Late three lifts Patriots over Lumberjacks

Wayne Child breaks out for two early in the first quarter against Profile. Corey McKean. (click for larger version)
January 26, 2015
LINCOLN — With both teams midway through the season and playoff spots being hard to come by this year, the Profile Patriots traveled to Lin-Wood on Wednesday night looking for a big win. It would be a battle of the halves as the Lumberjacks dominated the first half of the game having back-to-back 13-point quarters, but the Patriots would explode for 14 third quarter points and 20 fourth quarter points as Reed Weekes hits a big triple with four seconds left in the game to lift Profile over Lin-Wood with a score of 54-53.

Wayne Child started the game off for the Lumberjacks with a steal and length of the court layup and Ollie Dovholuk with another steal and layup to put Lin-Wood up 4-0 early. Hunter Leighton responded for the Patriots with a jumper inside the paint but Dovholuk came back for the Lumberjacks with a big triple.

Profile would trail by nine points late in the first quarter but Ian Baker wouldn't let the game slip away just yet, as he hit back-to-back triples, getting fouled on one and hitting a free throw to cut the Lin-Wood lead to just two. The quarter would end with a score of 13-11, advantage Lumberjacks.

Devon Rivera continued the scoring for Lin-Wood with a strong baseline drive and finish and Child would come up with a steal and layup, getting fouled and sinking the free throw, extending the Lumberjack lead to seven. Dylan Robie hit a deep two on the next Patriot possession but Child answered with a pullup jumper in the lane as Lin-Wood would lead early 20-13.

Both teams would go on a scoring slump midway through the second quarter as the next basket wouldn't come until the 1:51 mark when Jon Rich hit one of two free throws for the Lumberjacks. Rich and Childs would go on to score a combined 11 of Lin-Wood's 13 second quarter points as Weekes would lead the Patriots with five of the team's nine second quarter points, hitting a three as time expired and sending Profile into halftime down just six points, with a score of 26-20.

Out of halftime, the Patriots would pick up their offense and start shooting with confidence as Baker started the third quarter with a driving layup, getting fouled and hitting the free throw, cutting the Lin-Wood lead to three but Brian Vance would be big in the quarter for the Lumberjacks, scoring six points early.

Weekes hit another big three midway through the quarter but Lin-Wood wouldn't go away as Rivera would pick up the scoring for the Lumberjacks, ending the quarter with six points.

Vance and Rivera would combine for 12 of the Lumberjacks' 14 third quarter points to keep their lead at six with a score of 40-34 going into the final stretch.

The fourth quarter ended up being all Patriots, as Profile coach Paul Greenlaw knew he had to do something on the defensive end to make a difference in the game. Profile chose to go into a full-court man-to-man press early in the fourth quarter, which paid off.

"We picked it up in the third quarter to finally get some offense going but really it changed when we went full court man with about five minutes to go in the game," Greenlaw added.

Profile turned steals into quick points and the three point shooting of Baker, Robie and Weekes would seal the deal. Robie hit two big threes with under two minutes to go and the dagger ended up being a Weekes triple with just .4 seconds left in the game off a Tyler Ruggles steal. The Patriots outscored the Lumberjacks 20-13 in the final quarter for the victory.

"I am very happy for Reed," said Greenlaw. "He had been struggling and put about three extra hours in the gym last weekend. This was a great team win with three starters on the bench at the end."

"I am proud of my boys in how they played and handled themselves during this very intense game. Give credit to Profile for hanging around, we just couldn't put them away and they are well coached," explained Lin-Wood coach Mike Reardon.

Profile was led by Baker with 21 points followed up by Weekes with 13. Lin-Wood was led by Rivera with 14 points followed by Child and Dovholuk with 13 apiece.

Profile improves to a record of 4-4 on the season as Lin-Wood falls to a record of 4-7. Profile will look to extend their win streak as they travel to play Lisbon today, Wednesday, Jan. 28. Game time is posted for 7 p.m. Lin-Wood will look to get back on the winning track as they play at home versus a difficult Littleton team on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Game time is posted for 7 p.m.

Profile: 11, 9, 14, 20; 54

Lin-Wood: 13, 13, 14, 13; 53

Profile: Baker 21, Weekes 13, Robie 7, Leighton 5, Webb 4, Ruggles 4

Lin-Wood: Rivera 14, Child 13, Dovholuk 13, Vance 8, Rich 5

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