The Lakewood Rangers Boys Basketball team (2-2, 2-1 in the GLC) dug deep tonight to gut out a 82-75 overtime win over the Elyria Catholic Panthers at their classic old gym. Having given up a 12 point lead in the final 2 minutes, the Rangers bounced back, outscoring the Panthers 12-5 in OT. Senior Pete Patsouras led all scorers with 31 points and had 12 rebounds, more than holding his own against EC’s 6′ 8″ center Jack Keneally. Pete hit key free throws in OT on slashing drives to the hoop, and pierced the EC defense with driving layups through the game. Junior Riley Ulintz scored 19 while chipping in 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals, all whilst navigating a strong floor game at point. Senior Ayden Wacker helped build Lakewood’s early lead with a couple of 3 pointers and 10 overall points. Junior Hakeem Quran (9 points) again had powerful drives to the hoop and played tough defense. Junior M.J Grayer didn’t score, but gave the Rangers defense and rebounds during their first half runs. The unsung heroes, at least on the stat sheet, were Jaquan Neal, who scored 9 and fought hard for 8 rebounds against taller players, and sophomore Myles Harper who scored 5, but made a key steal and got huge rebounds in OT.
The last minute of regulation was disheartening, especially when EC capped their comeback with a buzzer beating 3 pointer to tie it. Playing at home, storming back from a large late game deficit, all the momentum rested with the Panthers. But, an early deflection by Quran led to a steal and Patsouras scored the first three points on free throws and the Rangers were on their way. This victory took physical skill, team work, and mental toughness. That’s a great formula going forward for the guys from 44107. Long Live Lakewood.
-Dr. Charles Greanoff