Lake Taylor in state playoffs for first time in 33 years

NORFOLK (WAVY) — For the first time since 1983, the Lake Taylor boy’s basketball team is in the state basketball playoffs.

Riding a 12-game winning streak, and a 22-4 record, the Titans play William Byrd from Roanoke this Friday night at the Ted Constant Center in the 4A state quarterfinals.

“To play at home in front of your home fans after 33 years is a testament to the hard work that these guys put in,” coach Kenny Brown said.

One word that describes Lake Taylor is chemistry. A lot of the team has been playing together since middle school, and they’re as close on the court as they are off it.

“We’re like a family,”  senior Emmanuel Cuffee said. “We just have fun, play basketball, that’s our thing that we connect with and through that we learn life skills”

The Titans won their conference, and as a higher seed, got to play on their home court as they brought home a regional crown for the first time in decades.

“After we won all the alumni ran out on the court and took pictures,” Cuffee said. “It was an emotional night.”

With a conference and regional title in the bag, the attention is now turned to the biggest prize of all, a state championship

“If we go all the way and win this it will be talked about for a long time,” senior Gabe Miller said. “It’s a great feeling that I’m the starting point guard, leader, captain, it’s a good little feeling.”

Lake Taylor against William Byrd in the 4A state quarterfinals, Friday afternoon at 3:45 at Old Dominion.

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