By Jim Newell
Despite keeping pace with the Oxford Wildcats for the final three quarters of the game Friday night, the Lake Orion boys varsity basketball team could not overcome a first quarter 9-point deficit, falling to the Wildcats 66-54.
Lake Orion is now 2-5 on the season.
Oxford outscored the Dragons 21-12 in the first quarter before the Dragon’s rallied in the second, outscoring the Wildcats 14-9 in the second.
Oxford managed to edge Lake Orion 17-13 in the third quarter and 19-15 in the fourth to hold on for the 12-point victory.
The Dragons played Rochester Adams on Tuesday after press time.
Dragons defeat Stoney Creek
Last week, the Dragon’s defeated Stoney Creek in a stunning 57-38 victory.
“Stoney Creek are the defending league champions and came to Lake Orion with an impressive 6-2 record last night,” said coach Jim Manzo.
Stoney Creek jumped out to a quick 13-6 lead but the Dragon’s would outscore the Cougars 51-25 the rest of the way to earn their second victory of the season, Manzo said.
The Dragons had five players score 6 or more points, with Jamie Lewis leading the way with 20 points.
Freshman Drew Van Heck scored a season high 10 points, while Ryan Kolp added 7 points and led the team in rebounds. Drew Crane and Pierce Burke each added 6 points for the victors.
With the win, the team’s overall record now stands at 2-4, but more importantly 1-0 in league play.
“It was a great win for the Dragons last night. We beat a very good team,” Manzo said.