Lake Land College men’s basketball team turned the ball over 21 times, and gave up 14 offensive boards, including 10 in the second half in a 85-78 loss on Saturday afternoon to Lewis & Clark Community College.
Lake Land fell behind 4-0 quickly as Lewis and Clark had back-to-back put backs. After a quick thirty-second timeout, the Lakers were able to come out and get their first bucket, a field goal by Clint Weber at 17:40 in the first half.
The Trailblazers kept the lead between two and four points until an Adam Price free throw gave the Lakers their first lead at 15:03. On the next possession, a Ty Waller field goal gave the Lakers a three-point lead.
Lake Land would eventually push the lead to as much as eight on a Hunter White field goal with 5:52 to go in the half. Lewis and Clark would respond with a 17-4 run over the next four minutes to take the lead for good in the first half on a Cam McNeill field goal with 0:15 to go in the half, 37-33.
The Lakers would get one last score on a Weber field goal to make it a 37-35 L&C lead at halftime.
For the first half, the Lakers shot 48% while the Blazers shot 40%. Lewis and Clark used an eight-to-four rebounding advantage to get the lead.
The Lakers would come out the locker room on the first possession and take the lead for the last time, this time on an Isaiah May 3-point shot off a White kick. Lewis and Clark would take the lead right back on the next possession on a Jevon Laidler field goal.
The teams would trade baskets over the next six minutes before a 9-4 spurt gave the Trailblazers the lead 62-53 on an Ephraim Butler free throw with 10:41 remaining.
The lead would stay between two and nine for the next seven minutes, before Adam Price hit two free throws, capping a 7-0 run for the Lakers and tying the score at 74 with 3:42 to go.
Laidler would hit two free throws giving the Trailblazers lead, which they would sustain. They were able to push it to the final tally of seven thanks to fouls at the end.
Price led the Lakers with 18 and three assists. Weber added 14 on 7-7 shooting while grabbing six rebounds. Waller added 14 as well. White led the team with seven assists.
Leading the way for Lewis & Clark was Laidler with 20.