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Boys basketball: Patriots top Falcons in season opener

Dylin Ackerman celebrates with his teammates after a last-second steal and layup to seal a victory on Friday, Nov. 30. Dan Determan / Echo Journal 1 / 2
Patriot guard Jordan Schommer dishes a no-look pass in the Patriots' win over Foley on Friday, Nov. 30. Dan Determan / Echo Journal 2 / 2

It took until the last second, but the Patriot boys basketball team managed to put away the Foley Falcons in the first game of the season on Friday, Nov. 30, by a score of 72-67.

"I feel good about (how we played)," head coach Rich Spiczka said. "We had some stretches where we looked great and some stretches where we looked everything-but-great. The biggest thing for us is that we have a lot of new guys we are trying to fit in the mix, and we are not sure we know how to do that yet but we found a way tonight."

The Patriots fought for every basket, going into the locker room at halftime with just a one-point lead. The Falcons came out with momentum in the second half, thanks in part to the shooting touch of senior guard Drew Beier.

With the Patriots leading by three points with roughly 10 seconds to play, the Falcons looked to Beier to tie the game, but a pass heading his way was intercepted by Pequot Lakes senior Dylin Ackerman.

Ackerman drove it in for a layup to ensure his team kicked off the season with a 1-0 record.

"We had to double-team (Beier), because he was knocking down everything," Ackerman said. "I just read (the point guard's) eyes and went for it, and ended up getting it.

"It's extremely important (to win the first game of the season). Hopefully we can keep that going and just keep working as a team."

Jordan Schommer led the Patriot offense, totalling 18 points, while Sean Ryan added 16 points.

Bode Magnuson added 14 points and Owen Seidl for the Patriots.

"I am proud of our guys, because they gutted it out," Spiczka said. "We don't know who are going to be the dudes yet and who are not, but we found a way tonight to grind it out and make it happen."

Pequot Lakes 35 37—72

Foley 34 33—67

PEQUOT LAKES

Bode Magnuson 14, Alex Morgan 4, Daltin Ackerman 6, Sean Ryan 16, Jordan Schommer 18, Owen Seidl 12, Tyler Manley 2. FT 8-11 (72 percent). Conference: 0-0. Overall: 1-0.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.