With Ryan and Lake Dallas’ football teams still playing in the postseason, the trickle-down effect can be felt on the basketball court.
When both teams met Tuesday night in a sparsely filled gym, they played without their full complement of players, with a few on each side still wearing shoulder pads for at least one more week.
Ryan defeated Lake Dallas 50-26 for the Raiders’ second win in as many games this season. The Falcons have now lost their first two games of the season.
Ryan’s swarming full-court press flustered Lake Dallas’ guards, forcing turnovers and allowing the Raiders to score points in transition.
This year, the Raiders are without a majority of the players that led them to the Class 4A state tournament last season.
The faces framed on the wall of Ryan’s gym are gone, and with the Raiders now in Class 5A, they will have to replenish the production it lost.
“Last year is over, and we’ve got to move on,” Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet said. “Scoring the basketball at this point and time, is a bit of an issue. But these kids have bought into what we do defensively, and at the end of the day, when you’re not making shots, you have to defend in order to win games. There’s a lot of emphasis put on our defense.”
The most points Lake Dallas scored in a quarter were nine in the fourth.
The Falcons also fell victim to foul trouble. Lake Dallas accrued enough fouls in the first half to allow Ryan to score eight of its 16 points in the second quarter at the free-throw line.
Senior guard Montarius Banks led the Raiders with 21 points, while senior guard Gilbert Jackson added 15 points and senior forward Quincy Jones had 10.
Banks scored 10 of his 21 points in the second quarter, where the Raiders opened up a commanding 17-point lead. The Falcons didn’t score in the period until Juan Campos sank a 3-pointer with 2:32 left.
“Montarius has really developed over the years,” Overstreet said. “He has the ability to score the basketball. His deficiency is his size [5-foot-8], yet he finds a way to overcome that. He’s quick, and he’s got a pretty high basketball IQ and understands how to use his small frame to his advantage.”
Kaleb Wright scored seven points, and Juan Campos and Dominic Giovanni each scored five in the loss for the Falcons.
Ryan is awaiting the return of Trent Willis, Xavier Gray, Xavier Pittman and Sekou Clark to its roster. Lake Dallas is expecting Josh Jackson, C.J. Harris, Bryce Williams and Josiah Tauaefa to join the team once the Falcons are done with football season.
First-year head coach Josh Welch joined Lake Dallas after being head coach for a year at Arlington Heights, the team Ryan defeated last year in the Class 4A Region I final. Welch inherited a team that lost more than 20 games last season.
Welch said the team isn’t adapting to the new changes as quickly as he would have wanted, but the Falcons will benefit from playing a team like Ryan.
“With Lake Dallas’ past, they haven’t been too successful,” Welch said. “I think right now, I believe in the guys more than they believe [in themselves]. Once we start playing the way I know we can play, we’re going to be OK.”
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Ryan 50, Lake Dallas 26
Ryan (2-0) — Montarius Banks 21, Gilbert Jackson 15, Quincy Jones 10, Jeremy Lenoire 2, Allen Grant 2.
Lake Dallas (0-2) — Kaleb Wright 7, Juan Campos 5, Dominic Giovanni 5, Connor Haile 4, Josh Rowe 2, Lorren Bassett 2, Dylan Lumsden 1.