SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Free-throwing was an issue for the Lakeside Dragons in a 61-57 loss to Youngstown East on Friday night.
The Dragons went just 9 of 28 in uncontested attempts from the line.
“Nineteen misses,” coach Rob Pisano shaking his head in disbelief. “I’ll bet at least nine of them were front ends of one-and-ones, so we would have had another nine free throws. That’s over 25 points we left on the board, you can’t win like that.”
The performance at the line was the glaring variable in the loss to the previously winless Golden Bears during the All-American Conference game.
But it wasn’t just free throws that the Dragons (4-5, 0-1) struggled to make. They opened the game by going more than four minutes before making a field goal and shot just 2 of 13 in the first quarter and 3 of 12 in the second.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.