By Joe Mellenbruch
The weekend didn’t go quite the way that the Royals thought it would.
On Saturday night, shortly after the women’s team defeated Jamestown JV by 19, it became apparent that the men’s opponent, Minot Air Force Base, hadn’t yet arrived. As it turned out, they never showed up, giving the Royals the victory by forfeit.
Then, the following night, the Royals were matched up against Concordia JV, the team originally scheduled to play Minot Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon.
In the end, the unpredictable rescheduling that took place this weekend didn’t phase the Royals as they went on to claim a comfortable victory over the Cobbers on Sunday night, 90-71.
Melvin Langstaff led Lake Region State with 20 points along with a team-high five assists. Teammate Patrick Thomas finished with 19 points of his own, including 3/4 shooting from three-point range, and Devin Thom finished with 14. Those three scorers were the only Royals to finish the game in double figures.
LRSC head coach Joe Kittell admired his team’s effort Sunday night and credited their ability to adapt to their unpredicatble circumstances over the weekend.
He also had nothing but good things to say about Concordia, as well, a team that played the Royals tough despite what the final score might suggest.
In fact, midway through the first half, Concordia led LRSC 20-19 with fewer than nine minutes to play.
“They’re a good team, and they came out and played well,” Kittell said. “We haven’t played a lot of teams this year that are able to stand nose-to-nose with us, so I think that shocked us at first.
“They play a slow style, so we had to crank up the intensity a little bit. They have good players, good poise, but we were able to battle through it and ended up extending that lead to where we wanted it to be.”
Dylan Aldermann spearheaded the Cobber attack, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Eleven of his points came in the first half.
Peter Cassady finished the game as Concordia’s leading scorer, finishing with 20, including a perfect 8/8 from the free-throw line.
LRSC continues its schedule Monday night with a home game against Cankdeska Cikana Community College. Tip off is at 6;30 p.m. at the Devils Lake Sports Center.