Lakers' depth wears out Broncos

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Through two games, Spring Lake varsity boys basketball coach Bill Core has been pleased with his team’s depth and scoring consistency.

The two combined have resulted in a pair of blowout victories for the Lakers.

Spring Lake was able to wear visiting Coopersville down in the fourth quarter on Friday, outscoring the Broncos by a commanding 19-7 margin in the Lakers’ 64-39 victory.

Spring Lake opened its season with a 20-point win over Allendale on Tuesday.

“We do have high expectations but it’s too early to say what these two wins mean,” Core said. “But I’ve been impressed with our consistency. We had just 11 (first-quarter points) to open up things tonight, but we’ve had some pretty balanced quarters.”

Core praised his squad’s tough defense for helping them overcome a slow offensive start against the Broncos. But once senior forward Austin Johnson began heating up, the Broncos were in trouble. Johnson led all scorers with 25 points, which included a 9-for-9 effort from the free throw line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and swiped four steals.

The Lakers had tremendous production off their bench, including Keegan George with six points and three blocks, Ryan Nolan with six points and Jeff Marod with five.

“We were able to run some guys in there throughout the second half and I think our depth just wore them down,” Core said.

Spring Lake finished a rock-solid 22-of-45 from the floor and also outrebounded the Broncos by a 37-20 margin. Coopersville (0-2) was led by sophomore guard Nate Darcy’s 11 points. The Broncos feature just three seniors on their roster.

Spring Lake also received seven points apiece from Erik Johnson and Adam Clauss.

The Lakers return to the court on a rare Wednesday night, as they host non-conference foe Mona Shores.

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