Spring Lake’s Kyle Zietlow hit a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in Monday’s game at Grant, giving the the Lakers a 47-45 win.
The game had six lead changes and five timeouts called in the last 40 seconds.
“We haven’t had many close ones,” said coach Bill Core. “We’ve been on some lopsided losses and some lopsided victories. That’s what makes it fun —the chess match and the strategy. It’s just a lot of fun really being involved in that type of atmosphere.”
Spring Lake trailed 40-31 with six minutes left to go in the game. The Lakers then went on a 9-0 run to tie it at 40 with 40 seconds to play.
“We talked about how to get back in the game we needed to clamp down defensively, and that’s what we did,” Core said. “We just got some good stops and rebounds.”
After the tie, Grant hit a free throw to go up 41-40. Then Keegan George scored off an inbounds play to give Spring Lake the lead, 42-41.
Grant hit two more free throws to take it back, 43-42, but a Nick Goeglein jump hook put the Lakers in the lead once again, 44-43.
With 20 seconds left, the Tigers got a put back to go up 45-44.
The Lakers ran down the clock for a while, before the ball went out of bounds with 8 seconds left.
Spring Lake then found Zietlow for his game-winning 3-pointer between the wing and the corner.
Grant missed a desperation heave after crossing half-court.
Zietlow led the Lakers with 19 points, while Goeglein added 12.
Spring Lake moves to 3-0 in Lakes Eight Play, 3-4 overall. The Lakers are undefeated in 2014.
Freshmen: Spring Lake (5-1, 1-1 Lakes Eight) received its first loss of the season on Monday, falling at Grant, 54-48.
Ryan Zietlow led the Lakers with 17 points, four of which came off of 3-pointers.
Bruce Boes added 11 and Dylan Constantine chipped in with eight.
SL girl cagers dominate Grant
Freshman point guard Reiko Johnson scored a career-high 22 points, leading Spring Lake to a commanding 57-27 win at Grant.
The Lakers led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter thanks to eight points from Johnson.
The Lakers' young point guard added a 3-pointer in the second quarter, then scored nine points in the third as Spring Lake's lead swelled to 52-22.
Kelsee Zuidema added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, while Remi French and Emily VanWingen each scored seven. French also had 15 rebounds, an area coach Rich Hyde said he emphasized before the game.
Needless to say he was happy with the results.
“When your point guard is running for some easy layups and you pound it inside later, you get that balance that really worked out for us,” Hyde said.
Junior Varsity: Spring Lake (5-2, 4-0 Lakes Eight) was down until the last three minutes of Monday’s contest against Grant, before pulling out a 29-26 victory.
Nora Adkins and Katie Mumby each had nine points, while Sadie Tanner and Bethie Bronold scored five apiece.
WMC falls on road to Vikings
A physical defensive struggle at Whitehall Tuesday night ended with the host Vikings defeating Western Michigan Christian in boys basketball action, 39-32.
Whitehall was successful at bottling up the Warriors' high-scoring center Bernard Smith the first half. Smith, who averages about 25 points per game, went to the locker room at halftime with two points and his team trailing 18-6.
The Warriors dialed up some pressure the second half and trailed 24-16 going into the final period.
Smith had four points at the end of the third period before scoring eight in the closing quarter.
WMC was being coached by assistant coach Matt Dugener who was filling in for Kyle Mastenbrook whose wife gave birth to a baby girl Monday.
Junior Varsity: WMC lost to Whitehall, 56-52. Michael Merz scored 12 points for the Warriors while Chris Hain added 10 and Dylan Mines eight.
GH bowling defeats Grandville
Grand Haven's girls bowlers scored a 29-1 win over Grandville on Monday.
The Buccaneers swept all 10 Baker game points, thanks to game scores of 141 and 149.
Individually, Meagan Batka scored two points, as did Breanna Olthof, Becca Hatinger and Taryn Metzler.
Dominique Sauers added a single point for Grand Haven, which is now 2-1 on the year.
The Grand Haven boys also won easily, scoring a 26-4 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Bucs' boys used Baker games of 157 and 194 to sweep those points.
Individually, Brennan Batka won a pair of individual points, while Brendon Vanderstel, Chris Clark, Jimmy Mitchell and Justin White added individual points for the 3-0 Bucs.
"The lanes were more difficult than normal since the bowling center made a mistake and put the wrong oil pattern on the lanes," noted Bucs' coach Pat Mitchell. "I don't think the results would have changed, but the scores would have been higher."
Grand Haven hosts Hudsonville on Wednesday at Starlite Lanes.