The Silver Lake High basketball team got off to a great start to their first bout over break. Unfortunately for them, their opponent found life as the contest went on.
Although the Lakers (2-3) were able to control the first few minutes of their bout against the Sandwich Blue Knights on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at home, they fell out of place after four quarters and lost, 55-50.
The Lakers played exceptionally well at the start of the contest, going on a 10-2 run. From there, Josh Gilbert and Matthew Bettle had steals on each of the Blue Knights next possessions, giving the Lakers the ball back.
After that, the Blue Knights clawed back. They dropped two baskets, but Dan Coffey drained a 3-pointer with about 55 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Lakers up 13-6. Before the quarter ended, Sandwich got two more baskets.
Early in the second quarter, Sandwich cut the Lakers lead to two points, 15-13, so Tyler Duggan hit a 3-pointer and shortly after, Diamani Williams got a steal to prevent the Blue Knights from tying the game at 18. At halftime, the Lakers led, 24-20.
Shortly into the second half, Duggan had another 3-pointer to put the Lakers up 29-22. Overall, the quarter was a high-scoring affair, and for awhile, the Blue Knights dominated. They outscored the Lakers, 17-8 for about half the quarter and took a 39-37 lead. Coffey gave the Lakers a 40-39 lead headed into the fourth quarter by sinking a trey.
The game was back-and-forth in the third quarter and with 3:30 remaining, the game was tied at 47 apiece. From there, however, Sandwich played tough defense for the rest of the contest and took a 51-47 lead with 2:21 left in the game. Although the Lakers would find the basket again, they were unable to match the Blue Knights who outscored them 8-3 in the second half of the fourth quarter.
The Lakers next game is this Friday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m., at home against Quincy.