The Three Lakes boys basketball team broke into 2019 in a big way last week, winning a pair of Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) contests on back-to-back nights as they defeated Goodman-Pembine at home Thursday and tripped up White Lake by 36 on the road, Friday.

“It was great to see that our rebounding has really improved, as well as that our turnovers have significantly decreased during these two wins,” said head coach Ryan Bock. “These were areas that have plagued us during some of the games. I truly hope that our attention to improving in these areas will pay dividends as the season continues.”

For Three Lakes the win improved their overall record to 4-6 and to 3-3 in the NLC. At White Lake this past Friday, it was the fourth win in five games for Bock’s squad which took care of business early in the 73-37 win.

The win wasn’t necessarily surprising, but according to Bock it’s tough no matter what when games come on consecutive days.

“Playing the second game in a double-header on the road can be challenging,” said Bock. “I felt the guys accepted the challenge and embraced it well.”

Without an early offense to boost themselves, Three Lakes leaned on their defense in the first half of Friday’s contest as they eventually built a comfortable 35-21 lead at the half.

“Our shots weren't falling to start, including our free throws,” said Bock. “Logan Erikson and Ethan Spears were our spark offensively during the first half. When other guys were struggling, they were able to keep us rolling. Eventually the scoring became more balanced and everyone chipped in.”

Spears had his biggest offensive night of the season as he tallied 25 points to lead all scorers. In support, Three Lakes also got 13 from Erickson, nine from Gabe LoGalbo, eight apiece from Nate Cogar and Kaden Scimeca, five from Brock Walkowski, three from Griffin Schroeder and Sam Holzbauer.

Win at home

Thursday night the Bluejays played Goodman-Pembine and got their 2019 schedule off to a good start as they dominated from opening tip to the 67-29 win.

“I felt that we put a complete game together,” said Bock. “We got a lot of stops defensively, and we really got into a rhythm offensively.  We finished well and our outside shots were falling too.”

Three Lakes sprinted out of the gates and utilized a fast start on the offensive end to build a 38-13 lead at the halftime break. Much of the offensive firepower was courtesy of a host of Bluejays which Bock said was good to see coming back from the holiday break.

“We had four players in double digits, and defensively didn’t allow any of their players to get into a groove on the offensive end,” he said. “It was a great team effort on both sides of the court. It’s a great feeling when things go the way they are supposed to throughout the entire game.”

Erickson had a game-high 14 to lead the way for Three Lakes. He was followed by 12 each from Walkowski and Cogar while Scimeca was also in double-digits with 11.