The No. 6 Sanford boys basketball team hosted unranked Howard Wildcats in front of a sold out crowd Thursday night. Sanford was riding a six game winning streak while Howard came in riding a 4 game winning streak.
From the opening tip Howard set the pace of the game both offensively and defensively. Their tenacious defense and attacking offense had Sanford on their heels the whole first half. They started the game off with an 8-0 run causing Sanford to use an early time out, but the Warriors were unable to come up with a game plan to slow down the Wildcats. Howard led the entire first half while taking an 11 point lead into the half by a score of 29-18.
Sanford came out in the third quarter with a plan to give the Wildcats a taste of their own medicine. They stepped up their pressure on defense and attacked the basket on offense changing roles with the Wildcats.
The Warriors went on to out score the Wildcats 29-7 in the third quarter taking their first lead of the game on a deep three from Khareem Hart who scored a team high 20 points for the Warriors with 2:10 left in the third quarter. The Warriors capped off the third scoring quarter on a put back from basket from Freshman Marquis Newsome who added 8 points for the Warriors. Sanford now found themselves with an 11 point lead as they lead 47-36.
Howard did put up a fight in the fourth quarter but was never able to climb out of the 11 point deficit after the big third quarter from the Warriors. Sanford held on to defeat Howard 69-61 to push their winning streak to seven straight games.
Howard was led by Sophomore guard Bryson Lane who scored 18 points for the Wildcats.
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