by Harris Kinsey
copyright the Chronicle 2-27-2013
Coming off a tough loss to Enosburg, the Lake Region Rangers boys basketball team hoped to get back to their winning ways at home on February 19.
On the night seniors Caleb Prue, Shaquille Urie, and Drew Gallup were honored, they played hard and came out on top 69-49. Junior Clint Provoncha led Lake Region with 20 points, Alex Beauregard had 16, and Dennis Newland added 13 points for the Rangers. Kris Wehner led BFA Fairfax with 22 points but didn’t have much help as Lake Region played tough defense and kept them at bay.
The first quarter started out fast for Lake Region with Newland connecting on a jumper only 20 seconds into the game to put Lake Region up 2-0. Beauregard followed with a field goal right after that to put Lake Region up 4-0. BFA was held scoreless until the 4:08 mark when Wehner scored on a layup for BFA’s first points of the game. However, Lake Region’s defense continued to be very good, and BFA only sscored six points in the first quarter compared to 25 points for Lake Region. After the first quarter of play the score was 25-6 Lake Region.
Lake Region scored the second quarter’s first point at the 6:40 mark on a free throw by Gallup, but it was BFA getting the first field goal of the quarter at the 5:55 mark on a jumper by Doug Legris. Lake Region would not hit a field goal until the 4:58 mark on a layup by Beauregard. BFA made a little bit of a run in the quarter and scored 15 points but Lake Region scored 11 points to maintain their lead. At the end of the first half the score was 36-21 in favor of Lake Region.
The third quarter started out with Wehner getting the first score of the quarter for BFA with two free throws at the 7:21 mark. Lake Region answered right back 14 seconds later on a layup by Newland. Lake region got a little careless in the third with forcing plays that weren’t there and had some turnovers. BFA played well in the quarter and scored 16 points to 12 points for Lake Region. After the third quarter came to a close the game was closer with Lake Region leading 48-37.
Newland hit a free throw 35 seconds into the fourth quarter for the first score of the quarter. Lake Region’s defense took over the fourth forcing bad passes, travels and steals, as well as forcing BFA to throw passes that were not smart passes. Lake Region scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, many coming on transition baskets. BFA could only manage 12 points. The game ended with Lake Region winning 69-49.
After the game LR Coach James Ingalls said, “The guys played with intensity on defense tonight. We had kind of been in a lull on the defensive end, so to see that, was great. Another reason we played better is defense turned into offense for us, we controlled the boards, and our half court offense was better. The guys worked their butts off tonight. It was a team effort to get this win tonight.”