WHITEHALL — Basketball is often described as a game of runs, and in their season opener Tuesday night the Spring Lake boys basketball team won 61-48 on the back of a pair of crucial runs.

“We stress defense and rebounding and that’s where it started,” head coach Bill Core said. “We put Lucas (Lyyski) on their muscle man and when we did that, Lucas batted the ball away, he fronted and got steals when they tried to lob it in. So we got turnovers from our defense and that jump started our offense. I’ve got to convince our guys good defense will lead to our offense.”

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