The Spring Lake boys basketball team defeated visiting Ludington on Monday, 65-61, giving the Lakers a two game lead on the Packers with their matchup being the one conference game left on the schedule.
“That’s why tonight’s game was so important,” said coach Bill Core. “It takes a little pressure off that game Thursday night.
“Don’t get me wrong — we’re going to want to finish an undefeated season in league, but we feel very fortunate to go back-to-back as conference champions.”
The Lakers’ defense set the tone early Monday, holding the Orioles to three first quarter points.
Spring Lake took a 29-22 lead into the break, and increased it to as high as 17 points in the third quarter, but Ludington wouldn’t quit, getting to within four with under five minutes left to play.
The Lakers hit their free throws down the stretch though, going 10 of 14 from the charity stripe in the last quarter to help seal the victory.
The four point final margin was a bit deceptive, as the Orioles hit a throwaway three-pointer at the final buzzer.
Spring Lake was led on the night by its high-scoring trio of Nick Goeglein, Kyle Zietlow and Keegan George.
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