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The LRHS boys pose with their Kingdom of the Sun trophy

Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For most Mustangs winter break is a time to relax, enjoy the holidays, and spend time with family and friends. The LRHS varsity basketball team, however, did not have much time to relax.

The boys competed in a tough home game against Bishop Snyder from Jacksonville on Dec. 22 and the Kingdom of the Sun tournament in Ocala, Florida Dec. 26-30.

Bishop Snyder kicked off a tough stretch of games for the Mustangs. The boys suffered a 48-46 loss after Bishop Snyder junior Corey Walker hit the game winning shot.

LRHS senior Joshua Young commented on Corey Walker’s game winning shot, “It was a tough way to lose, but you don’t lose a game on one shot. I thought we battled hard the whole game and I was proud of our team.”

Young also wanted to stress the importance of learning from a loss to improve as a team.

“I was really proud of our effort. The reason we play a tough schedule is to learn from our mistakes for both the players and coaches. That type of learning will help us improve for later in the season,” said LRHS head varsity basketball coach Jeremy Schiller.

The boys then enjoyed a nice couple of days off for the holiday before heading out to the Kingdom of the Sun tournament.

The first game was against Coral Springs Charter, from Coral Springs, Florida. LRHS could not bounce back, losing by a final score of 66-48. After the loss to Coral Springs, LRHS was out of contention for the championship of the main bracket and were placed in the consolation bracket.

The next game was played against Columbia High School out of Decatur, Georgia. LRHS rallied in a hard-fought game and escaped with a 57-52 win.

Orlando Jones, from Orlando, Florida, was the next game for the Mustangs. The game stayed close the entire way, but the Mustangs ended up winning in overtime 59-56.

After two consecutive wins LRHS was in the consolation championship game against Rockledge High School. These two teams played each other last year in the tournament for the third-place game, which LRHS won.

It was a tight game before the Mustangs pulled away in the second half and won 50-41.

The three consecutive victories allowed the Mustangs to win the 2018 Kingdom of the Sun consolation championship.

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