Bill Core expected a battle, not a blowout.
But a blowout is exactly what Core got as his Lakers’ varsity boys basketball team raced out to a commanding lead and coasted to a 64-32 win over the host Trojans of Fruitport on Friday night.
“I’ll tell ya, I watched Fruitport’s last two games in person, and I was scared to death of the matchup,” said Core, whose team led 25-5 at the half. “I think the key was that in the first quarter, we played really well defensively, and that took a lot of wind out of their sails, both on the court and the atmosphere in the stands. It was very important to take their crowd out of the game.”
The home fans didn’t have much to cheer about Friday night. After watching the Lakers’ girls hold on for a tight win in the opening contest, the boys’ game was never competitive.
“At halftime, I asked them if they knew it was Spring Lake in the other locker room,” said Trojans’ coach Adam Anspach. “It seemed like the moment was a little too big for them.”
The Trojans nearly went scoreless in the first quarter. Their only point came when senior big man Zack Garber banked in a free throw with a few seconds to play.
Things didn’t get much better in the second quarter, as Garber and Shawn Knox each hit a basket, but that was it.
Spring Lake, on the other hand, had its way on offense, led by center Nick Goeglein. He finished with 15 points, including seven in the opening half.
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