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Lakeland boys’ hoops loses regular season finale

April 15, 2020 by Brett LaBore

The Lakeland boys’ basketball team took part in their final regular season and conference game against 11-0 Medford on Thursday night.

The Raiders pulled away in the second half and won 72-47.

“They play hard - a lot of ball pressure and they do a really nice job defensively,” coach Rich Fortier said. “Offensively they run their stuff and they run it so well that they wear on you and break you down and that’s what they did.” 

In the first half, the Thunderbirds hung with the Raiders and were only down 27-23 on the road. In fact, they went on a little run to get it to four points. 

“I think we were patient,” coach Fortier said. “They had a chance to run away and hide and we scored the last four or five to chop it four.”

Michael Ouimette dropped in nine points on four field goals in the first half, Alex Fortier hit two 3-pointers and Jacob Borak had five points.

The Raiders shot numerous free throws in the first half. Peyton Kuhn led them with nine first half points. 

The Thunderbirds did cut the lead down to two points immediately starting the second half, before the Raiders went off.

The Raiders blitzed the Thunderbirds for 45 second half points, compared to 24 points from Lakeland. Kuhn totaled 23 points as Mason Rudolph scored 12 points. 

“We turned it over 15 times in the second half and it went south,” coach Fortier said.

Alex Fortier ended up knocking down five 3-pointers for 15 points. The only other player in double figures was Ouimette for 14 points on six field goals.

This game preps them for tonight’s regional game at home against Antigo. Lakeland comes into the game having already swept the Red Robins during the regular season. 

“They’ll play a different style so they’re going to be playing a 1-3-1 against us,” coach Fortier said.

Antigo comes to town tonight for a regional playoff game in an 8/9 matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

“I think it’ll be a good game,” coach Fortier said. “We already showed we can win that game. We’ll keep up the hope that we’ll win and play for a chance to play on a Friday night. 

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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