening win against Talawanda due to the death of his grandfather.
Junior center Tyler Bowling scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for Lakota West.
Junior forward Vincent Edwards had 24 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and four steals for Middletown, while senior Jalin Marshall had 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Middies.
The Middies led 61-51 after a basket by Marshall with 4:32 remaining, but Lakota West outscored them 14-4 the rest of regulation to force overtime.
The Firebirds nearly won it in regulation, but Edwards got just enough of a piece of Boykins’ shot on a drive to the basket in the closing seconds to force the ball to roll off the rim.
Boykins scored the first seven points of overtime to give Lakota West a cushion.
Middletown would get as close as two points in the final minute but could never tie it back up.
“We felt we needed to attack the basket a lot more, and we made some adjustments on who was guarding who,” said Lakota West coach Sean Van Winkle. “This was a typical Friday night GMC game.”
Lakota West got the first points of the game on a basket by guard Zach Hicks, but that would be the only lead of the half for the Firebirds.
After breaking a 6-6 tie with a Chance Sorrell free throw, the Middies didn’t trail again until a fast-break basket by Boykins with 1:08 remaining in regulation put Lakota West up 65-63.
Denarius Dean, who scored 12 points off the bench for Middletown, tied the game with a driving layup with 0:53 left.
“We’ve got to be smarter down the stretch and get some more time together,” said Middletown coach Josh Andrews. “I’ve not done a good job of helping our guys manage clock and finish situations. We’re going to get there. They want to get there.”
Middletown (0-2, 0-1 in GMC) – Johnson 3 0 6, Edwards 10 3 24, Sorrell 2 3 7, Marshall 9 0 19, Bailey 0 1 1, Dean 6 0 12, Jackson 1 0 3. Totals 31 7 72
Lakota West (2-0, 1-0 in GMC) – Hicks 1 3 5, Barnes 3 2 9, Bowling 8 1 17, Boykins 8 11 27, Grove 4 2 10, Capossela 1 0 2, Peterkin 2 0 4, Higginbotham 1 0 2. Totals 28 19 76
Halftime: Middletown, 34-29. 3-pointers: M – 3 (Marshall, Edwards, Jackson), LW – 1 (Barnes).