In boys basketball: LR’s defense dominates over Richford

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Drew Gallup prepares to shoot free throws in LR’s 66-43 win on January 22. Photo by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 1-30-2013

Coming off a win on the road over BFA Fairfax, the Lake Region varsity boys hoped to continue their winning ways versus Richford on January 22 at Don Harter Memorial Gym. They played hard for four quarters and dominated in a 66-43 win. Drew Gallup scored a team high 16 points and Alex Beauregard added 13 points for Lake Region. Brett McAllister led Richford with 20 points but didn’t have much help, as Lake Region’s defense was dominant throughout the game.
LR would score early in the first quarter on a three pointer by Alex Beauregard. Beauregard would score the first five points of the game as Lake Region jumped out early to a 5-0 lead. Lake Region went up 11-0 before Richford would score their first basket. The quarter ended with Lake Region leading 13-8.
The second quarter started with Lake Region scoring one minute into the quarter on a three-pointer by Caleb Prue. Lake Region 16, Richford 8. Richford finally scored with 5:20 left in the quarter on a field goal by Jeremy Franklin. Richford would then go on a little run and bring the game closer. They were able to create some turnovers as Lake Region got a little careless with the ball, and went on to score 17 points in the quarter to Lake Region’s 19. At halftime the score stood at 32-25 in favor of Lake Region.
The third quarter got under way with Lake Region scoring first again on a field goal by Dennis Newland. Richford answered right back on a three-pointer by Brett McAllister. Richford would hang close throughout the quarter. They answered almost every basket Lake Region scored with a score of their own. Richford scored 15 points in the quarter to 16 points for Lake Region. The third quarter ended with Lake Region leading 49-41.
The fourth quarter would start fast for Lake Region. Drew Gallup scored 38 seconds into the quarter. Then Lake Region’s defense completely took over. They dominated Richford. Richford couldn’t do anything right. Lake Region forced turnover after turnover: bad passes, steals, out of bounds, travels. It was some of the best defense they’ve played this year. On the offensive end Lake Region would pick Richford’s defense apart, and Richford had a hard time stopping them. Richford would finally score with 35 seconds left in the game on a field goal by Brett McAllister. Lake Region on the other hand would go on to score 17 points in the quarter. The game ended with the score 66-43 in favor of Lake Region.
After the game LR coach James Ingalls said, “We knew coming into this game that we needed to handle the 2-3 zone defense. The first few minutes were really good. Then it went downhill a little bit, and we let them lull us into some turnovers. The second half we came out and played much better. Dennis Newland was key on the defensive end and pulled down some key boards. Drew Gallup and Alex Beauregard were key on offense and they pulled down some key offensive boards. We always shoot for a team effort, and that is what we got tonight.”

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