A spirited Lakewood comeback ultimately fell short as the Rangers fell on the road to Buckeye 67-62. The Rangers trailed by 13 early in the second half. But Lakewood turned up their defensive intensity, slowly cutting into the Bucks lead, before finally taking a brief two point lead late in the game. Much of their comeback came without the services of stalwart Peter Patsouras, who left with an injury in the 3rd quarter but still led the Rangers in scoring with 17 points. Jaquan Neal’s (6 points) rebounding and tenacious defense keyed the comeback, while Riley Ulintz (15 points) and Hakeem Quran (14 Points) did the scoring and chipped in with defense and rebounds. M.J. Grayer (2 points) fought hard for rebounds against the taller Bucks, and Ahmed Muhammed scored 5 points.
Despite the loss, it was good to see the Rangers back in action after a 17 day layoff. Facing adversity in the second half, they could have folded, but did the opposite. Onward
-Dr. Charles Greanoff