• Sam Sheridan

Young Lakers Boys Basketball Team Struggles in Opening Two Games

After waiting for an entire year and having the start date of the season get pushed back a total of five times by Michigan Governor Whitmer, the Spring Lake Boys Basketball team has taken the floor once again. After the conclusion of their first two games, it is quite obvious that this fairly young Laker team with only five returners and eight new juniors is still learning and growing as a team. The loss of seven seniors, including 6’7 Indiana Tech commit Lucas Lyski, has left the Spring Lake basketball program some big shoes to fill.

In their first game of the season, the Lakers took on the heavily experienced and talented Coopersville team in a tough season opener and fell short in a 44-68 loss. The Lakers struggled early and never quite seemed to climb back. Following Friday’s game, the Spring Lake boys basketball team didn’t have much time to process the loss and had to leave it in the past with an upcoming game in four days.

On Tuesday the Lakers took on their second opponent in their very first home game against the West Catholic Falcons. Within the first few minutes of the game, it became obvious that the Lakers were playing with a noticeably different amount of confidence and intensity. Unlike the first game of the season, this game was a very competitive matchup throughout. The Lakers jumped out to an early lead in the opening minutes of the game all the way up to the conclusion of the first quarter of play. But, the Falcons did not back down and fought back to take a two-point lead going into halftime with an impressive run in the second quarter. The Falcons carried the momentum into the beginning of the second half by going on a 12-0 run keeping the Lakers scoreless for nearly half of the third quarter. This ultimately dug a hole that the Lakers couldn’t get themselves out of despite a late fourth-quarter rally led by Reid Colquitt’s 10 points, bringing the score to as close as a three-point difference. The game concluded with a 48-57 loss in a game that slipped through the Laker’s hands. The Lakers will take on Hamilton on the road Friday, February 19th, looking to turn things around with an 0-2 start to the season.

The team celebrates a Reid Colquitt “and one” play late in the fourth quarter

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