Men's Basketball Game v. St Xavier
This past Saturday, the Men’s basketball team took on the NAIA D-II 11th rated St Xavier Cougars at home. The near capacity crowd did not have to wait long for excitement. Darius Barnes, a Freshman from Milwaukee scored 10 of his Laker Leading 28 points in the first three minutes including two monster dunks as the Lakers jumped out to a 10-5 lead. The Lakers continued to go toe to toe with the Cougars and took a 47-45 lead into the locker room at the half thanks to a great tip in at the buzzer by Sophomore Austin Allen Walker from Milwaukee.
The second half was close thanks to a 17 point flurry from Junior Javaughn Freeman of West Allis, Wisconsin until about the seven minute mark when the Cougars took charge for good. The combination of NCAA D-I transfer from Valparaiso University, Brad Karp (34 points and 15 rebounds), NAIA D-II transfer, Mike Simpson, from the National Champion Cardinal Stritch (17 points), 6’8” Josh Mawhoor (17 points) and shooting 82% from the floor for the second half proved to be too much for the Lakers. The game was much closer than the final score would indicate. The men’s basketball team is beginning to gain respect in the basketball community as well as in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference witnessed by the post-game article on St Xavier’s website where they called the win a “key road victory”.
The Lakers shot 50% for the game and were led by Darius Barnes’ double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Parker of Gainesville, Florida scored 20 points and Javaughn Freeman contributed 17 points to round out the double figure scorers for the Lakers. Derek Domino of Parkland Florida added 9 points to go with his 6 rebounds and 7 assists, Kyle Lundberg of Delray Beach, Florida added 7 points, John Duke and Austin Allen Walker of Milwaukee added 3 and 2 points respectively and Carl Jean of Deerfield Beach, Florida rounded out the scoring with 2 points. The Lakers are now 2-3 and travel today to Northland International University to take on the Pioneers at 8:00 pm immediately following the Lady Laker’s game at 6:00 pm.