Spring Lake outscored the visiting Falcons 15-1 in the first quarter, keyed by a swarming defensive effort that was heavy on half-court trapping.
“(Allendale) had nine turnovers in their first 10 possessions,” Spring Lake coach Bill Core said.
Allendale couldn’t overcome its dreadful start, and the Lakers coasted throughout the second half in a 58-31 victory.
A trapping defense is a strategy Spring Lake has rarely relied upon in recent seasons, but with the supreme quickness of Lakers’ guards Adam Clauss, Ben Keller and Michael Zietlow, it was a staple on Tuesday.
“We scouted their scrimmage and we were confident we could pressure their guards, which we were able to do tonight,” Core said. “We were able to create some turnovers and it led to some easy baskets.”
Spring Lake junior forward Austin Johnson was a benefactor of Allendale’s turnovers, as he thrived in transition and with his improved outside jumper. He led all scorers with 24 points, which included three 3-pointers.
Johnson wasn’t the only Laker showing confidence in the outside shot. Spring Lake connected on eight 3-pointers on the evening.
Johnson said he consistently tried to make at least 100 jumpers a day and also improved his game by playing with the Grand Rapids Storm AAU team.
“I really like the way we’re playing up-tempo,” Johnson said. “We’re playing fast and getting a lot of good looks.”
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