The Lakers trailed for most of the game, but in the closing minute of the fourth quarter, Austin Johnson went 4-for-4 from the free throw line, including two with 18 seconds remaining to tie the game at 54-all.
In overtime, it was Michael Zietlow who went to the line in a critical situation and made a pair of foul shots with 18 seconds remaining to put the Lakers on top for good.
“Free throws down the stretch were key,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team is now 9-7 overall and 7-4 in Lakes Eight games.
Johnson finished with 22 points for the Lakers, including 11 in the fourth quarter alone.
Tri-County’s big guns, on the other hand, were hot early, but were held in check late in the game. Devin Longoria scored 22 points, but managed just four in the fourth quarter and was scoreless in overtime. Mitchell Goerner added 18, but just four came in the fourth and two in the extra session.
Brandon Peterman hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers for Tri-County. His triple late in regulation put the Vikings ahead by two points with under 30 seconds to play. He also hit a key 3-pointer late in the overtime session, giving Tri-County a 59-58 lead and setting the stage for Zietlow’s heroics at the foul line.
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