Posted: Nov 15, 2019
The Lakeland men's basketball team traveled to Batavia, NY on Friday and dropped a 94-89 decision to the Genesee CC Cougars. With the loss, Lakeland's record falls to 2-3 on the season while the Cougars improved to 5-1. Lakeland reversed it's recent trend by playing a strong first 10 minutes of the half playing intense defense and scoring timely baskets. The Lakers held their largest lead of the game (7 points) during the half. Unfortunately, they were not able to hold that pace and went into the break trailing 37-35.
The second half of the game saw both teams making several runs. In total, the game had 8 ties and 5 lead changes with the Cougars having their largest lead (12 points) mid way through the second half. The big difference in the game came down to 3 point shooting as the Cougars scored 45 points on 15-27 shooting from the arc while the Lakers were 2-14. Tyler Bourne led the way for the Cougars scoring 40 points on 16-23 shooting (7-11 from the arc). Lakeland had four players score in double figures. Chris Richardson led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tyreke Johnson scored 16 points while Jordan McMillian added 12 points. Jonny Bowers pitched in with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Bowe Bytes: "We played well enough to earn the win. We have to minimize the mistakes late in games. We're a young team that is learning a lot. We will continue to work hard and improve. We have another challenge ahead of us as we play a talented Erie CC team tomorrow. Another opportunity for growth."
Next up: Lakeland travels to Erie CC tomorrow to take on the Kats at 3 pm. Lakeland will then travel to Lorain County to face the Commodores on Wednesday (11/20) at 7:30 pm. On Saturday (11/23), the Lakers will travel to Hocking College to take on the Hawks at 3 pm. Lakeland's next home game is Tuesday (11/26) when they will host non-league foe Mercyhurst NE at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.