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LAKEWOOD — Overland's Trailblazers realize it. They are the traveling circus in Class 5A, the defending state
champions, the team with the best player and the group everyone wants to take on and watch.
Their tour stopped in Lakewood on Tuesday for a nonleaguer against the undermanned Tigers and Overland dutifully gave out a lesson, winning 74-38 and looking good doing it.
It's the kind of game that will be part of their 2015-16 season, and they're quite aware of it. The Trailblazers will be the subject of target practice.
"It's just the way it is," coach Danny Fisher said. "It's a nice place to be, and I'm not complaining."
Nor is senior point guard Reggie Gibson, who's about 20 pounds lighter and being asked to hold a larger leadership role.
"Everybody's trying to come at us, because we won state," he said. "We have to come out and do our best."
The Trailblazers, top-ranked in The Associated Press 5A media poll, 2-0 this season and winners of 19 consecutive games dating to last season, actually trailed 9-1, didn't blink and used two 15-0 runs to quickly restore order. Gibson (13 points), Alijah Halliburton (12) and Jervae Robinson (11) led the way, and all Indiana signee De'Ron Davis had to do was show up defensively.
Junior Jacob Story led Lakewood with 21 points, but it missed junior guard Kolton Peterson, the team's top scorer, who's still sidelined with a concussion suffered last week. He's expected to be ready to play in the Smoky Hill tournament.
Overland next hosts Chaparral on Friday before leaving next week for a tournament in Las Vegas, the Tarkanian Classic.
Overland 11 26 23 14 — 74
Lakewood 11 8 5 14 — 38