Lakers Fall to Cougars

KIRTLAND, Ohio – The Lakeland Community College men's basketball team was in action today as they were defeated by Genesee Community College, 90-73.

After both teams scored on their opening possession of the game, the game remained a hard fought battle for the opening seven minutes before the Cougars went on a quick 6-0 to take an 18-11 advantage.  After Lakeland halted the Genesee run with a pair of buckets from Alonzo Hamilton (Edison, New Jersey / Linden) and Aaron Blake (Cleveland, Ohio / Martin Luther King, Jr.) Genesee stretched their lead to 28-16 with a 9-0 run with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half. The Lakers bounced back with a 7-0 run of their own.  The run was sparked by guard play as Crysjawn Waters (Akron, Ohio / Garfield) made a layup and then converted on the old school three point play.  Jeramie Burge (Shaker Heights, Ohio / Shaker Heights) also contributed to the run as he hit a layup.  Lakeland continued to fight, but entered the intermission behind 41-37. 

At the half the Lakers were led by Burge as he poured in 15 first half points while shooting 3-5 from behind the arc. Hamilton gave the Lakers a spark off the bench with eight points, four rebounds, and two steals. 

After the Cougars hit a three to open the scoring in the second half, the Lakers answered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 44-43.  The run was sparked by Burge as he scored four of the six points during the run.  Lakeland continued to claw back into the game and with just over 14 minutes left in the half the Lakers regained the lead, 51-50.  After Lakeland took the lead Genesee opened up a 9-0 run to grab a 62-54 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.  Later in the half the Cougars stretched their lead with an 8-1 run that put the game out of reach.  Lakeland fell to Genesee, 90-73. 

The Lakers were led by Burge as he had a career high 21 points in the game.  Da'ron Falkner (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford) also pitched in with 19 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

Lakeland will return to the hardwood tomorrow (Nov. 20) when they travel to take on Jamestown Community College at 2 p.m.