In this unprecedented basketball season, our Lakewood Rangers have endured their share of postponements, quick schedule changes and overall uncertainty. After his weekend though, having lost a bitterly contested game to Valley Forge in overtime, followed up by a loss to state powerhouse Mentor, the season starts anew with the first ever GLC Basketball Tournament. Back to that in a moment. At Valley Forge, the Rangers were down 11 early, came back to take a lead, only to see VF 3 pointers and Ranger turnovers send the game to overtime. By that time, down multiple players through injuries and foul trouble, the Rangers ran out of chances, losing 77-69. Pete Patsouras led the Rangers with 22. Against Mentor, Lakewood played well early, trailing by six midway through the second quarter, before the deep and athletic Cardinals began to pull away, prevailing 98-51. Riley Ulintz led the Rangers with 19.
Tuesday, Lakewood hosts Elyria Catholic in the opening round of the GLC Tournament. If the Rangers win, they travel to Bay on Friday to meet the number one seed Rockets. Though rough, this past weekend can pay great dividends for the Rangers, who not only got to play against two good teams (one of which is elite), but now get a fresh start on the new season. No league title has been determined yet, and Lakewood has a shot–one game at a time. Go Rangers.