The arrival of Sean Schroeder in Stevensville from the Sunshine State in the early 2000s turned a once struggling Lancer boy’s basketball program into one of the top Class B programs in the state. Many coaches have commented on the stifling defense the Lancers play, often holding teams to 40 points or less, and Lakeshore proved tonight that yet another first quarter deficit can be conquered. St. Joseph and Dowagiac both led Laleshore after one this season, and the Lancers shutdown the Bears and led just before halftime against the Chieftains. Portage Northern took their shot, led 20-13 after one, but Lakeshore outscored the Huskies 19-1 in the second quarter and won the SMAC West matchup 49-35 tonight in The Igloo.
JJ Bushu led Lakeshore with 17 points while Ben Brower added 13 and Dylan Clem 10. Brower led the Lancers in rebounds with seven with Ja’Kobe Young locking in five. As a team, the Lancers once again won the rebounding edge with 33 compared to 18 for the Huskies.
Portage Northern not only had the lead after the first quarter 20-13, but they managed to outscore the Lancers 9-2 in the third quarter. However, the second and fourth quarters belonged to Lakeshore as they outscored the Huskies 19-1 and 15-5.
For the Huskies, just one player scored in double digits as Nate Mason finished with 12 points. No other Husky player scored more than six points.
Lakeshore continues their road course next week as they travel on Tuesday to Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, Mattawan on Friday, and South Bend Adams on Saturday. Lancer Gym welcomes its second straight Cass County neighbor on Tuesday, January 21st when the Eddies of Edwardsburg travel to Stevensville for a 7PM showdown.