Boys hoops roundup: Hot-shooting Lakers clip Cards early

Spring Lake entered Friday's home contest against rival Orchard View with its starting point guard, Adam Clauss, under the weather, and his back-up, Ben Keller, home sick.
Tribune Staff
Feb 4, 2012

The Lakers still managed to make the Cardinals feel sick to their stomach after a red-hot shooting first quarter.

Spring Lake connected on 7-of-9 of its field goals in the opening eight minutes, including three 3-pointers and outscored the Cardinals 20-8. The Lakers never trailed the rest of the way in the 60-41 final.

With the win, Spring Lake improves to 8-6 overall and 6-3 in the Lakes Eight Conference. Orchard View’s struggling season continues as it falls to 1-12 and 1-8 in league play.

Spring Lake coach Bill Core was pleased that a pair of players — Austin Gabris and J.P. Batts — stepped up in place of the team’s ailing point guards. Gabris scored five points in the Lakers’ big first quarter, and Batts scored all of his five points in the first half.

“Those two stepping up right off the bat was really key,” Core said. “That got us off and running.”

Spring Lake’s lead increased to as high as 23 points in the second half.

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