RECAP: Plainwell boys survive late charge to beat Lakeview 58-57

The Plainwell Trojans boys basketball team earned a home win Tuesday evening over the Lakeview Spartans 58-57 in what ended up being a game of bursts.    The Trojans, now 3-1 on the season, controlled the first quarter and held a 17-8 lead after one.   The Spartans, who fell to 1-4, roared back in the second quarter and briefly held a one-point lead on two occasions, before surrendering the lead 25-24 at the break.

Plainwell again pulled away, this time using a 19-3 run in the first five minutes of the third quarter for their largest lead of the contest.  Lakeview got back within 14 for a 49-35 score after three.

The Spartans used pressure defense, steals, and blocked shots to stay in the game, eventually claiming the lead with 2:10 remaining.  After trading the lead, Plainwell’s Luke Morrell scored on an offensive rebound to put the score at 58-57 with 5.5 seconds remaining.

Lakeview captain CJ Foster got the ball and drove into the paint for a shooting foul with 0.7 seconds remaining.   However, he missed both free throws, keeping the score at 58-57 for the final.   It was an uncharacteristically off night for the talented senior, who scored only one point.   He was comforted by teammates and even opposing coach Dan Klein following the game’s conclusion.

Lakeview’s Anthony Evans led all players with 22 points.  Cooper Grosteffon scored 14 with another 10 from Hunter Baize.  Morrell topped the Trojans with 19.  Another 16 came from Evan Finch.

Plainwell hits the road Friday with a trip to Allegan.  Meanwhile, Lakeview is off until next Tuesday, when they host Portage Central.

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