ORLEANS–Lake Region got their 2012-2013 campaign off to a great start, defeating Lyndon Institute 61-53 to move to 1-0 on the season.
"We knew coming in that this was going to be one of the top teams we face this season," said head coach James Ingalls. "One through five, they have a very quick team and my guys knew they would have to play a ball game to be in this game and take it, and they did."
Play got going with LI's Kyle Cipollone hitting two from the charity stripe, followed by LR's Dennis Newland’s bucket, then another two form the line by Cipollone.
Then it was Alex Beauregard nailing a three on a pass from Matt Messier, before Cipollone hit again.
Back and forth they went, right until the end of the quarter, when the Rangers pulled ahead on Dakota McAllister's buzzer beating three pointer.
The Vikings once again put up 14 points in the second quarter, with Cipollone again leading the charge.
Lake Region mustered only 12 points, this time with recent North Country transplant Caleb Prue matching Cipollone's five points.
"Caleb is still in the learning phases of how to fit in with the crew here," said Ingalls. "He doesn't want to step on any toes. He is a heck of a ball player, and when that all comes together, he is going to make us that much better."
Prue had a challenging week, after his family's home was destroyed by fire.
At both the Lake Region game, and the next day's North Country game, the proceeds were donated to the Prue family.
If you are interested in helping out Caleb and his family, please contact the Lake Region school to inquire how to go about it.
Ahead 29-28 to begin the third quarter, the Rangers finally got some separation, as their fifteen point effort was six points better than Lyndon's, and they were up by seven 44-37 as the horn sounded.
It was a rough eight minutes, as Beauregard was sent to the floor twice, but he is fighter, and he, along with the rest of the Rangers, soldiered on.
Shaquille Urie's eight points were a team-high in the fourth, ann Lake Region did their job, protecting the lead and earning the win.
Drew Gallup spread out his scoring among all four quarters, and led the team with 14 points.
Cipollone had a game high 17 for 1-2 Lyndon.
One thing you noticed out on the court was how quick the Rangers looked, and Ingalls spoke to that after the game.
"One through eleven we're quicker. Our big guys for the most can run, and we are guard laden, so the guys know at any given time they could play any position depending on what kind of offense we are in, which gives us a lot of leeway."
The Rangers will be back in action on Thursday, matching up with Peoples Academy at 7:00.