The Livingston Academy Wildcats showed how tough they could play when they faced off against the Cumberland County Jets in the regional tournament. It was a down and dirty game resulting in many fouls on both sides, but the Wildcats kept the lead throughout the game and beat the Jets by eight points.
Both teams showed their defensive skills at the start of the game, but the Jets could not keep the Wildcat offense from scoring. Carter Hayes made two back-to-back three pointers to kick off an early L.A. lead. Jakob Craig was on his toes when a shot bounced out of the basket and he made the rebound. He scored three points with an outside shot. Craig also scored on a fast break layup, was fouled and connected on the free throw. The Jets started to become frustrated toward the end of the first half and it showed as their defense began to play rougher in an effort to stop the Wildcats from scoring. Wade Neely took the ball down the court and to the goal and took a hard hit by an illegal Cumberland County screen, but still scored two points. At the end of the first half, the Wildcats headed into the locker room with a five point lead.
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