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West Michigan Lakers enjoy stellar season on AAU circuit

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:04 AM

The Lakers were also coached by Joe Soules, the varsity boys coach at Forest Hills Northern.

Tringali said a catalyst for the Lakers’ sparkling season was their team-first attitude and tremendous depth.

“Everyone was on the same page from the very beginning, which is huge for team morale,” he said. “All the kids were very unselfish and bought into what the coaches were teaching. And our depth was outstanding. We basically had two-deep at every position, which is pretty rare. If we lost any one kid on the team, we still won 90 percent of our games, and that’s a tribute to our depth.”

Adding to the squad’s balanced attack was Grand Haven guard Alex Eidson. Tringali highlighted Eidson’s positive attitude, even when he was asked early on to accept a reserve role.

“The thing about Alex, he left another (AAU) program to come join ours and that’s not an easy transition,” Tringali said. “But he accepted his role early on after we told him he’d possibly be coming off the bench. But he never complained about it and always had the right attitude and right approach.”

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