Lakers’ coach Bill Core faced a tough decision.
Going into Friday night’s regular-season finale against Zeeland West, Spring Lake’s varsity boys basketball team had already played two grueling conference games this week against Ludington and Fremont.
And on Monday, the Lakers put their season on the line in the Class B district tournament against a strong Whitehall team.
So Core spent all day Friday agonizing over how many minutes to give his starters, and how much emphasis to put on the non-conference contest.
It turns out, everything went just fine.
Despite trialing by nine points at the half, the Lakers battled back and scored an impressive 62-56 win over the Dux.
In the process, Core was able to start all three seniors, including Dan Hogan, and give his normal starters plenty of rest while still getting the win.
“We obviously wanted to be competitive in this game, but we had four tough games in a week, and it was bothering me all day, trying to figure out what was the right thing to do,” said Core, whose team finished the regular season at 14-6. “We ended up resting our starters more than usual. All 12 guys played, and all 12 contributed. And any time we had a sub in, we had a nice balance, we stayed competitive, and hopefully, we have rejuvenated legs for Monday night.
“It couldn’t have worked out better.”
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