Article by Joe Mellenbruch, Devils Lake Journal, published Feb. 4
The Lake Region State basketball teams are in very different places right now, but both are in need of a win, and they’ll have a great opportunity to get one on Tuesday night.
For the third time this season, the Royals will square off against Concordia JV, a team that both the LRSC men’s and the women’s team have defeated twice already since the start of the year.
The Lady Royals, who improved to 21-3 on the year Sunday afternoon after earning their sixth consecutive win in conference play, a 75-67 decision over Williston State. The team has also won nine straight overall, including a perfect 7-0 throughout the month of January.
Lake Region State has already accumulated an 11-game winning streak this season, a run that saw them start the year undefeated. With a win on Tuesday, they’ll inch their way closer to matching that benchmark.
As far as the LRSC men’s team is concerned, success has as free-flowing this season, evidenced by the team’s 1-5 start in Mon-Dak play. Nearly all of the team’s games have been close, but the Royals have lacked a certain quality that would allow them to close out games.
That was on full display Sunday afternoon as the Royals went blow-for-blow with the Tetons, who entered the game 23-4 overall.
LRSC kept pace with Williston State for much of the game, but bad free-throw shooting proved to be the achilles heel for the Royals as they shot a regrettable 5-16 from the charity stripe. Considering how the team lost by just nine points, surely a few more points from free throws would have made this a completely different contest.
The Royals will be hoping for a win on Tuesday night, because shortly after their match up with the Cobbers, they’ll travel to Wahpeton to take on Science for the second time this season. Desperate for another conference win, the Royals will certainly hope to get back in the win column against Concordia first. The games will be played on Tuesday as a doubleheader starting with the women’s game, which is scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m. The men’s game will be played at 8:30.