CLINTON TWP. — The Lackawanna Trail boys basketball team came out with a lot of energy from the opening tip on Senior Night.
But, Rierdan Reyan made sure the Lions wouldn’t come away with a win.
The Elk Lake junior guard scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the second half and knocked down two 3-pointers in the final three minutes to help the Warriors knock off the Lions, 44-36, in a Lackawanna League Division 4 boys basketball game Feb. 16.
Lackawanna Trail senior guard John Maier scored five points in the first quarter to help the Lions take a 10-5 lead.
Lions senior forward Anthony Berrios scored three points in the second and Lackawanna Trail led 17-12 heading into halftime.
“We moved the ball well and our defense was very good,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Christian Sunseri said. “Elk Lake has two guys (Reyan and Ben Woolcock) who average over 12 points per game, and we held the whole team to 12 in the first half. Defensively, we communicated and covered for each other.”
Elk Lake (10-11, 3-3 Div. 4) used a 14-1 run, over a span of four minutes, in the third quarter to take 30-22 lead, but Lackawanna Trail responded by scoring the final seven points of the quarter.
Senior forward Ronnie Traver, who finished with a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds, scored eight in the quarter for the Lions.
“He’s been working on his game all year,” Sunseri said. “He played a complete game today and it was nice to see him excel on his Senior Night.”
Lackawanna Trail senior guard Travis Ankoff hit a 3-pointer and junior forward Shawn Jones made two baskets during a 7-4 run to give the Lions a 36-34 lead with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter, but Elk Lake scored the last 10 points of the game to earn the win.
“I thought we played well for three and a half quarters,” Sunseri said. “Give Elk Lake credit, I’m happy with the way we played; they just made more plays down the stretch than we did. We had the same opportunities; we just missed them and that’s what decided the game.”
Reyan knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and Woolcock, who finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and six steals, made four free throws in the final minute.
“Rierdan is pretty much our horse we ride, him and Ben, and down the stretch he made some big plays,” Elk Lake head coach Richard Emmons said. “He had a really cold (shooting) first half, but came out late in the fourth quarter and hit two big 3-pointers.”
Lackawanna Trail (5-17, 1-5) will open the District 2 Class 2A playoffs on Feb. 22. Their opponent, along with the time and location for the game, has yet to be announced.