Saturday January 19, 2013

LEE -- After building a 20-point lead, the Lee boys basketball team knew Pittsfield was coming.

The Wildcats just didn't know their guests were bringing Evan Lanoue to the party.

The sophomore knocked down four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter -- including the game-winner with 16 seconds left -- to rally the Generals to a remarkable 60-58 victory inside Lee High School.

"I was just like, ‘Well, too bad for them leaving me open because I just hit my last three,' " Lanoue said. "I was just pumped for my team. Coming into Lee, you know it's always going to be a big game. I was happy, ‘Yes, we're up two. Let's finish this game out.' "

Lanoue finished with 15 -- all in the second half -- while Amancho Adopo led Pittsfield (8-3) with 17. Jake LePrevost rode a big third quarter to 36 points for Lee, but he fouled out late in the fourth. Teammate Heamon Williams added 19.

The game followed the script of Lee's 51-48 win last month in the Gene Wein tournament. The Wildcats built a big lead on Friday, going up 45-25 late in the third quarter. In the Wein game, Adopo almost rallied Pittsfield with nine points in the closing minutes.

Lee (4-6) coach Dan Korte had his eyes on Adopo this time, but it was Lanoue that burned the Wildcats. Lanoue's four 3s in the 31-point fourth for Pittsfield included a 4-point play that cut the lead to four. He had six of the Generals' final eight points.

"If he's going to shoot like that, they're going to be a tough team to beat," Korte said. "Adopo's so fast, you have to really commit to keep him from penetrating into the lane.

"But if he can draw the defense and kick out to guys who can knock down shots like that, they're hard to defend."

LePrevost was the one causing defensive fits for Pittsfield throughout the game. His second-quarter dunk highlighted an 11-3 run where he scored all 11 points. He didn't slow down any in the third, knocking down three 3s in a minute to put Lee up big.

Generals coach Steve Ray put Adopo on LePrevost defensively in the fourth -- a risky move considering Adopo's foul trouble that had sent him to the bench in the second. It paid off with LePrevost fouling out on a charge with 1:37 left.

"[Watching] was probably the hardest thing I've ever done," LePrevost said. "It was really bad, just knowing I couldn't do anything but sit there on the bench."

What LePrevost saw wasn't pretty. Lanoue didn't miss, providing the safety valve Adopo needs when the defense collapses on him. The final dagger came on an Adopo dish as the clock ticked under 20 seconds.

"I said here we come," Ray said. "I just didn't know if the clock was going to run out on us."

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