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Sneeds keep Arlington Lamar in playoff hunt

1/27/2012

With three Sneed brothers in the starting lineup, Arlington Lamar’s boys basketball team really is like a family.

There is Brandon, a 6-foot-4 junior; Jeremy, a 6-foot-2 sophomore; and Robert, a 6-foot-3 freshman.

“All three are pretty laid-back kids,’’ said second-year Lamar coach Zach Burks. “But they can be pretty competitive, too. They will get after each other.’’

Brandon and Robert have similar games and are capable of playing inside and outside. Jeremy’s role is more of a traditional guard.

In District 4-5A games, Robert is the leading scorer with a 12.6 average, followed by Brandon (9.9) and Jeremy (8.3).

The Sneeds have accounted for 53 percent of the Vikings’ points in district games. Despite fielding one of the area’s youngest teams, Lamar (9-14) is in third place in the district with a 5-3 record.

Lamar’s roster is made up of three freshmen, four sophomores, four juniors and only two seniors. The starting lineup consists of two freshmen, two juniors and one sophomore.

“We knew we were going to be young this season,’’ said Burks, “but we didn’t know we would be this young. It’s been interesting.’’

North Crowley and Arlington Martin are first and second, respectively, in 4-5A. Lamar owns a one-game lead over Fort Worth Paschal and Arlington Bowie with six games remaining.

“There’s a lot of basketball to be played and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,’’ Burks said. “We just need to take care of our business.’’

Lamar hosts Weatherford at 7:30 p.m. Friday.