The Indian Lake boys basketball team got off to a late start this year and followed that up by starting late.
But after stumbling out of the gate, the Lakers got it into overdrive quickly in rolling to a 66-52 season-opening win against visiting Benjamin Logan in a CBC Mad River Division contest Dec. 4.
Indian Lake’s basketball season was pushed back following the school’s first appearance in the OHSAA football playoffs, which worked out nicely as Wapakoneta, the school the Lakers were scheduled to play in the opener, was in the same situation, with the Redskins going deep in the football tournament.
But despite the extra practice, Indian Lake was discombobulated in the first quarter against Benjamin Logan and found itself down by a point, 11-10, headed into the second. That’s when the Lakers found their legs and “let the dogs loose” according to head coach David Starr as he watched his squad go on a 39-16 tear over the next two quarters.
The point man for the Laker breakout was appropriately enough the Laker point guard Beau Hefner. Acting as a sort of one-man trap, Hefner set the tone at the start of the second quarter with two quick steals, a nifty jumper and two assists, helping the Lakers go from one-point down to a six-point lead less than two minutes into the period. Both Hefner and Alex Jacobs drained treys in the quarter – Indian Lake hit eight buckets from long distance on the night – and the Lakers were off to the races. They hit four more treys in the third quarter and killed on the offensive boards, with Collin Coburn time and again taking advantage of second-chance points, scoring 16 for the hosts. Jacobs closed with eight points while six other Lakers put points on the board.
Hefner led all scorers with a smooth 24 points and most interesting line of the night in the box score: Four field goals, four three-pointers, and four points on free throws.
Ben Logan had eight players score in the game, three of whom reached double figures: Nolan Robson and Konner Caudill with 11 apiece and Grant Ricketts with 10 points and two treys.
The night following the Lakers win in their season opener, the Jackson Center Tigers made the short trip east on Ohio Route 274 and dumped the Lakers, 61-49, in a non-league contest. Jacobs scored 15 points in the game, while Hefner and Coburn each had 10 points for the Lakers. Jackson Center improved to 3-0 on the year with the win.
Indian Lake, now 1-1 on the year, will host Tecumseh in a CBC-crossover game Tuesday, Dec. 8, then get back in to Mad River Division play Friday, Dec. 11, at home against Urbana.