It did not matter that the Silver Lake High boys’ basketball team got outrebounded by a decent margin. They shot well, so they were able to take down a tough opponent last week.
The Lakers had good touch on Thursday, Feb. 1, when they took on the Falmouth Clippers, who were already qualified for a playoff spot. Even so, this did not stop the Lakers from picking up a 66-57 win on the road.
In the contest, the Lakers got outrebounded 31-21, but they hit 51 percent of their shots including all of their free throws and 50 percent of their 3-point attempts.
This success was evident for the Lakers early in the game as a pair of 3-pointers gave them a 6-0 lead to start the contest and a few minutes into the game, Danny Duggan sank a three and a free throw to give his team a 12-4 lead. Falmouth clawed back, however, and led 18-17 after one quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Nolan Hughes drained a 3-pointer to put the Lakers up 23-20. This gave the Lakers some momentum as Josh Harvey got a block on defense and shortly afterwards, the Lakers went on a 9-0 run propelled by Danny Duggan, Tyler Duggan and Josh Gilbert. At halftime, they led 35-26.
Again, Falmouth was able to close the gap. By the end of the third quarter, they cut the Lakers lead to four points, 47-43.
With the Lakers lead down to two points 51-49, Matthew Bettle up with a key steal to give the Lakers possession and help them add some insurance points. The Lakers were able to do so and a couple of minutes later, Tyler Duggan hit a 3-pointer to give the team a 60-51 lead; he also hit a pair of free throws with 21 seconds in the game to put it out of reach for Falmouth.
The Lakers next game is this Friday, Feb. 9 against Plymouth North at home (6:30 p.m. start time).