After leading for much of the game, the Lake Land mens basketball team fell to Rend Lake, 93-89, on Saturday afternoon.
It was the tale of two halves for Lake Land. Having never trailed in the first 20 minutes, the Lakers appeared in control.
Maurice Harris’ layup with 7:20 to go triggered a 16-4 Lake Land run, capped by an Isaiah May 3-pointer that put the Lakers ahead 45-33 near the three minute mark. Twelve points would be Lake Land’s largest lead of the game.
Led by Adam Price and his 13 first-half points, the Lakers shot a blistering 56 percent from the field in the opening half. They led 50-43 after 20 minutes.
Lake Land struggled at the beginning of the second half. It took less than two minutes for the Warriors to take the lead with a quick 8-0 run to start the half.
The teams went back and forth with several lead changes the rest of the second half. Eventually, the Lakers built their lead back to eight, 83-75, after two Jevon Morris free throws with four minutes to go.
But the Warriors then went on a 10-1 run to take an 85-84 lead that they would never give up. Price missed a potential game tying 3-pointer from the corner with less than 15 seconds left and Rend Lake made enough free throws to escape for the four-point win.
The Lakers were outscored 50-39 in the second half, their shooting percentage dropping to 36 during the final 20 minutes.
The Lakers’ balanced scoring effort was led by May’s 17. Morris tossed in 16, Ty Waller scored 12, and Price had 13. The loss drops the Lakers’ record to 5-15 overall, 1-9 in conference play. Rend Lake improved to 10-10, 3-6.
Lake Land next plays host to Olney Central at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.