Cardinals boys basketball take out Exeter in a double-digit win

Lindsay earns their sixth win in 47-32 victory at home over Exeter who is 6-9 on the season

LINDSAY – Exeter and Lindsay resumed their neighborly rival game for the first time since 2019 as the Cardinals welcomed the Monarchs to their home court last Tuesday. Unfortunately for Exeter they had to leave town with their ninth loss of the season so far.

On their way to a 47-32 win, the Cardinals made the most of their shot clock, draining it to just a few seconds before putting the ball in the air. It was winning strategy as Lindsay ended the first quarter up, 11-9. They extended their lead through the second quarter heading into half with a 25-20 advantage.

Lindsay head coach Frank Morin said his players are linked together as they’ve been practicing during the offseason to prepare for league once they return from winter break. The extra work must have paid off as Lindsay junior Mark Sobrepena led the third quarter with 13 points, nine points coming from three-pointers.

“He’s an extremely talented player. In a team setting, there are some challenges,” Morin said. “He’s such a skilled individual; he’s just learning how to work with his teammates and use them more efficiently when they can help him.”

Throughout his seven years coaching at Lindsay High School, Morin said all his players are fast and a tough set of boys who know how to play hard.

In the fourth quarter, Lindsay held the ball as much as possible to avoid any turnovers. The Cardinals ended the quarter having only added 3 points and a final tally of 47 points.

As the holidays have approached, many students have started their vacation on winter break. Exeter, unfortunately, lost players due to holiday plans. The Monarchs had to promote a junior varsity player to the varsity squad to fill out the roster as key player, Dewayne Coleman, spent the Dec. 22 game in Florida.

Exeter sophomore Andrew Taylor ended the game with 12 points, nine being three-pointers. Augusto De Castro followed him with 11 points.

Head coach Eli Garver said this is a growing season for him as some of his players are entering learning varsity level basketball, and others are still learning the game of basketball.

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