ORLEANS-With a four game wining streak under their belts, the Lake Region Rangers looked to continue the trend. Visiting Danville had other ideas as they pulled away late for a 63-57 victory. The Indian backcourt had their way with the Rangers guards as Kyle Johnson and Scott Remick combined for 41 points for Danville. The tandem forced numerous turnovers, laying the groundwork for the Indians’ eleventh win of the year.
The up tempo contest saw two decidedly different styles opposing each other. Danville looked to push the tempo whenever possible while Lake Region wanted good half-court looks from their forwards.
The Indians looked to create an immediate wide open game from the tip-off. Tony Burrington drove hard to the rack where Drew Gallup stuffed him at the rim. The Rangers’ inside game was active early. Burley Derik Messier powered in for two and teammate Seth Lawson found the range inside as well on Lake Region’s second offensive possession. Dakota Macallister scored on a soft jumper and the game was tied at 6.
Lake Region’s superior size continued to work well. Six foot four inch James Margolla was a force in the paint, hitting a pair of put backs to help the Rangers forge a 12-12 tie after one period of play.
While the Ranger front-court more than held their own, Danville’s guards were scorching the Ranger backcourt. Danville point guard Scott Remick weaved his way through the blue and white defenders with his speed and ball handling. Remick netted eight in the second period alone.
The Rangers battled back with Messier muscling up for a bucket and senior Caleb Royer draining a three ball to bring his team within one at 20-19. Lawson knocked down a fifteen footer, keeping things tight. An odd trend developed as the first half wore on. Danville had no fouls called on them while Lake Region had nine. But Danville went zero for eight from the charity stripe in the first half.
Gallup, showing good passing skills, led 6’4” Marquel Webster with a great dish for two and with Lawson hitting a reverse layup after a Margolla bucket, the home team led 27-26 at intermission.
The Indians kept coming with the continual push of the rock resulting in an 18-12 point advantage in the third period. Kyle Johnson did most of his damage after intermission as he scored 18 of his game high 24 in the second half.
The Rangers would not go away however. Caleb Royer gave head coach James Ingalls great minutes off the bench with his “hell bent for leather” aggressive style. Several Rangers stepped up, including junior Shaquille Urie, who hit a three ball and dropped in an acrobatic lay-up off the lob pass. Margolla continued his personal assault on the glass and LRU was down only one with under a minute left.
A missed opportunity late with three low post attempts by LR and a pair of very costly turnovers by Ranger ball handlers spelled doom for Lake Region in the end. Danville cashed in late via charity tosses and the Rangers were on the short end with the final 63-57.
LRUHS was led by Margolla with seven field goals and two from the line for a team high 16. Lawson and Royer added nine each while Gallup finished with seven points, added nine boards, and had four helpers. Foul-stricken Darik Messier dropped in nine as well.
Danville, now 11-3, was paced by Johnson with 24, Scott Remick with 17 and Burrington ended up with a dozen.
Lake Region, now sporting a 5-9 overall record, snapped a four game win streak. The Ranger boys travel to Hardwick to do battle with an old nemesis, Hazen Union tonight.