Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes may be known for its girls basketball team, but now its boys team can say that it’s a first-place team.
The Lakers (9-3 overall, 9-1 in the Catholic League Intersectional Division) defeated Allen Park Cabrini at home on Thursday, Jan. 27 to move past Cabrini (8-4, 8-2) into first-place in the Catholic League Intersectional Division, in what was a landmark victory for the team.
“Our team hasn’t beaten Cabrini in a long time and they’re a bigger school, but we found a way to win,” said Our Lady Head Coach Sean Wightman. “But our guys were very determined and we knew that we could beat them and that we had something to prove at our place.”
Our Lady’s last victory over Cabrini came in February 2007.
Our Lady led 19-12 after the first quarter and 35-26 at halftime before Cabrini cut the lead to 48-43 at the end of the third quarter.
However, Our Lady hung tough in the fourth quarter and hung on to win by the 10-point margin.
Garrett Ross led the Lakers with 28 points, while Austin Karbowski had 25 points.
Greg Somebati led Cabrini with 25 points.
“Cabrini was very motivated and aggressive early, but we broke their press,” Wightman said. “We worked really hard and executed well and we were patient and took good shots.”
Our Lady played at Mt. Carmel yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 1, after press time and will host Riverview Gabriel Richard on Friday, Feb. 4.
“I told them that they’re in a position that they’re not used to being in and the wolves are coming to take what they’ve worked hard for,” Wightman said. “We have to be more determined, do the things that are necessary and play confident.”
Our Lady’s game at Detroit Urban Lutheran on Jan. 25 was canceled because the school was shut down and closed due to failure to pay its utility bills.