Finally! Close finish goes in favor of Spring Lake

When Newaygo's Conor Bradley got free for a corner 3-pointer with a chance to win the ball game with two seconds remaining on Tuesday at Spring Lake High School, Lakers' coach Bill Core expected the worst.
Nate Thompson
Jan 25, 2012

With as many excruciatingly close losses the Lakers have experienced this season, Core said he’s begin to wonder about bad karma circling his team. A buzzer-beater loss to the Lions would only add to that feeling.

But for once this season, Core said, “someone else’s heart was broken.”

Lakers’ junior Austin Johnson got a friendly bounce on a tough shot in the paint over a crowd of defenders with six seconds remaining to put the Lakers up a point, and Bradley’s good look out of an in-bounds play following a Lions’ timeout was well short and clanged off the rim as the final buzzer sounded, giving Spring Lake a hard-fought 49-48 victory over Newaygo.

Prior to Tuesday, Spring Lake had experienced five losses by six points or less, and Core said in almost every contest, the opposition had played their best game of the season.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a team that’s experienced so many tough losses,” he said. “This team is mentally drained right now. Those tough losses add up.”

Maybe Tuesday will help the Lakers (6-6 overall, 4-3 Lakes Eight) turn the corner. They had to overcome a feisty, guard-dominated Lions squad that already has more wins this season (7) than any other Newaygo squad in more than a decade.

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