TIDE ROLLING: Minden boys defeat Lakeside 73-55

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Minden’s boys basketball team is getting close to matching last year’s win total only a few weeks into this season.

Last night, the Tide beat Lakeside on the road in a 73-55 win.

“It was a great team win on both sides of the ball,” Minden head coach Rennie Bailey said. “I’m very proud of how we shared the ball and played team basketball.”

Minden improves to 5-1 this year on the back of some impressive defensive performances.

“Our focus is on defense,” Bailey said. “We want to guard 94 feet and pressure and stress the other team mentally. We did a good job of that tonight.”

The Tide were led by Zi Crawford’s 17 points. Curtis Carter added 16 and Cedric Emerson had 12 points to help Minden beat the Warriors.

“Our full-court defense was effective for 32 minutes against Lakeside,” Bailey said. “Once the ball got into the half court, we continued to defend.”

Already in such a young season, Bailey has seen improvements across the board.

“We played well for 32 minutes,” he said. “We had at least 15 assists, which means we were making the extra pass. I’m proud of that.

“We made open shots. We need to clean up a bit with finishing layups in traffic. Besides that, we did what we needed to do.”

Lakeside was led by O’Darius Willis’ 15 points. Branthony Brown added 12, with Austin Sims and Travion Sanders pitching in 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Minden doesn’t get much of a break, turning around today to head to Haughton for a weekend tournament that will test Minden once again. The lone loss for the Tide came in the Lakeside tournament.

The Tide play Parkway tonight at Haughton at 8 p.m.

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