LEWISTOWN – After falling behind Graham, 16-13, at the end of the first quarter, Indian Lake turned up the temperature on both ends of the floor, holding the visiting Falcons scoreless for over three consecutive minutes in the third quarter and posting a 60-50 win in boys CBC Mad River Division boys basketball action Jan 8.
Alex Jacobs drained a three-pointer at the end of the first half to give the Lakers (2-3 in the MRD, 5-6 overall) a 29-26 lead. Graham then watched as Beau Hefner netted three treys in the third quarter, giving the hosts a lead they would never relinquish, the Laker zone keeping the Falcons away from the hoop and off the scoreboard when it counted.
Andrew Ford did his best to keep the Falcons (2-3 MRD, 4-8 overall) in the game in the second half as he scored five field goals in the third quarter, but Graham made it to the charity stripe only twice in the third, and did not attempt a free throw in the fourth quarter, the Laker zone limiting the visitors to nine fourth-quarter points.
Far different for the Lakers, as they attempted nine free throws in the fourth period alone and made good use of them, connecting on seven with Hefner going a perfect 6-for-6 in the final period.
Hefner led all scorers with 22 points, including the three treys in the third and going 9-for-10 from the line. Parker Grothaus scored 12 points for the Lakers.
Ford closed the game with 14 points to pace the Falcons, and Cameron Wylie also reached double-digits in scoring with 10.
On the following night, Indian Lake dropped 53-51 decision to Wapakoneta in a non-league game. The game had originally been scheduled as the season opener for both teams, but was pushed back to Jan. 9 as both schools made it into the OHSAA football playoff, necessitating the change.
The Laker boys will be back in action Friday, Jan. 15 when they host Benjamin Logan in another MRD shootout. Indian Lake pasted Ben Logan 66-52 in their first meeting on Dec. 4.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.