At the end of a game where questionable calls had brought a chorus of boos from the crowd, Lions head coach Brian Wilson refused to point fingers at the end of a 13-point loss to visiting Monticello on Thursday, Jan. 10.
“We didn’t play well enough to win, that’s all I can say,” Wilson said after the 83-70 defeat. “We played hard and we played inspired. We put ourselves where we had opportunities, but ultimately this loss has to come back on us, and we didn’t get the job done.”
Wilson’s response was politically correct, but likely did little to erase the sour taste left in the team’s mouth. The Lions’ leading scorer Chris Robinson struggled with foul trouble the entire game, sitting out nine minutes of action in the first half due to two quick fouls.
With 6:23 left in the fourth and Louisa down by just five, Robinson was whistled for a reaching in foul, his fourth of the game. Louisa managed to compose themselves despite Robinson’s dilemma, but a foul called down in the post on Lions center Raynard Richardson on what looked to be a clean block with just over a minute remaining broke Louisa’s back. In the last minute of play, Louisa went from down six to losing by thirteen.
“They shot a bunch of free throws,” Wilson said. “They were making points on the line and we were trying to force some shots because we were down. That happens at the end of a game … a game becomes more lopsided at the end than it was the whole game.”
The loss puts Louisa’s record at 0-9 (0-5) on the season, a frustrating tally for a team that won four games last year. The Lions stayed competitive against Monticello, but Mustangs center, senior Sam Colasuonno, was unstoppable all night, torching Louisa for 20 points. Twelve came in the third quarter alone to help erase a brief five-point lead by the Lions.
Despite the loss, it was an impressive performance against a solid Monticello team that is 5-7 (4-3) on the year. Monticello’s biggest lead in the first half was only four, and until the final minute of the game, the Mustangs never led by more than seven. Despite his foul trouble, Robinson still managed to score 15 points to lead the team, while guard Jermaine Pace added 14. Richardson led the team with eight rebounds, and Eli Christmas led the team with two assists to round out a balanced attack by Louisa.
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 16 edition of The Central Virginian.