High School Sports

3A Boys pregame: Daniel vs. Lake City

WHO: Daniel Lions vs. Lake City Panthers.

WHEN: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Colonial Life Arena

INTERNET BROADCAST: www.schsl.tv

RECORDS: Daniel 22-3, Lake City 24-4

COACHES: Jeff Maness, Daniel; Willie Thomas, Lake City

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The Lions haven't lost to a school from South Carolina this year and have a bona fide star in DeAndre Hopkins. They have four players averaging double figures, so they can beat you in multiple ways. The Panthers are going for their first-ever state title. Dashawn Butler and Corey Baker provide a solid 1-2 punch, but they might need a big game from someone else to match Daniel's explosive scoring.

STARTING LINEUPS

LIONS

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-4 Shaq Lawson 12.5

F 6-3 Justin Dotson 13.3

G 6-2 Antonio Cannon 13.4

G 5-10 Cedrick Smith 5.6

G 6-3 DeAndre Hopkins 11.5

PANTHERS

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-2 Corey Baker 13.4

C 6-5 Domanic Wilson 4.8

G 5-10 Bryce Thomas 6.3

G 5-8 Martin Cooper 7.7

G 6-0 Dashawn Butler 14.2

BOTTOM LINE

Daniel might have too much firepower offensively for Lake City. The one thing the Panthers do have is coach Willie Thomas, who has won five previous state titles at other stops. Expect them to stay close with the Lions coming out on top in the end.

- Chris Dearing

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