Leading by one with 20 seconds left to play, Spring Lake center Nick Goeglein put back a missed free throw to give the Lakers a 48-45 lead. Grant was unable to convert on two subsequent trips to the offensive end, allowing Spring Lake to hold on for the victory.
Two of Grant’s players started off with especially hot hands Friday. Tyler Manlick had nine of his 14 points in the first quarter, and Nick Brown had 12 of his game-high 20 at the half.
The duo’s play helped Grant to a 31-25 halftime lead.
“We kind of challenged them a bit,” Spring Lake coach Bill Core said of his coaching staff’s communication with the team at halftime. “We said that we thought they shot well, that we needed to intensify the defense and keep them off the line.”
Spring Lake did just that in the third quarter, holding Grant without a field goal. The Tigers mustered just two made free throws in the quarter.
The Lakers went up three heading into the fourth — a lead they would never relinquish.
Spring Lake moves to 6-0 in conference play.
Nick Goeglein led the Lakers with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Charlie Warber chipped in with eight boards of his own.
Next up for Spring Lake is a home matchup with Godwin Heights on Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled as the Lakers season-opener, but had to be moved due to weather conditions. The Wolverines are currently the No. 2 team in Class B.