LANCASTER — Mansfield Lake Ridge tried to mount a late rally but ultimately couldn’t complete a fourth-quarter comeback over Lancaster in a 75-68 loss Friday night.
Lake Ridge (17-8, 6-5 District 15-4A) connected on eight 3-pointers, but couldn’t combat Lancaster’s size.
“I think their size affected us,” Lake Ridge coach Donte Wilson said. “They take one and miss it and they have a pretty good job of getting it back with those two bigs inside.”
Lancaster’s 6-foot-9 post Elijah Thomas had 13 rebounds, and added 17 points. Guard Kaelon Wilson led all scorers with 28 points, going 2-for-2 from 3-point range.
Lake Ridge point guard Jacob Van led his team in scoring with 20 points and was the main cog to Lake Ridge’s offensive game plan against Lancaster’s big men.
Van began the game driving and dishing to his own forwards when either Lancaster (23-4, 10-1 15-4A) post stepped up to defend. As those lanes closed, Van was effective from behind the arc, hitting two 3-pointers.
“We wanted to try to draw those bigs out and see if he can get downhill,” Wilson said. “He’s a pretty good player, too, and we’re going to allow him some freedoms to make some plays, because he’s good enough to.”
Van hit a deep 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter that sparked a small rally, bringing Lake Ridge within four points with just over two minutes to play.
The dagger came with 1:30 left on the clock when Thomas took a pass in transition, scored and was fouled.
“That’s a pretty good team we just played and they’re huge,” Wilson said. “That makes it tough.”
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