But every time the Lakers got close, the Packers answered with a big bucket on their way to a 51-45 victory over Spring Lake.
The win puts Fremont at 5-0 in the Lakes Eight Conference and 6-1 overall while Spring Lake slips to 3-3 in league play and 5-6 on the season.
“You’ve got to give them credit, we never got a run,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team was just 15-of-46 (33 percent) from the floor. “Every time we got close and needed a key bucket or a key stop, we had a turnover or they got a big offensive rebound. They made the big plays down the stretch.”
Spring Lake trailed 40-32 entering the fourth quarter, but Austin Gabris quickly trimmed that lead with a 3-pointer from the corner.
The Lakers got a defensive stop and Austin Johnson connected on a pair of free throws to make it 40-37. Spring Lake tried to set up a press, but Fremont’s Dylan Krim beat the Lakers’ defense down the court for a layup. He was fouled in the process and made the free throw to boost his team’s lead back up to six.
Spring Lake again closed to within four on a 3-pointer by Adam Clauss with 4:16 to play, but the Packers’ 6-foot-9 center Lucas McKian answered with an inside basket.
The Lakers never got any closer, thanks to Fremont making 5-of-6 free throws in the closing minute.
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