The Lakewood Rangers (3-2, 3-1 in the GLC), trailing the Holy Name Green Wave by nine with just over six minutes left in the game, roared back for a very satisfying 72-67 road victory. Despite the Rangers best efforts, Holy Name used their superior height and strong interior defense to stymie the Rangers dribble-penetration game through three plus quarters. Outside shooting kept the Rangers in the game. Senior Ayden Wacker drained four 3 pointers and scoring 14 points overall, Riley Ulintz added 11, and Ahmed Muhammed had 6 on two 3 pointers. In the later stages of the 4th Quarter, Pete Patsouras, the only Ranger over 6′, solved the Green Wave defense, hitting one driving layup after another to give the Rangers in 1 point lead in the final 30 seconds. Strong defense denied Holy Name the lead, and the Rangers were sent to the line for a one and one. The shot was missed, but Patsouras (28 points to lead all scorers) made a put back, then hit 2 free throws with 6 seconds left to ice the game.
As has been the case in every Ranger win, many players chipped in: Junior Hakeem Quran only scored two, but had a key steal in the last minute. M.J. Grayer fought hard for rebounds all night and scored 4, while senior Jaquan Neal managed to get several rebounds vs taller players, played pesky defense, and scored 6. Junior Andre Hallenburg scored 2.
Once again, the guys from the 44107 never backed down, and never gave up. This was a hard earned win against a tough opponent at their gym. Kudos to the entire squad on this team victory. Long Live Lakewood.