Bronchitis and an inner ear infection had Lafayette boys' basketball coach Greg Coldiron feeling lower than a sneaker sole last week.
If that wasn't enough, his Generals, missing three starters due to disciplinary reasons, lost to Ryle on Saturday and fell out of the top 25.
Coldiron was badly in need of a pick-me-up, and he got it Tuesday night when Lafayette whipped Tates Creek 65-56.
"Coach has been sick, and the best thing we could do was to come out and get a win for him," said senior Mike Walker, who led the Generals with 18 points, six rebounds and boundless energy.
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"This was probably our best game of the season all together, defensively and offensively."
Coldiron admitted to feeling fairly chipper after watching his team go on a 20-5 run starting late in the third quarter to break it open.
"It was a good, physical, hard-fought game," Coldiron said. "We played pretty well on both ends of the floor, but I really thought our man-to-man was pretty good, and that picked up our offense, too."
Jackson Davis, a 6-foot-6 eighth-grader, had his best game as a Lafayette varsity player. The son of former UK player Jonathan Davis, Jackson had 13 points, including a couple of timely mid-range jumpers, and nine rebounds.
"What about Jackson Davis?!" Coldiron said. "Doing that against the No. 13 team in the state.
"I'm proud of all my guys. They all played well tonight."
John Burton and Tanner Napier had 11 points apiece. Dominique Hagans, a 6-2 senior, had 12 rebounds to go with eight points and three steals.
"We really needed this," Coldiron said. "We've really been struggling. This is more like we were playing early in the season."
Tates Creek Coach Wayne Breeden credited Lafayette for "playing extremely hard and extremely physical.
"We've got to learn to play that way if that's the way it's going to be."
Breeden pointed to Lafayette's 19 offensive rebounds, and his Commodores' 18 turnovers, as the key statistics.
Tates Creek's defense did a decent job in the first half, limiting the Generals to 29 percent shooting. But the Commodores had 10 turnovers, enabling Lafayette to lead 27-25 at halftime.
The Generals shot 54 percent in the second half, taking advantage of their overall quickness to get to the rim and scrap for rebounds.
Once Lafayette got on a roll, the three-pointers started falling. Burton and Napier both hit a pair from long range in the fourth quarter as the visitors led by as many as 16 points.
Tates Creek was paced by Ryan Fucci's 21 points and six rebounds. Marcellus Barksdale had 13 points and seven rebounds.
This was the third meeting between the city rivals. Lafayette beat the Commodores 80-72 in mid-December, then lost to them 51-49 in Montgomery County's holiday tournament.
The third-time around belonged to the Generals, whom Walker predicted will jump back into the top 25 next week.
LAFAYETTE (14-2) — Napier 3-9 2-3 11, Shaw 0-3 0-2 0, Hagans 4-10 0-0 8, Davis 6-10 1-2 13, Walker 8-18 0-0 18, Yarbrough 1-5 2-2 4, Burton 3-7 3-4 11. Totals 25-62 8-13 65.
TATES CREEK (11-6) — Fucci 7-18 5-6 21, Barksdale 5-8 3-6 13, Gibson 3-7 0-1 7, Garner 1-2 1-1 3, Daugherty 2-7 1-2 5, Potter 2-4 0-0 4, Ingram 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 21-50 11-18 56.
Lafayette 16 11 10 28—65
Tates Creek 16 9 11 20—56