After losing just twice in 23 games last winter, Spring Lake’s varsity boys basketball team is now winless in three games to start the current season.
Those three losses are against opponents with a combined 9-0 record. Still, it’s a tough pill to swallow for the Lakers, especially for those who were a part of last year’s team.
“It’s not want we wanted,” said senior Nick Goeglein after Spring Lake’s 62-48 loss at Mona Shores on Wednesday night. “But we’re 0-0 in the conference, and that’s what really matters. These early games don’t count for anything.”
The “real season” — the Lakes Eight Conference season — begins Friday, when Spring Lake travels to Grant.
Coming off Monday’s 29-point loss to Shelby, Spring Lake was looking for a better effort against Mona Shores in a rare Wednesday night game, and the Lakers certainly played better.
The Sailors led 30-22 at the half, and it was only that close thanks to a big effort by the Lakers’ big man in the middle, Goeglein. The 6-foot-7 senior poured in 11 of his 19 points in the opening half, and scored six more points in the third.
The Lakers trimmed the Sailors’ lead to just two points with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter on Kyle Zietlow’s 3-pointer. Keegan George then was fouled and split a pair of free throws, making it 34-33.
That was as close as the Lakers would get.
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