By Phil Albert
Special to the Daily
Lovejoy had no answers for Creekside sharpshooter Travious Relaford in the second half of the Region 4-AAAAA boys basketball contest Tuesday evening at Lovejoy.
Relaford scored 24 of his game-high 26 points in the second half and overtime periods, leading visiting Creekside (6-2, 4-1) to a 55-48 victory over the host Wildcats (5-6, 4-1).
Lovejoy suffered its fifth consecutive loss overall despite starting out on fire, paced by the shooting of Cameron Solomon.
Solomon hit three 3-point field goals in the first quarter as Lovejoy built a 15-8 lead.
But Lovejoy scored only six points in the second quarter to hold onto a 21-18 halftime lead.
Creekside gained its first lead on one of four 3-point field goals in the third quarter by Relaford. Relaford scored all of Creekside's 13 points in the third quarter, but Lovejoy still held on to a 34-32 lead entering the fourth.
Both teams exchanged baskets in the fourth quarter before Lovejoy's Ernest Atterberry's bucket with just 32 seconds remaining tied the game at 47. Both teams exchanged turnovers in the final seconds, sending the game into overtime.
Relaford then scored six of Creekside's eight points in overtime, while Lovejoy scored a single point.
"It is what it is," Lovejoy coach Rick Francis said following the setback. "He (Relaford) was tough to cover. We're missing two starters to injuries (Morris Mitchell and Christian Ashford). We're just hoping for something good to happen. We need our role players to step up."
Solomon led Lovejoy with 14 points and Justin Tuoyo added 12, 10 coming after halftime.
In the girls' contest, Lovejoy rolled to an easy 59-26 victory over the winless Lady Seminoles (0-10).
Tyree Mellion led the winning Lady Wildcats (5-7) with 16 points, 13 coming in the first half. Bria Joyner-Williams added 12 and Kendra Boehning contributed 10. Naville Paul added seven.
Lovejoy held Creekside to under 10 points in each quarter. Lovejoy led 9-3 after the first quarter, 26-10 at halftiime and 44-17 after three quarters.