3 questions: SL boys hoops

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series previewing the area varsity boys basketball teams. Today is Spring Lake, which opens its season tonight at home against Allendale.
Nate Thompson
Dec 6, 2011


1. How will this Spring Lake team be different than in recent seasons?

Spring Lake doesn’t have a lot of height, but what the Lakers do possess is a number of athletes from the school’s state runner-up soccer team. That means speed and athleticism. Expect the Lakers to fast break as often as possible, rely on full-court pressure defense more than ever before, and because of a number of solid shooters, fire from beyond the 3-point line quite frequently.

2. Can Lakers’ junior forward Austin Johnson become a 20-point, 15-rebound a night performer?

With the dedication he’s shown to the game, head coach Bill Core believes Johnson could be one of the best in West Michigan. Core raves about Johnson’s physical strength, which helps him absorb contact on strong drives to the hoop. He’s also unselfish and keen on setting up teammates for open looks.

3. Does this Spring Lake team have a chance of winning districts?

As it has been for more than a decade, the Class B district usually runs through Muskegon Heights and this year is no different. There was some optimisim that Spring Lake could have upset the Tigers a year ago, but the Lakers caught them on one of their best shooting nights. For it to happen, Spring Lake needs to be on fire from 3 and hopes Heights is off its game. 


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