The history between the Dowagiac Chieftains and the Lakeshore Lancers is storied with legendary battles between the two schools. From the gridiron to the diamond, the two programs battle to the end. The 2020 hardwood addition lived up to the annual Cass County v. Berrien County showcase. The Cass County Chieftains of Dowagiac battled with the undefeated Lancers with very little room for error, but the Lakeshore free throw advantage, and Dowagiac’s 9-25 three-point shooting proved to be the slim difference as the Lancers pulled away for the 53-41 victory.
Lakeshore (4-0), was led by Dylan Clem, Ben Brower, and JJ Bushu. The three combined for 41 of the Lancers 53 points with balanced scoring as Clem had 15 points and the Bower-Bushu combo each scored 13. Ja’Kobe Young was a monster on the boards as he corralled a team high 11 rebounds out of the 30 total collected. Offensively, Lakeshore out rebounded the Chieftains 11-5, and the Lancers’ 30 total rebounds were nearly double of Dowagiac (17). Six Lancers scored in the game.
DJ Lanier led Dowagiac with a game-high 24 points, but the Chieftains placed just one other scorer in double-figures as DeShawn Brooks netted 14 points. The two combined for 38 of the 41 points allowed by Lakeshore with Henry Weller being the only other Chieftain to score with three points. Downtown Dowagiac provided the offensive spark as the Chieftains nailed nine three pointers in the game, but they missed on 16 other attempts while Lakeshore did much of their damage under the basket and at the free throw stripe. Lakeshore attempted 26 free throw shots with 20 falling threw the net. After a fairly even first half with both teams shooting in the .300s, Lakeshore shot .563 (9-16) in the second half to Dowagiac’s .381 (8-21) to provide some space between the two.
Lakeshore is next in action this Friday night in a SMAC West Doubleheader at Portage Northern High School. Girls start around 5:45PM with the boy’s game around 7PM. If you can’t attend the game, you can listen for free on the Lakeshore Lancers Network and follow updates on Twitter @LHSLancerSports or on Facebook at Lakeshore Lancer Athletics.