Trailing by two points with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation, Spring Lake managed to tie the game without ever inbounding the ball, then went on to dominate overtime in a 59-52 victory at Fremont on Tuesday.
The gutsy victory allowed the Lakers (5-4 overall) to remain atop the Lakes Eight Conference with a perfect 5-0 league record, handing the Packers (6-3 overall) their first conference loss in the process.
But it didn’t come easy.
Spring Lake led by eight points at halftime, but Fremont got hot from 3-point land in the second half and actually led the contest, 47-45, when Dylan Krim forced in a tough shot with 2.8 seconds remaining.
Spring Lake called a time out and set up a bit of a trick play. Charlie Warber took the ball out of bounds. He started running the baseline to the left, then quickly changed directions and headed to his right. At the same time, teammate Zach Montgomery stepped in along the baseline and drew a charge from the defender attempting to remain in front of Warber.
Montgomery calmly sank a pair of free throws to tie the game and force overtime.
In the extra session, the Lakers scored the first five points, and finished 8-of-12 from the free throw line, to score the pivotal Lakes Eight win.
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