Spring Lake boys put on defensive clinic

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM

SPRING LAKE — Austin Johnson’s torrid scoring grabs a lot of headlines for the Spring Lake varsity boys basketball team.

But the Lakers’ defense is perhaps even more impressive.

Spring Lake shut down rival Fruitport on Friday night, holding the Trojans to a season-low scoring output in a 45-28 victory.

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“All in all, tonight was maybe our best defensive effort of the year,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team is now 9-2 overall and 5-0 in Lakes Eight Conference play.

Core was especially excited about his team’s low-post defense, as well as the job Charlie Warber and J.P. Batts did in slowing down Fruitport’s leading scorer, Tyler Fehler. Fehler, who averages 15 points per game, scored just five on Friday.

“Fruitport’s a good team, and to hold them to 28 points is pretty good,” Core said. “We really controlled their dribble drive, and (center Nick) Goeglein did a good job in there. He’s getting better and better.”

On the offensive end, the Lakers once again called upon Austin Johnson, and he answered, scoring a game-high 18 points, including his 1,000th career point.

Adam Clauss added eight and Batts, playing his first game of the season, scored six for Spring Lake.

Big man Amilio Flores led Fruitport with 10 points. He was unable to get going until late in the game, when he scored six points in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t do a good job establishing Amilo early,” Andree said. “We need to get it to him more.”

Aaron Veihl knocked down a 3-pointer and scored nine for the Trojans to go with a pair of assists.

Travis Grimm had six boards for the Trojans, who played without junior guard Luke Brown. He was out sick.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake pounded Fruitport, 60-32. Zach Montgomery had 16 points, and Mark Williamson grabbed 10 rebounds.

Freshmen: Spring Lake knocked off Fruitport, 43-40. Drew Johnson scored 14 for the Lakers (4-5), while Marshall Gabala had 11 points and nine rebounds. Sam Pranger added seven points.

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