LAPEL — Lapel’s Corbin Renihan made the most of his Senior Night leading the Bulldogs in a big way while knocking off visiting Daleville 76-71 Jan. 22.
Renihan scored 25 points and had seven rebounds in the fast-paced battle.
“The energy, the focus the team had was great,” Renihan said. “We had a really good week of practice. I had a good feeling about the game. It was a good team win.”
Coach Tod Windlan was happy to see Renihan’s break though.
“He’s been struggling lately with his shot, but tonight he played with confidence and played like you want a senior to play,” Windlan said.
With Lapel’s ability to substitute often, the fresh legs on the court may have made the difference down the stretch, despite Daleville (7-4) shooting nearly 50% from the perimeter.
Bronco Tre Johnson had six alone, while teammates Dylan Scott and Meryck Adams accounted for eight more. Adams even added an early dunk to bring the Bronco crowd to its feet in the first quarter.
“We wanted to play fast. They (Daleville) play five, maybe six, and we wanted to put the pedal to metal and wear them down. I think that showed late in the game. They struggled to score late in the game,” Windlan said.
By the end of the first, Lapel was down 17-14 and fell behind 29-19 in the second, but with Renihan leading an 11-1 charge late in the second, the Bulldogs went to the locker room with a 33-30 lead at the half. Renihan played most of the game, but he didn’t feel the need for rest.
“The adrenaline definitely kept me going. If Coach wants me to play 32 minutes, I will. If he needs me out, it’s OK. It’s whatever the team needs,” Renihan said.
Both teams spent much of the third period exchanging buckets and leads until Lapel ended the quarter with a 56-50 lead after Brode Judge hits back-to-back 3s and Landon Bair adds two from underneath.
The fourth quarter was a series of lead changes going in favor of Lapel for good when Nick Witte broke the 66-66 tie with two of his 12 points for the night.
“When Witte came in, he’s just so solid with everything, defense, offense,” Windlan said.
From there, Renihan and Landon Bair made several trips to the line to seal the deal. They hit eight of 10 in the final minutes. Brennan Stow had six points and nine rebounds for the Dawgs.
While the Broncos had three in double figures, they had little in bench scoring; the Bulldogs put up more than 30 points from the bench. Judge tallied 14 for the night, while Bair scored 12.
“I thought we had a lot of great games tonight,” Windlan said. “Brode came in off the bench with his 3s. I thought Landon played really solid late in the game.”
The Bulldogs (7-7) play host Eastern Hancock (9-4) on Jan. 28 and travel to Oak Hill (10-3) Jan. 29.