RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL – Wednesday, March 8th, the Lake Michigan Catholic boys varsity basketball team took on Dream Academy, and were able to win in an exhilarating game, 55-52. This win advanced the Lakers to the class D district finals, where they will play Michigan Lutheran for the title.

During the first half, Dream held the lead most of the time, but the Lakers never let them get ahead by much more than six points. The third quarter was very similar to the first and second with the Lakers shooting and making many of their shots, but not getting very many rebounds when they did miss.

Overall, the Lakers only had 19 rebounds compared to Dream’s 48. Despite this, the Lakers were able to prevent Dream from getting too big of a lead, and were able to make clutch shots when it mattered most.

As the fourth quarter began, the Lakers began to take the lead. The entire fourth quarter just went back and forth between LMC leading and Dream leading.

With just a few minutes left the Lakers were able to hold the lead, but were never able to pull away. The game was tied 49-49 with just under a minute left, and the Lakers had the ball.

The Lakers dribbled up the court, and passed it to senior, Tommy Koenig, who drained a three to give the Lakers a three point lead. Dream took the ball down the court, but wasn’t able to make a shot; Koenig got the rebound, was fouled, and then made both free throws.

Dream missed another shot and the Lakers got the ball, but quickly lost it. One of the Dream players hurried down court and made a three pointer.

With almost no time left the Lakers were leading 54-52, when senior, Connor Christensen was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Lakers quickly got the ball back to Koening who was fouled.

He was able make the first free throw, which brought the Lakers up by three. He missed the second, but with under two seconds left, nothing else could be done.

Koenig lead the team in points and rebounds, with 20 points and six rebounds. He also made six clutch points when the game was on the line.

“I just focused on the nothing but making the free throw, (and) just tried to block everything else out.

This was an especially big game for the Lakers because they lost to Dream Academy last year in the district finals. Also, heading into the tournament, Dream was considered by most viewers the number one team in the district.

Koenig has high hopes for the game on Friday, March 9th, in which the Lakers will take on the ML Titans to try to win the district trophy.

“I think we’ll win, but we can’t underestimate them; we just have to focus on this game.”

Good luck to the Lakers on their run for the district title and with whatever may come after that.