Johnson, Clauss spark Lakers in victory over Warriors

Austin Johnson's hot hand on offense and Adam Clauss' incredible effort set the tone early in the game, leading Spring Lake's varsity boys basketball team to a 63-56 win at Western Michigan Christian.
Tribune Staff
Jan 16, 2012

Johnson scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the opening quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Clauss also got into the act on offense, scoring 13 points, but it was his hustle plays that set him apart, according to coach Bill Core.

Clauss finished with eight steals, several of which came when he doubled down on WMC’s leading scorer, 6-foot-7 center Bernard Smith. Clauss also defended the Warriors’ second-leading scorer, John Waller, and limited WMC’s explosive guard to just two points.

Smith had a strong game for the Warriors with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Adams finished with 14 points, while Henry DeKam had 10 points and six boards.

The Lakers play at Coopersville on Tuesday, then host league-leading Fremont on Friday.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake scored a 46-42 win over WMC.

Freshmen: The Lakers beat the Warriors, 57-47. Kyle Zietlow paced Spring Lake (5-4) with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ryan Nolan added six rebounds, two assists, three blocks and four points, and Mark Williamson scored eight points. Devin Eekhoff scored 22 for the Warriors.

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