On Monday during the Class B district opener at Fruitport High School, however, the Trojans flipped the script.
With the Lakers’ success so heavily determined by their ability to score in the paint on second-chance opportunities, the Trojans managed to take that strength away.
Fruitport limited the Lakers to just one offensive rebound in the second half and relied on a key 13-4 run early in the fourth quarter to help the hosts pull away and secure the minor upset, 49-44.
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“It’s been awhile since we’ve won in districts,” said second-year coach Bob German. “This was a good day for Fruitport basketball. There was a fairly good crowd and a nice victory over a very good Spring Lake team.”
Fruitport (14-7 overall) advances to Wednesday’s district semifinal contest against Oakridge (18-2), which received a first-round bye. The Trojans defeated the Eagles in their third game of the season, 37-28.
The loss was just Spring Lake’s fourth this season. The 17 victories this season are the fourth-most in school history.
“It’s tough to accept, but it was either going to be the end of the road for our group of seniors or theirs,” said first-year Spring Lake coach Rich Hyde.
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