Sophomore Connor Lenthe attempts a layup against Maumee defender Thad Woodward. Photos by John Kozak
Behind Dominic Manuella, the Lakers held of Emmanuel Christian, 31-25, to improve to 3-14 overall and 2-9 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference.
Manuella, who led all scorers with nine points, connected on two late free throws to help Danbury, which led 17-15 after the third quarter, pull away.
Grady Mark, who was making his second start of the year at point guard, chipped in with five points in leading the Lakers to victory.
Danbury's Kegan Rakosky dribbles around the key against Maumee Valley
Cardinal Stritch 71, Danbury 40
The Cardinals blew the game open in the second quarter as they defeated Danbury in convincing fashion, 71-40, last week.
Austin Adams, who led all scorers with 25 points, helped Cardinal Stritch take a 16-8 lead after one quarter and push it to 43-19 at halftime behind a 27-11 advantage in the second quarter.
The Lakers did play well in the second half as they were outscored by just eight points, 28-21, but it wasn’t enough.
In addition to Adams’ 25 points, Jacob Empie scored 16 and Brooks Gasser finished with 13.
Danbury, meanwhile, got 11 points from Hunter Stinchcomb. Connor Lenthe chipped in with seven and Caleb Gerber and Dominic Manuella scored six points apiece.
The Lakers host Gibsonburg on Friday and Oak Harbor on Saturday. In the recent tournament draw, it was determined that Danbury will face the winner of top-seeded St. Mary CC and Seneca East on Feb. 28 at 6:15 p.m. at Norwalk High School in the Division IV Sectional Semifinals.