The Lakers men's basketball team split a weekend set as they beat Clark State at home Saturday 69-47 before traveling to Columbus Sunday and dropping a 109-78 decision. The Lakers are now 7-15 overall and 3-10 in the OCCAC. Clark State roared out to a 15-2 lead to start the game Saturday. At that point, the Lakers had shown little effort or interest in the game. Coach Bowe then pulled the starting five and went with Mitchell Dragon, Louis Wisnyai, Justin Cooper, Anthony Miller and Alex Newsome. That was the change in momentum the Lakers needed. The effort and intensity levels for the Lakers improved and the team got rolling. At the half, the Lakers had come all the way back to take a 21-19 lead. In the second half, the Lakers would not look back as they rolled to a 20 point second half advantage and the final score of 69-47. In the end, Jeramie Burge led all scorers with 19 points. Crysjawn Waters chipped in with 11 points. Jeff Nevulis continued his dominant play as he scored 17 points and added 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Da'ron Falkner added 8 points and 6 boards in what turned out to be a balanced effort from Lakeland.
On Sunday, the Lakers ran into a buzz saw at Columbus State in their loss. The Cougars were led by Rodney Willis' 41 points and 13 rebounds. Willis shot 67% from the field and over 58% from the arc. The Lakers again fell behind early as they were down 21-10 in the first 10 minutes of the game. However, they battled back and kept the score within 3 and even tied it twice, the last on an Anthony Miller lay-up with 4:30 to go in the first half that tied it at 32. From there, it was all Cougars as they finished the half with a 53-39 edge. The second half continued that same mantra as the Lakers were outscored 56-39. Freshman Jeramie Burge totaled 17 points and 5 rebounds while freshman Da'ron Falkner scored 16 points and added 8 rebounds. Sophomore Jeff Nevulis added 10 points and 6 rebounds.
The Lakeland's next game is this Wednesday, Feb. 22, as they will travel to Owens Community College for a 7:30 p.m. tilt. The Lakers will then travel to Cincinnati State Saturday, Feb. 25, in a 3 p.m. match-up. The final game of the season is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, as the Lakers will play host to the Challengers of Cuyahoga Community College. The tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. Admission is free to the game.