Lawson Back In Gear

HOUSTON – It was just another day at the office for Tywon Lawson.

The Oak Hill Academy (Va.) point guard, in his fourth game since returning from a seven-game suspension, helped the Warriors stave off a potential upset in a 89-64 victory against Peabody High (La.) on Wednesday.

The final score wasn't indicative of how close to the game was after the first 16 minutes. Entering the second half, Oak Hill led by only 8 points.

"They surprised us," Lawson said. "We thought it would be an easy game."

Then Lawson & Co. took over.

"He was good all four quarters, when we were only good for two quarters," Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. "He's been solid all year and has shot the ball better than a year ago." Lawson finished with 25 points and dished out five assists without committing a single turnover.

"He's just so quick," said Peabody's Marcus Simmons, who had the unenviable task of trying to contain Lawson. "He's so fast and then he goes to another level of speed."

Lawson said it was difficult to sit out earlier in the season. He didn't travel for the first two games he missed, but then sat courtside and had to watch the final handful as his team continued to win.

"I would have liked to have played," Lawson said. "But I think it helped me in a way. I got a chance to rest."

While Lawson displayed his explosiveness, ballhandling ability, ridiculously quick first step and also his NBA range in the victory against Peabody, there are still areas he knows he'll need to improve before stepping foot on campus at Chapel Hill.

"I need to be more vocal, get a mid-range game and still improve my 3-point shooting," Lawson said.

Lawson connected on two of his four attempts from long distance (both were of NBA range) and got to the basket virtually whenever he wanted.

After the Academy National Invitational this week, Lawson will go back home to Maryland and return to Oak Hill on Jan. 10. While on his break, he's hoping to get to Chapel Hill for the game against N.C. State on Jan. 7.

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