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Northwest beats Blake 68-63

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Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

GERMANTOWN – Tivon Lake and Xavier Bradley combined for 34 points on Tuesday to lead Northwest to a 68-63 home victory over Blake.

With the game tied at 27 late in the second quarter, Northwest went on a 14-2 run to take a 41-29 lead at halftime.

Bradley, a 6-foot junior guard, registered eight points during the late second quarter rally and finished with 16 points.

“He’s been huge for us all year,” said Northwest head coach Usman Jamil. “A lot of people ask who is your best player? Elliot [Gambrell] gets a lot of the pub for Northwest. We’ve heard coaches and other refs say ‘Wow’ Elliot can play but I really think X is right there.”

Gambrell, who finished with eight points against Blake, suffered a bloody nose in the heat of battle but Jamil said the senior guard should be fine.

“He don’t miss a beat,” said the coach. “He’s been consistent all year for us, offensively and defensively. He’s the glue to this team. He’s amazing.”

Meanwhile, Lake, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the first half.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Jamil. “Here’s a kid we’re talking who barely played last year and didn’t play jayvee at all so you’re talking about a very inexperienced player that’s hit double digits in points and rebounds many times for us this season. That’s pretty big.”

Blake 6-foot-4 junior guard Demonte Ojinnaka scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Bengals. Senior guard A.J. Butts finished with ten points and classmate Stefan Sigwalt added nine points for the Bengals who have lost ten of their last eleven games heading into Friday night’s matchup at Magruder.

Northwest, who earned their second win in three games, plays host to Blair on Friday night.

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