EMOTIONS RUN HIGH AS LAKERS FALL TO EAGLES ON SENIOR NIGHT

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Michael Markoch

LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC- On February 23, 2018, the Laker boys varsity basketball team took on Howardsville Christian on Senior Night in a rematch of their earlier meeting.  This game was a chance for the Lakers to win the BCS White conference outright, but they came up short.

The night started out with a nice ceremony for the seniors to honor them for their four years of playing, but afterwards there was a game to play in front of a packed House of Noise and emotions were running high.

Senior, Tommy Koenig said communication was key in getting off to a good start.

¨We had to focus on the communication, be louder than usual, especially when the crowd was as loud as they were.¨

Koenig started for the Lakers along with the normal starting lineup of Corey Seger, Connor Christensen, Tanner Nutting, and Zach Rogers.

Christensen led the team in scoring with 19 points, while Koenig scored 16 points, and Seger added 12 of his own.

With the Eagles leading, 16-13 with time running down in the first quarter, Junior Christian Monconduit poked the ball loose and tracked it down, tossing a no-look prayer to Koenig for a layup at the buzzer.  The Lakers did it again at the half as Christensen hit a deep three at the horn.

Koenig said those plays were big for the team at the ends of the periods.

¨They were huge plays.  They gave us much needed momentum, especially Connor´s at halftime, to keep us rolling in the second half.¨

The Lakers trailed 33-30 at the break.

Any momentum the Lakers gained, however, was short-lived as Howardsville stayed in front for most of the second half and pulled away with some clutch free throws late and won 70-63.

Koenig says the team isn’t worried about their struggles.

¨We didn’t rebound well when we needed and we came up short at the line.  We will work on those things at practice and they should be easy fixes; we aren’t concerned.¨

The Lakers were outrebounded by the Eagles 32-21 and shot only 8-16 from the foul line.

Unfortunately, the Lakers could not claim the conference title outright, but they will share it with Howardsville Christian and New Buffalo.

 

The loss drops the Lakers to 14-4 (10-2 in BCS White) and improves Howardsville to 12-5 (9-2 BCS White).

The Lakers enter their final week of the regular season with a game against Bridgman on Tuesday, February 27.

 

Works Cited

http://www.heraldpalladium.com/sports/local/catholic-can-t-clinch-white-title/article_10dfa17b-5d4c-52ea-96fb-8eed7bed7e6c.html