Boys basketball: Lake Station knocks off rival River Forest
HOBART — The rivalry between Lake Station and River Forest was evident before Friday’s game as both teams were waiting for each other to take the floor in warm-ups. But once they did take the floor, Lake Station managed to hold off River Forest for a 61-49 victory.
“This was by far our best week of practice and the fact that we were playing a huge rival inspired the team to come out and play well against a solid opponent that was equally up for the challenge tonight,” Lake Station coach Robert Burke said.
Both teams traded early baskets until Lake Station mounted an 8-0 run to take a 15-9 lead after one quarter.
Lake Station (8-8, 4-3 GSSC) maintained the lead through the second quarter, led by Dwayne Haden, who led the Eagles with 19 points. River Forest cut into the lead several times only to see Lake Station answer right back, as the Eagles took a 28-21 lead into the locker room.
River Forest (7-7, 3-4 GSSC), came out strong in the third quarter on the hot shooting of Brandon Laas. The junior was solid from the perimeter, contributing 13 of his game-high 21 points in the third.
River Forest took the lead late in the quarter but Lake Station had answer in Elias Williams, who was a key contributor with his solid low post play.
“Give credit to my teammates for their solid play getting the ball to me in situations where I could contribute to the team,” Williams said. “This is a rival game that both teams played hard, we played well and that led us to the win.”
As for who took the floor first, well it was something that inspired both teams as they prepared to battle.
“It was all in respect to the rivalry that we wanted to come out after River Forest tonight for warm-ups, it was a motivating moment for both teams,” Willams said.