Laurel Drops Heartbreaker To Blake
The Laurel boys basketball team fell Monday morning in heartbreaking fashion to Blake 67-66 in their opening game of the Governor’s Challenge. The loss was the Bulldogs first of the season.
Laurel found themselves on the attack early on and had success getting to the basket. The Bengals however, countered with playing fundamentally sound offense, and taking advantage of opportunities and defensive break downs when they could. Reggie Green would knock down a floater in the lane as time expired in the first to trim Blake’s lead to 21-18. The second quarter would be much of the same, the Bulldogs being aggressive, but at times settling for some tough contested shots, while the Bengals simply executed and took what was given to them. Blake would take a 44-30 lead into the break.
The Bulldogs came out ready in the second half though. They would start running a full court press to take the Bengals out of their half court sets, and to speed up the game, playing to their strengths. Once they did that, Laurel was able to get out into the open court and finishes several easy lay ins. They would still trail by 8 headed to the 4th. There they would battle and get the deficit down to just 3 with 4 minutes left before the Bengals came back with a big run of their own to push it up to 7. But the Dawgs weren’t backing down. Their press created several more turnovers and they found themselves in the lead with 45 seconds to go. Up 1, they would go to the line for 2 and knock just 1 down. That’s when Blake came back to break their heart by hitting a 3 with 7 seconds left to take the lead. Laurel would have a turnover on the in bounds, and drop the game. Gary Warren led the Bulldogs with 26 points, while Ray Pacheco added 9 points and 5 rebounds and Green added 7 points as well.