Beau Hefner scored 24 points, dished out eights assists, and picked up three steals as Indian Lake put on a show in handing CBC Mad River Division-leader Urbana a 60-50 loss on the Hillclimbers’ home court Jan. 22. It was the first division loss for the ‘Climbers, who fall to 10-5 overall and 6-1 in the MRD, while the Lakers improve to 8-7 for the season and 5-2 in the league.
Hefner and Company burned up the nets against the ‘Climbers, going 17-for-33 (51 percent) from the floor and 7-for-16 (43 percent) from three-point land. Throw in 10 steals, 10 offensive rebounds, 14 assists on their 24 baskets, seven treys, and the fact that the Lakers committed only eight turnovers, Urbana had both hands full trying to contain the visitors.
Laker Alex Jacobs went 4-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-4 from three-point land and closed with 15 points for the winners. Troy Carter scored nine points and Colin Coburn had eight and each had, along with Parker Grothaus, seven rebounds.
The win is the third for the Lakers in their last four outings, and it’s easy to see why they stand only one game out of first place in the MRD. Hefner is fifth in the CBC in scoring (second in the MRD) with 16.9 points per game, but is blowing the field away when it comes to dishing dimes as he is logging marvelous 5.7 assists per game, more than an assist and a half better than anyone in the 12-team CBC. Jacobs and Hefner are both in the top five in steals per game and at least one Laker appears on the top of the leader boards in rebounds (Grothaus 7.9 per game), blocks (Carter 1.7 per game), and field-goal percentage (Carter again, with 59.6 percent from the floor).
Indian Lake has seven games remaining in the regular season, with three of those coming against MRD opponents. After hosting Waynesfield-Goshen in a non-league game Jan. 26, the Lakers play at Greenon, Jan. 29. MRD-rival Northwestern, which shares a 5-2 league record with Indian Lake, visits Lewistown one week later on Feb. 5. The Lakers close out their MRD schedule at Graham Feb. 12.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.