CHEROKEE — Final game in the Lancer Classic Basketball Tournament, the Southeast Lancers boys' basketball team fell to the Erie Red Devils 46-35 Saturday evening at Southeast High School.
A back-and-forth, fast-paced game between the Lancers and the Red Devils saw several turnovers by both teams. The Lancers failed to capitalize on the Red Devils’ mistakes, giving Erie the edge in the game. The Red Devils took the lead by the intermission, and never relinquished it in the second half.
According to Southeast’s head coach Timothy Simpson, he emphasized that his team failed to hit clutch shots and did not take care of the ball.
“In my fast-paced offense, we can’t turn over the ball and not take smart shots,” Simpson said.
The Lancers were led in scoring by Cole Burdette and Chandler Jackson, who finished with 13 points and eight points in the loss.
Coach Simpson in search of team leadership moving forward for his Southeast boys, and he is hoping Burdette and Jackson can fill that role.
Simpson explained Jackson is probably his most consistent player, giving 100 percent effort in every game. He went in depth on how Burdette is great at leading by example, but he is pushing him to become a more vocal leader for the rest of his teammates.
Heading into the second half of the season, Simpson is hoping those two players — who already have the talent to be the leaders — will step up and be the guys his team can rally around moving forward. He is looking for the pair to be the glue for the Lancers down the stretch.
Southeast finished the Lancer Classic in sixth place, going 1-2 as the host school.
Coach Simpson felt his team had up-and-down moments in the Lancer Classic. He is looking for them to find more of a consistency during the upcoming schedule in order to have success.
“As long as the effort it there, I am proud of my guys,” Simpson said. “This game is like life, you have your bad days and your good days. What you always have to do is get back up to your feet, no matter what.”
Starting at the 6:59-minute mark in the fourth quarter, Erie held Southeast scoreless for nearly five minutes of game action. During that span, the Red Devils upped their advantage to 12 points, 43-31.
The Lancers were unable to regain enough momentum on the offensive end to establish themselves down the stretch to make a run at the lead.