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Lakers carry momentum into battle with Hillclimbers

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Indian Lake’s boys basketball team liked what it saw in its opener and wants more of the same when it travels to Urbana on Friday for the start of Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division play.

The Lakers (1-0) held on to down Wapakoneta 57-54 last Saturday and hopes to carry that momentum with them on the road.

“Any time you can start with a win it is a good thing,” said Indian Lake head coach Dave Starr. “We had a tough game with Wapak last year, so it was good to play well going into this game against Urbana.”

The Hillclimbers (1-0) pasted Northeastern 81-43 last Friday. Junior standout forward Nathan Mays (6-3) led Urbana with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Senior guard Dillon Knueven provided a great all-around effort with 16 points, five steals and four assists, while junior guard Caleb Honore had 13 points.

“Urbana gets out and pressures you,” said Starr. “They play a very aggressive style on defense. We have to match that pressure on defense and execute on offense.”

Starr is confident that if his team gives a similar type of performance like the one it gave against Wapak, his squad can be successful against Urbana.

“We have to get the same effort we gave against Wapak, plus more,” said Starr. “We continue to talk about that extra effort on both sides of the court, especially on offense.

“The key is that we have do what we do best. That is take the ball down court and score in transition.”

Elsewhere around the area this weekend:

Ben Logan at Greenon

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