Great Lakes fell in both of their contests this week, 90-65 at home to Andrews, and 108-61 on the road at Rochester.
On Tuesday, the Lakes took on Andrews in the regular season home finale. By halftime, the Lakes were trailing only by three, 39-36, despite not putting out their best performance. During the interval, the team’s lone senior, Michael Vickers, was honoured on his senior night by the supporters and his coaches.
The second half could not have gone much worse for Great Lakes, as Andrews scored transition baskets one after the other en route to a 90-65 result.
It didn’t get any better for the Lakes on Wednesday, as they travelled to Rochester Hills for a game with the Warriors of Rochester College. As if playing a difficult opponent on the road wasn’t enough, they also were without key players Vickers, Kyle Downing, and Perri Vaden. The Warriors jumped out to an 18-4 lead and never looked back. The Lakes managed to cut the lead to twelve late in the first half off of 19 first-half points from Garrett Abner, but that’s as close as they got. Rochester put the game beyond all doubt early in the second half and cruised to a 108-61 drubbing of GLCC.
This week’s games concluded the Lakes’ regular season schedule. The team now have two weeks to prepare for the regional tournament, which runs from February 27 - March 1 at the Doty Center. The winner of the seven-team tournament will advance to the NCCAA Division II national championship tournament.