In boys basketball: LR loses to Burr and Burton in semi-finals

Caleb Prue’s basket gave Lake Region Union High School a first quarter lead in the semi-final game Wednesday.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Caleb Prue’s basket gave Lake Region Union High School a first quarter lead in the semi-final game Wednesday. Photo by Joseph Gresser

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 3-11-2013

Coming off their quarterfinal win, the Lake Region boys baskeball team hoped to carry that momentum into Barre Auditorium for their semifinal against Burr and Burton, and into the championship game.

They played hard at the auditorium Wednesday night, March 6, for four quarters but came up short 80-62.  Joey Shehadi led all scorers with 26 points, and Jake Stalcup added 18 points for the Bulldogs.  Clint Provoncha led Lake Region with 17 points, and had help with Caleb Prue scoring 13 points, and Drew Gallup adding 12.  But it wasn’t enough to stop Burr and Burton, who had many weapons on their team who could score from different spots on the floor.

The first quarter started well for Lake Region with Dennis Newland scoring the first points

In an last-ditch effort to keep the Rangers' hopes alive, Clint Provoncha dives to retrieve a loose ball.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

In an last-ditch effort to keep the Rangers’ hopes alive, Clint Provoncha dives to retrieve a loose ball. Photo by Joseph Gresser

of the game on an offensive rebound and putback to put Lake Region up 2-0.  Burr and Burton answered back on two free throws by Taylor Fuller.  The Rangers went on a little run, helped along with some good defense, and finished the quarter strong.  At the end of the first quarter of play Lake Region had the lead at 18-14.

Burr and Burton got the first points of the second quarter on two free throws by Shehadi 34 seconds into the period.  Lake Region answered back at the 6:36 mark on a jumper by Prue to retake a four-point lead at 20-16.  It didn’t take long for Burr and Burton to tie the game at 20.  After the game was tied, Lake Region’s defense started to break down.  Burr and Burton went on an 18-2 run, and Lake Region struggled on offense as well as defense.  Lake Region scored only eight points in the second quarter, compared to 25 points for the Bulldogs.  At halftime Burr and Burton had a 13-point lead, 39-26.

The third quarter got going at the 6:45 mark on a layup by Stalcup.  Lake Region answered back 27 seconds later on a three-pointer by Alex Beauregard.  Lake Region’s defense was better in the third quarter, but Burr and Burton still played very good basketball.  Shehadi scored eight points in the quarter including two three-pointers.  Lake Region held Burr and Burton to 16 points in the third and scored 17 points of their own.  After three quarters of play Lake Region still trailed by 12 points 55-43.

Clint Provoncha led the Rangers in scoring, with 17 points.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Clint Provoncha led the Rangers in scoring, with 17 points. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Lake Region got off to a good start in the fourth quarter with Gallup connecting on a jumper just 38 seconds in.  They hoped that would give them some momentum, but Burr and Burton would answer back six seconds later on a layup by Fuller to go back up by 12.  Three-pointers by Prue, Provoncha, and Dakota McCallister helped, but it only delayed the inevitable.  Burr and Burton was just a little too strong, and scored 25 points in the fourth quarter.  Lake Region managed to score 19 points, but lost by 18.  The game ended with a score of 80-62 in favor of the Bulldogs.

After the game LR Coach James Ingalls said, “We met a really good team tonight.  They played well for 32 minutes.  We had stretches where we played great basketball.  The

Drew Gallup keeps his focus despite the efforts of Burr and Burton defenders to foil his shot.  Gallup finished the game with 12 points.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Drew Gallup keeps his focus despite the efforts of Burr and Burton defenders to foil his shot. Gallup finished the game with 12 points. Photo by Joseph Gresser

18-2 run they had broke our back, and we just couldn’t come back from that.  My players have nothing to be ashamed of.  We had a great season, and I hope they can hold their heads high.”

Lake Region finished their season with a record of 20-3.

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