Varsity boys basketball falls to Lowell 68-63

Varsity boys basketball falls to Lowell 68-63

Jake Heilman, Sports Reporter

Despite a big night from junior Ty George, the varsity basketball team fell to a dominant Red Arrow team 68-63.

Ty has been red hot from behind the arc throughout the season to this point. Tonight was no different, as he went 3/6 on the night from deep. Ty also was potent from the lane, knocking down four more baskets.

“It wasn’t one of those games where I was really feeling it behind the arc,” Ty said. “I hit a couple of open looks but missed a couple too. I’m really happy with how I got to the rim tonight and got to the line. I was more versatile than usual, so that was good tonight.”

The Rangers started strong Tuesday night behind an early three ball from senior Sal Sidebotham. After an early lead for FHC, the Arrows came back with a defensive surge.

“First half, we did some tough things,” coach Ken George said. “We made some plays harder than they needed to be, and we didn’t play together as a unit. It’s been a focal point for a few weeks now.”

At the break, the Rangers came out much cleaner on the offensive end.

“I thought at the half, we came out much better,” George said. “We had some longer trips and passing. We do run a lot of sets, and sometimes, when we just play, we feel like we have to shoot in the first three, five or seven passes down the floor. In the second half, I felt like we had a lot of trips that led to better things.”

Down the stretch, Lowell’s experience shined through. Senior, CMU commit Matt Beachler, and senior, Goshen College commit Austin Branagan made their mark on the game. The Red Arrows got to the line consistently, and eventually took a sizable lead over FHC.

The story of the night had to do with the boards. The Rangers got out rebounded 44-22 on the night. Lowell was also very efficient from the line, shooting for over 70%. Nonetheless, the Rangers played well despite a tough opponent.

“I was really proud,” George said. “I thought we really battled tonight. I thought their two best players made a ton of plays down the stretch, especially in the middle of that fourth quarter. There were a lot of put backs and a lot of free throws. I think we did a lot of good things before their two really good players did well in the second half.”