Lakers vs Carthage College
Tuesday night the men’s basketball team traveled to Carthage College to play a varsity reserve and varsity game. In the varsity reserve contest, the Lakers lost 97-84. It was great to see several of the players get a chance to place some longer minutes than they do in the varsity games. All eight players hit the scoring column. Wesley Dowell and Chris Jones led the way with 14 points each. Three other Lakers scored in double figures. Dru Harris and Aaron Davis each had 11 points and Austin Walker contributed 10 points. Carl Jean added 9 points, Stevens Alexis scored 8 points including a slam dunk, Tyler Wells added 5 points and Kevin Ramirez rounded out the scoring with 3 points.
In the varsity contest, the Lakers played a fantastic game for the full 40 minutes. They played great defense, ran their offense with precision and ran the court well. The game was hotly contested all the way to the end. The Lakers cut the half time deficit to 7 late in the half and had a chance to cut it to 5 but could not convert on a fast break. I was very pleased with the effort of the entire team. They gave 100% for 40 minutes. The Lakers were led in scoring by Darius Barnes who scored 17 points to go with 8 rebounds. The Lakers had two other players in double figures. Kyle Lundberg scored 15 points on 6 for 9 from the floor and 2 for 3 from the charity stripe and John Duke added 12 points to go with his game high 10 rebounds. Chris Jones and Anthony Parker rounded out the scoring with 7 and 5 points respectively. Derek Domino, the floor general, ran the show and dished out a game high 7 assists.
I was extremely pleased with our level of play and intensity. We are beginning to see the development of a cohesive unit where each and every player is contributing to the effort. If we can continue to improve, there are good things on the horizon. The Lakers head this Saturday to Huntington, Indiana to take on the Huntington University Foresters. The Foresters remain undefeated at 8-0 and are ranked 14th in the current NAIA D-II national rankings. As you can see the tough games keep coming. However, I attribute the teams improvement and growth to the strength of the schedule.
The players and I again thank you for your support. Hope to see you at our next home game Thursday January 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm.