Coming out of the break of halftime into the third quarter, Lowell seemed to be doing far better. Senior guard JT Reyes made the first basket of the quarter. But then Washington scored twice, breaking a total of 40 points and held tightly to their lead throughout the quarter despite the Cards’ best efforts. The difference between the two teams’ scores varied as the quarter ground on, but Washington continued to lead. The quarter ended at 50-39.
Junior forward Rishi Raghavan shoots a free throw, as the Eagles standby and watch. Photo by Susan Wong
As the final quarter began, the Eagles’ lead was short-lived. Raghavan started the quarter off by making a three-pointer, pulling the two teams the closest together they’d been in the past two quarters. The Eagles tried to rush their way through Lowell’s defense, but it was ultimately ineffective and the Cards scored. However, the Eagles reclaimed the lead and started to score repeatedly. After a brief time-out, the Cards seized the initiative and Ng scored a goal from the side, dodging the Eagles’ defense. Shortly after an unexpected three-pointer from Cal Ladine, Raghavan made another basket for the Cards. This rapid scoring streak quickly closed the gap between the teams to a measly one point, which led into a standoff. With mere seconds left in the quarter and a significant buildup of unresolved fouls, the final seconds of the period became a tradeoff of free throws. Unfortunately for the Cards, Washington made four free throws, leaving the final score at 60-56.
Senior guard JT Reyes looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to. Photo by Christina Johnson
Despite the loss, Coach Lavdiotis was proud of the team’s perseverance and teamwork. “The first half the problem was we weren’t passing enough...We talked about it, really turned that around the second half; they started to play together,” Lavdiotis said. “The thing is, [when] we play together, we’re hard to beat.”
The next game is on Thursday, Jan. 31, against the Galileo Lions at home.