Updated 11:30 p.m., Lake falls to Collins Western Reserve (3-1-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Cravens Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 01 March 2013 23:45
SANDUSKY — The Lake boys basketball team dug an early hole and never climbed out of it Friday.
The Flyers lost a sectional championship game to Collins Western Reserve 67-55 at Sandusky High School. Lake ended its season 19-4.
Lake trailed 33-18 with 7:15 left in the third quarter of its Division III matchup, but fought its way back into the game to take a 41-39 lead with 2:20 left in the quarter on a Jared Rettig 3-pointer.
But near-perfect free throw shooting and sharp perimeter shooting by the Roughriders gave Western Reserve the upper hand.
“We buried ourselves early on with a 15-point deficit,” said Lake coach Ryan Bowen. “I told the guys I was proud we dug ourselves out of it, but we used up a lot of our energy on that.”
Rettig had a game-high 18 points for the Flyers, including 14 in the third quarter.
Teammate Cody Witt was the only other player in double digits with 12 points. He hit four 3-pointers in the game, including two key perimeter shots during Lake’s comeback in the third quarter.
While Lake knocked down six 3-pointers, Western Reserve was 8-of-18 from the arc.
“You can’t exchange threes for threes,” Bowen said.
The Roughriders were also impeccable from the free-throw line making 21-of-24. Lake got to the line 10 times and converted seven shots.
Early on, the game was lopsided in Western Reserve’s favor. The Roughriders held a 15-9 lead after the first quarter. That carried over into the second quarter as Lake struggled to find its offensive rhythm. Western Reserve took a 28-18 lead at the half.
Early on in the third, Western Reserve maintained the momentum and amassed a 15-point lead at one point, but a Marcus Pierce offensive rebound and put-back closed the lead to single digits with 5:15 remaining.
Rettig and Witt took over offensively for the Flyers in the third quarter and Lake took a 41-39 lead with 2:20 remaining.
“They are 19-3 for a reason,” said Western Reserve coach Chris Sheldon. “We knew they were going to make a run at us.”
Two Dakota Hankins free throws tied it at 41-41 with 2:06 remaining in the third. He was sent to the line again and connected on two more shots to make it 43-41 Western Reserve.
Rettig hit a free throw at the other end, but a Zach Nissen layup and 3-pointer to close out the third quarter put Western Reserve back up 48-42.
The Flyers kept it within five until a Hankins hoop and a foul put a dagger in the Flyers to put his team up 56-48.
Todd Walters responded at the other end with a bucket, but Hankins answered with a basket and the Roughriders began to pull away for good.
Forced to foul, Lake put Western Reserve at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and the Roughriders made it count.
Western Reserve was also effective in limiting Lake’s post players, Pierce and Jayce Vancena. Each had eight points in the game and Vancena also snagged 10 rebounds.

Good, 0-3-4—13; Jacob Muenz, 2-0—4; Nissen, 1-1-0—5; Meyer, 2-1-1—8; Boose, 1-3-2—13; Roth, 2-4—8; Croft, 0-0—0; Ash, 1-2—4; Hankins, 2-8—12. TOTALS: 11-8-21—67.
Witt, 0-4-0—12; Rettig, 5-1-5—18; Swartz, 0-0—0; Landis, 0-0—0; Bowen, 2-1-0—7; Vancena, 4-0—8; Walters, 1-0—2; Pierce, 3-2—8; TOTALS: 15-6-7—55.
WESTERN RESERVE 15      13      20      19—67
LAKE        9       9       24      13—55
Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 00:28

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