Post and Mail photo / James Thomlison
Tyler Arrowsmith contorts for a rebound Friday against Lakeland.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The crowd in Churubusco, having just watched a Lady Eagle loss to Lakeland, watched its boys team return the favor to the Lakers in the second contest of the â€˜Busco-hosted double-header by a score of 47-44.
In the first eight minutes, the score was knotted at two, four and nine. Eagles Smith, Austin Goepfrich, Dylan Jones and Josh LeFever all scored, as did Lakers Tim Abbott, Cody Richardson and Jalen King. King hit from long range as the buzzer sounded to even the score at 9-9.
Tied at 13, Lakeland went on a tear, notching nine of the next 12 points.
Spencer Mortola hit a jumper before Arrowsmith was sent to the charity stripe, missing both freebies. Laker Richardson scored from the field and Mortola found the net on consecutive possessions for four of his six first-half points.
Following trades from 15 feet to start the third, Arrowsmith recorded four straight points â€” including a score resulting from a second-straight offensive rebound â€” to bring the score within two, 23-21. On the Lakerâ€™s next possession, Abbott connected from beyond the arc and Mortola scored to give Lakeland a seven point advantage (28-21), its largest of the game.
Churubusco went on a scoring streak of nine unanswered points.
Field goals by Arrowsmith and LeFever were answered by 3-pointers from King and Richardson â€” netting the two teams at 36, the sixth tie of the game.
King, who had a team-high 14 points, sunk a shot from 20 feet with 23 seconds left to bring the game to a 45-44 score. Three more free throws by Dylan Jones and a missed 3-point attempt by Lakeland sealed the game with a final of 47-44.
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