Two years straight

Spring Lake boys defeat Coopersville in overtime to capture another district title
Nich Wolak
Mar 8, 2014

The Spring Lake boys basketball team was not supposed to win a second straight district championship.

Not after losing four senior starters off of last year’s squad.

Not after losing four straight games to start this season.

Not after blowing a 41-29 lead in the district title game and having to head into overtime with all the momentum in the opposition’s favor.

But win a second straight district championship is just what the Lakers did on Friday night, defeating Coopersville 69-60.

Lakers’ coach Bill Core was a believer through it all.

“My biggest task over Christmas was keeping their confidence,” said Core, who made the motto for this year’s team, ‘Defend the Titles,’ referring to both a conference and district championship. “The bottom line is, since Christmas we’re 17-2. You can’t take that away from our guys.

“Tonight was a battle. I can’t think of a fan who didn’t get their money’s worth tonight.”

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