H.S. boys’ basketball wrap up

IN YOUR FACE — Lake Region's Mike Triglione (left) attempts to block the shot of 6-foot-7 Mike McDevitt of Greely during boys' basketball action last week. (Rivet Photo)

LAKE REGION: Even though he felt a little under the weather, Greely’s Mike McDevitt was a game changer Friday night.

Despite some hard work inside by a host of players, Lake Region had no answer for the 6-foot-7 Ranger center, who closed down the lane with several blocked shots, while scoring a game-high 26 points in a 56-40 Greely victory at Nutting Gym.

The Lakers played a gritty game, staying close enough all night. Guard Mark Williams was effective taking the ball to the basket, often using a quick burst to get past his defender. He scored 9 points on the night, including a 3-pointer. Guard Sam Smith also had good rhythm working on the offensive end, sinking three 3-pointers en route to an 11-point night.

LR trailed 14-9 after one, trailed 33-22 at the half, but made a solid 10-5 run in the third to cut the margin to 38-32.

“I thought we had a good start to the game. We won the tip and our opening play was perfectly executed, resulting in a three-point play with McDevitt committing the foul on the play,” Laker Coach J.P. Yorkey said. “We had steady play through most of the first period. The kids did a good job defensively for the most part. Greely had a couple of stretches at the end of the first and second periods where their bigs really hurt us.”

Yes, the Lakers had trouble with a front line that included two players at 6-foot-4, joining McDevitt.

“Cody (Gibbons) did a great job on Bailey Train, who only had two points and no three-pointers (he is a great shooter) through the first three periods. He hit two in the fourth, but that was when we had to extend our defense due to the time and score.”

Greely pulled away in the fourth quarter with an 18-8 run.

“We will look to build on the good stuff, and work on the breakdowns,” Coach Yorkey said.

For the Lakers, center Adam Falk scored 7 points while Gibbons had 4, Quinn Piland 4, Mike Triglione 3 and Jack Lesure had 2 points.

• It’s always a tough trip to Wells, and the Lakers found it is never good to get too far behind on the scoreboard, especially there.

Wells put up a 25-spot in the opening quarter, and the Lakers never recovered from the 17-point deficit in a 67-56 loss Saturday.

LR bounced back with a 20-10 run in the second quarter, but could never make a big dent. Mike Triglione was on fire, scoring 20 points including three 3-pointers. But, Wells had two players hit for 20-plus.

For the Lakers, Ben Chaine netted 10 points in his return from a leg injury (he had been out since the start of the season), while Quinn Piland tossed in 8 points, Falk 5, Smith 5, Gibbons 4, Lesure 2 and Mike Mageles  had 2 points.

The Lakers slipped in the latest Heal Ratings, falling out of the playoff picture (top 12) to Number 15 at 3-5.

FRYEBURG: With five players reaching double digits, the Raiders upset Wells 69-61 last week.

FA rallied from a six-point first quarter deficit with a big 23-7 second quarter. Bright Amoako paced the attack with 15 points, while Walker Mallory chipped in 13 (including three 3-pointers), Jaquin Causer had 12, Tyler Saunders 11 (two 3-pointers) and Jon Burk 10. Alex Blake netted 6 points and Ryan Gullikson had 2.

Moody led all scorers with 31 points for the Warriors.

• FA received 12 points from Amoako and Causer, but missed a golden chance to knock off Waynflete, losing to the Flyers 47-44.

Mallory tossed in nine points, while Saunders had five, Burk four and Blake two.

• It took a while for the Raiders to heat up Tuesday night, but FA picked up a 53-36 victory at Freeport behind Walker Mallory’s 16 points.

The Raiders (2-7) led 20-17 at the half, but finally broke away with a 21-8 run in the fourth quarter. Jaquin Causer tossed in 13 points while Bright Amoako added nine, Jon Burk eight, Tyler Saunders four, Alex Blake two, and Winston Richards had one point.

The Raiders moved into the final tourney spot in the latest Heal Ratings at #12.

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