Photo Credit: Kelly York Summers

Andover, OH- In a hard-fought sectional round matchup, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers faced off against the Lake Catholic Cougars in a game filled with intensity and determination. Despite a valiant effort from standout player Blake Krznaric, the Lakers were unable to secure the victory, ultimately falling short with a final score of 59-64.

Pymatuning Valley Lakers: 16 | 6 | 16 | 21 = 59
Lake Catholic Cougars: 15 | 10 | 18 | 21 = 64

Pymatuning Valley Lakers Total Points:

  • Blake Krznaric: 20
  • Caydence Wiser: 7
  • Zane Neczporenko: 10
  • Seth Bryan: 6
  • Trevor Clute: 3
  • Brady Tisch: 2
  • Ryan Croston: 11

Lake Catholic Cougars Total Points:

  • Peterlin: 24
  • Pellecchia: 15
  • Budrys-Rini: 14
  • Nimmo: 4
  • Rozman: 4
  • Trinetti: 3

Despite facing a tough opponent, the Lakers showcased their resilience throughout the game, led by Blake Krznaric with an impressive 20 points. Krznaric’s leadership and scoring prowess were instrumental in keeping the Lakers competitive against the Cougars.

However, the Cougars proved to be a formidable adversary, with standout performances from Peterlin, who led the team with 24 points, and Pellecchia, who contributed 15 points. Despite the Lakers’ efforts, they were unable to contain the Cougars’ offensive firepower in the final moments of the game.

With this loss, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers conclude their season with a final record of 17-6. Despite the disappointment of the defeat, the Lakers can take pride in their successful season, which included notable victories and the milestone achievement of Blake Krznaric reaching 1,000 career points as a Laker.

As for the Lake Catholic Cougars, they advance to the next round of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Campbell Memorial Red Devils in the sectional final on 3/1/24. With their hard-fought victory over the Lakers, the Cougars look to carry their momentum forward and continue their postseason journey.

Although the outcome may not have been what the Lakers had hoped for, they showcased determination and resilience throughout the game, leaving everything on the court in their pursuit of victory. As they reflect on their season, the Lakers will look to build upon their successes and lessons learned, setting the stage for future achievements on the basketball court.