Tuesday evening, sub region favorite Evans visited its second hostile environment - Lakeside High School - in as many region outings, and again emerged with a one point road victory. Towards the end of this intense matchup, Evans' K'Lon Lovett missed a 1-and-1 opportunity at the free throw line, giving Lakeside the ball, trailing by one point. But point guard BJ Raymond's shot fell short as time expired as Evans escaped with a 57-56 win.
The Knights jumped out to a 10-3 lead early. But the Panthers answered with a 8-0 run of their own, capped off by Raymond's banked 3 pointer at the buzzer to end the 1st quarter and give Lakeside an 18-14 advantage. But Evans came roaring back as Lovett led an 8-3 second quarter run to even the game at 30 leading into intermission.
After the Knights built a 9 point third quarter advantage, Lakeside's Bryce Adair converted another Panther three pointer just before the third quarter buzzer to narrow the deficit to 42-38 leading into the 4th quarter. And after trailing throughout the final period, Raymond's layup with under a minute remaining brought Lakeside within striking distance of the Knights.
Evans (13-3, 2-0), a balanced and deep team, was led by a trio of players - Damion Foreman, Jacob Buchanan, and Lovett - who each scored 14 points. Lakeside's Sam Powell led the way for the Panthers with 13 points, and Raymond added 12.