Blue Devils roll in home opener
After jumping to an early lead, the Battle Creek Lakeview Spartans could not hold off the attack of Gull Lake’s boys’ varsity team. It was a night that never seemed in doubt, as the boys took a lead in the first quarter and ended up winning 63-54.
In the first home game in the new conference, the Devils were happy to see the support from fans.
“It seemed like the whole community was in the gym, it was a great way to step up for the new conference,” senior Lucas Hamelink said.
The lead came from some early hot shooting by junior Dean Kolstad, who hit several step backs to help the team overcome the deficit.
Senior Brian Bennett again showed his range by giving the team high score of 15, several of the scores coming from behind the three-point arc. Bennett also leads the overall scoring with 28 on the season. Kolstad barely trails with 27.
But possibly the biggest excitement of the game came in the last seven seconds when senior Xavier Prather pounded a two-handed slam dunk.
“It was a good win for us. We got a lot of people involved,” Prather said after the game.
The Blue Devils heavily relied on their post game to help pull out the victory. The duo of senior Josh Throop and sophomore Odell Miller got the most rebounds for the team. Throop had 10 points to lead all post players. Miller, filling in for injured senior Jason Shively, performed admirably in his first home varsity start, netting eight points.
The only trouble the Devils had was finding a way to stop the hot shooting Brennan Kerr, who shot lights out for 13 points. The game high for the Spartans came from Cameron George-Thompson, who added 14 to the Lakeview cause.
“Lakeview was a good team, but we ran the floor well and beat them with defense,” Hamelink said.
The Devils were happy with their performance in their home opener.
“The game was a good way to show out for our home crowd,” Prather said.
Added Hamelink, “It was a great team win.”
By Adam Renuart and Ryan Fleury