A huge third quarter helped Spring Lake’s varsity boys basketball team overcome a one-point halftime deficit and paved the way for a 52-38 victory by the Lakers over visiting Tri-County.
The Vikings led 20-19 at the half, due mostly to the fact that the Lakers came out ice cold from the floor. Spring Lake shot just 28 percent from the field in the opening half.
That all changed in the third quarter. Austin Johnson scored eight of his game-high 26 points in the third, but the biggest shot came from backup guard Jeff Marod, who buried a 3-pointer to extend the Lakers’ lead to double digits.
“That was the turning point,” Core said. “Marod came off the bench, hit a 3-pointer, got the crowd into it. That was a key shot for momentum sake.”
By the time the third quarter was over, Spring Lake owned a commanding 37-23 lead, allowing Core to play plenty of players down the stretch.
Spring Lake has a quick turnaround, with a home date with Western Michigan Christian today at 6 p.m.
TROJANS WIN DEFENSIVE BATTLE
Fruitport only had one player reach double figures in scoring, but its defense was key in helping the Trojans score a 40-36 win over Grant on Friday at Fruitport High School.
Senior guard Caleb Cutler led the Trojans with 11 points, while Tyler Fehler, Amilio Flores and Travis Grimm each added eight for the Trojans (4-5, 3-2 Lakes Eight).
Fruitport had a 17-10 lead at the half, but Grant cut its deficit to just one entering the fourth quarter.
FCC BEATS LEAGUE FOE
Fruitport Calvary Christian aveanged an earlier conference loss to Algoma Christian on Friday by picking up the intensity on defense, leading to the Eagles’ 56-35 victory.
“Our defense was much, much better,” said Eagles’ coach Jim Warren. “(Last week) we gave up six 3’s in the first half, but we guarded them much better this time around.”
Calvary Christian had a 14-3 lead after one quarter and then withstood Algoma’s full-court pressure defense to take a 22-14 lead into the half.
The Eagles put the game away by putting up 22 points in the third quarter.
Michael Warren led the Eagles with 18 points, including a pair of rim-rattling dunks in the fourth quarter. Jim Warren liked his team’s offensive balance, as Mark Carlson added 15, and sophomore Brendan Hamilton scored a career-high 11 points. He also totaled six rebounds and four steals.
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