The game was barely three minutes old, his team was already out to a comfortable lead and senior guard Jay Lamothe crashed into the scorers table diving for a loose ball.
He didn’t get there in time, but per usual, Lamothe was setting the tone.
It didn’t take long for his teammates to match his effort as the North Carolina JV men's basketball team rolled to a 103-45 blow out win over visiting Trinity.
“He’s our leader,” JV head coach Hubert Davis said of Lamothe. “For any team to be its best, you have to have a guy that’s an extension of the coach. Jay is that.”
Listed at a generous 6 feet tall, Lamothe is one of the team’s best low post scorers, doing most of his damage from inside the paint using creativity and toughness. Davis says he points to Lamothe as a role model for the rest of his team.