by Harris Kinsey
copyright the Chronicle 1-9-2013
After playing three consecutive games on the road, the Lake Region boys varsity hoped to get a win at home. They played hard and came out on top 75-65 over Missisquoi Thursday night, January 3.
Drew Gallup paced Lake Region with 20 points. Clint Provoncha and Caleb Prue added 17 points apiece to guide the Rangers. Matthieu St. Amour of Missisquoi led all scorers with 39 points but didn’t get much help, as the other players for Missisquoi just couldn’t get it done against Lake Region’s defense.
In the first quarter Missisquoi scored first on a shot by R.J. Machia to go up 2-0. Then a steal and a layup by Drew Gallup tied the game at 2. Then St. Amour hit a three pointer. Missisquoi 5, Lake Region 2.
Lake Region scored again to pull within one, but St. Amour hit two more threes. Missisquoi 11, Lake Region 4.
Lake Region then came back with strong defense and timely scoring. The first quarter ended with the score 15-13 in favor of Missisquoi.
Lake Region came out with a great showing in the second quarter. The first score of the second quarter came on two free throws by Provoncha to tie the game at 15.
Then Lake Region’s defense took over the quarter. They forced turnover after turnover. Mainly on steals, but they forced bad plays. Their defense was so good that Missisquoi didn’t score until the 1:55 mark of the second quarter on two free throws by St. Amour. They only hit a three and a two-point shot for a total of seven points in the entire quarter. Lake Region turned many of those turnovers into baskets, and scored 18 points in the quarter. At halftime the score stood at 31-22 in favor of Lake Region.
Lake Region came out in the third quarter and picked up where they left off. Caleb Prue scored the first points of the quarter for Lake Region. Lake Region’s defense was just as good as in the second quarter, and held Missisquoi scoreless until the 4:33 mark of the third quarter, when St. Amour made a free throw. Missisquoi was held to 14 points in the third while Lake Region also scored 14 points. After three quarters of play Lake Region led 45-36.
The fourth quarter turned out to be the most exciting quarter. Matthieu St Amour took over the quarter with 16 points to lead a hard charge by Missisquoi. However, Drew Gallup contributed ten points of his own in the quarter for Lake Region. Caleb Prue scored the first bucket of the quarter and Alex Larose answered back a minute later for Missisquoi. The game went back and forth the whole quarter. Missisquoi pulled close, but Lake Region made key free throws and hit timely shots down the stretch to put the game away. The final score was Lake Region 75, Missisquoi 65 .
After the game LR coach James Ingalls said, “We played very well tonight. Our calling card is our defense, and again our defense was very tough. Our defense leads to offense for us as we like to run the floor, and tonight was no different. Everybody contributed tonight. It was a real team effort.”
Lake Region’s next games are January 5 at Lyndon, and then Monday, January 7, against Winooski at home.