Los Angeles Preps: Austin Kegley

LA North and LA South: Lakewood 66, Thousand Oaks 57

February, 16, 2011
THOUSAND OAKS - - Dominique Lanier used a one-bounce dribble to his right, followed by a head-and-shoulders fake to temporarily freeze the defender in front of him and a quick crossover back to the left to create separation and get to the basket during the first half of Wednesday night's Southern Section boys' basketball playoff game.

The series of moves was so successful, in fact, the 6-foot-3 senior guard from Lakewood High decided to go back to the well time after time in the second half. And why not? Thousand Oaks, after all, never figured out a way to shut him down.

Lanier was seemingly unstoppable from start to finish and nearly had a triple-double before ending up with 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to guide visiting Lakewood to a 66-57 victory in a first-round game of Division 1AA play.

“Dominique was fun to watch tonight, I can say that much,'' Lakewood coach Matt Ruiz said. “He kept attacking and attacking, what a game.''

The fact Lanier & Co. did so well shouldn't come as a major surprise. Remember, the Lancers (17-10) play in the same league, the Moore, as the divisions top-seeded team, Long Beach Poly. Lakewood is a battled-tested bunch, no doubt about it.

Thousand Oaks (22-5), on the other hand, came in with momentum after finishing in a tie for first place in the Marmonte League, with Simi Valley.

Nevertheless, Lakewood opened up the game with a sense of urgency and Lanier's put back gave the Lancers a 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Victor Jones had his way with Thousand Oaks defense in the second quarter. He scored 10 points over the course of a three minute stretch to extend lead to 10 points with 5:23 left in the first half of play. And teammate Zach Puling knocked down a three-pointer just before the buzzer sounded to give Lakewood a 32-24 advantage at intermission.

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