The Lakers had to adjust before the opening tip when head coach Bill Core suddenly came down with the flu and had to sit out the remainder of the evening. Assistant coach Randy White took over the coaching duties for the game and helped the squad to a 71-35 road win over the Falcons.
“I wasn’t expecting to be a head coach tonight, but it was fun to get out there and coach this group,” he said after the game. “The guys played really unselfishly tonight. We passed the ball well and played strong, collective team defense.”
Spring Lake made sure to leave no doubt early, as the squad knocked down 12 of their first 17 attempts from the field, including four 3-pointers, to rush out to a 29-10 lead after the first quarter.
The Laker defense would do the rest, holding the Falcons to 25 points the rest of the way to coast to the finish line of the conference season.
Seniors Griffin Lorimer and Ben Arteaga each scored 12 points to lead the Lakers (15-4, 9-3 O-K Blue), while junior guard Kyle Wiersma added 11 points.
For the game, Spring Lake shot 57 percent (26-of-45) from the field, while holding West Catholic to 19 percent (10-of-51) from the field. The Lakers also outrebounded the overmatched Falcons by a total of 43-18.
“We really shot the ball well in that first quarter,” White added. “We knocked down four 3-pointers early on and those were all a result of great team passing. We moved the ball quickly and kids were making the extra pass to set up great looks at the basket.
“Defensively, we stayed consistent and really made them work for their points. They had three guys score 33 of their 35 points, so we really limited the damage and never really eased up on them once we jumped out to a nice lead.
“It was a nice win for our team heading into a long week off before our season finale.”
The Lakers will host Muskegon Heights Academy (8-10) next Tuesday at 7 p.m. for Senior Night at Spring Lake High School.
Junior varsity: Spring Lake defeated West Catholic, 44-41. The Lakers clinched a share of the O-K Blue Conference title with the win. Grant Kieft paced the squad with 12 points, while Isiah Lindsey added 10.
Freshmen: Spring Lake defeated West Catholic, 53-51. The Lakers were lead on offense by Charlie Furton and Callum Saxe. Furton was 12-for-13 from the free throw line and had 20 points, while Saxe added eight points, including four critical points in the fourth quarter.