ORLEANS–Lake Region dropped its’ 5th straight contest Friday night in a match-up against the Lyndon Institute Vikings by the score of 49-39.
The Rangers looked determined to end the losing streak and started off the contest better than their last matchup against the Vikes. In their previous meeting, the blue and white found themselves trailing 19-4 after the first 8 minutes of play.
The beginning of this game was a different story. The Rangers opened up on a 7-0 run thanks to baskets by Seth Lawson and Alex Beauregard, and found themselves leading 11-6 after the first quarter of play. After closing to within 1 of the lead, the Vikings ran in to trouble and couldn’t find a way through the Ranger D, as Lake Region was able to hold L.I scoreless for the final 4 minutes of the quarter.
After extending the lead to 15-6, the Rangers began to falter and Lyndon would go on a 10-0 run to take the lead back with just over 2 minutes of play left in the half. Lake Region mounted a comeback late, with baskets from James Margolla and Drew Gallup to pull ahead 20-17 at the break.
The blue and white started the 2nd half strong, as they would score 7 unanswered in the first minute to extend the lead to 10 at 27-17, but that is when things began to unravel. The Vikings would go on a 13-3 run to tie the game at 30 apiece at the end of the 3rd. Sloppy ball handling and poor shot selection contributed to the lack of offense for the Rangers.
Lake Region would regain the lead briefly in the 4th quarter as Tony Stuart put in a reverse lay-up and Lawson would hit a baseline jumper to put them on top 34-30, but that would be the last time LR would find themselves out in front.
A Mason Lantz 3 for Lyndon would cut the score to 34-33 and a Jason Lau and-1 on the next possession would give the Vikings a 36-34 lead they would never relinquish, pulling away for the 49-39 win.
Free throw shooting was the story of the contest as the Vikings were able to go 14-18 from the charity stripe, including 9-10 in the second half. On the flip side, Lake Region would only go 5-17 from the line for the entire game.
Seth Lawson would reach double digits with 10 points and Alex Beauregard chipped in with 7 for the Rangers. The Vikings would have 3 players reach double digits, led by Kyle Cipollone with 14, while Lau had 11, and Lantz 10.
After the contest Coach James Ingalls was unavailable for comment, but Assistant Coach Andre Messier would say that, “Free throws were the story of the game. They made them and we didn’t. We need to regroup and go after the next one.”
The loss, the 5th in a row for the Rangers, drops them to (1-5) on the season and they will travel to Missisquoi Thursday afternoon to take on Matt St. Amour and the Thunderbirds. This is a rematch of a contest from just last week, where the T-birds won 51-43. Tip-off will be at 7:00.