Lakers fall short of Spartans on the road

SCOTTVILLE — The Bear Lake boys basketball team fell just short of Mason County Central, 47-43, on Monday in a non-conference matchup.

“It was a good, hard fought game,” said Lakers coach Garret Waller. “We had plenty of opportunities (to overcome the deficit) late in the game, but we just didn’t make it happen.”

Bear Lake (5-5) had to play from behind most of the night after trailing 13-5 by the end of the first quarter and 22-14 by halftime. The Lakers outscored the Spartans (5-5) by five points in the third to close the gap to 34-31, but were unable to complete the comeback down the stretch.

“There was a lot of little things you could pick apart that would have made the difference, but they’re just what we’ll have to work on in practice,” Waller said.

Bear Lake senior Trey Gilbert led his team with 19 points, four steals, three assists and three rebounds. The Lakers’ one-two punch in the post, Zach Belinsky and Bradley Novak, each netted eight. Belinsky added five rebounds, four assists and two steals while Novak had four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

“It was a good non-conference game to have on our schedule,” Waller said, despite the loss. “It was a tough team from a tough conference, which I think can only help us get better.”

The Lakers will be back to West Michigan D League action on Friday when they travel to Baldwin (2-7) for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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