Things couldn’t have started off much worse for Spring Lake’s varsity boys basketball team on Friday night.
Facing their rivals from Fruitport, with a chance to clinch at least a share of the Lakes Eight Conference title, the Lakers saw two starters pick up two fouls in the opening few minutes of the game.
That serious disruption of the lineup knocked the Lakers off their game, and they trailed 6-2 at the end of the first quarter and 16-9 at the half.
But a huge third quarter righted the ship for coach Bill Core’s team, which held on for a 35-30 victory.
The victory was the 22nd straight league win for the Lakers, who were a perfect 12-0 in Lakes Eight play last year and are 10-0 this year with two games remaining. They have a two-game lead over Fremont, so the Lakers can do no worse than tie for the league title.
Spring Lake seniors Nick Goeglein and Charlie Warber were both tagged with early foul trouble and had to watch from the bench as their team struggled mightily in the first half.
“It was rough, but it was my fault,” said Goeglein, who finished with six points for the Lakers. “I made some dumb moves. We just needed to calm down and put the ball in the basket. After we got into the third quarter, I didn’t think we would lose it.
“We were aiming for this conference championship from the beginning of the season, even after the four losses (to start the season). We never thought we were out of it.”
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