A busy week of basketball started with a trek to Hitchcock where the Divers faced off against the Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots. The Divers outscored the Patriots 63-40 to improve their record to 2-4 following a tough loss to the Hamlin Chargers.
Riley Casper led the scoring with 21 points shooting 56% compared to the team’s overall 46% shooting average. He was followed by Tate Larsen with 13 points and Carter Malone with 10.
Rebounds were close with the Divers pulling down 36 rebounds compared to the Patriots’ 32 rebounds. Jasper Denison led with 10 rebounds while Carter Malone had seven rebounds. Tate Larsen led the team in assists with 7 of 12.
Divers took the ball away nine times and were led by Jasper Denison with five steals. The Divers turned the ball over 18 times and had 11 team fouls.
Lake Preston 17 40 57 63
Hitchcock-Tulare 12 20 30 40
On Fri., Jan. 8, the Lake Preston Divers hosted the Deubrook Dolphins for game 2 of 3 for the week. The Dolphins took the win with a score of 57-50. The Divers were able to come back and tie the game in the 2nd half after falling behind as many as 17 points in the 2nd quarter.
Rebounds played a large role in the loss, with the Divers being outrebounded 26-47. Dolphin rebound numbers are unofficial as they were documented by this writer. Jasper Denison led rebounds with 8 of 26 while Riley Casper and Carter Malone each had five rebounds. Dolphin Andrew Trooien had 18 of his team’s rebounds.
Carter Malone scored 16 points and was followed by teammates Tate Larsen and Jasper Denison each with nine points. The Divers were 7 of 14 from the free throw line and shot 29% from the court.
Lake Preston 17 33 45 57
Deubrook 7 21 44 50
The Divers ended a busy week against the Chiefs. Carter Malone led with 16 points and Jasper Denison had 13 points. The Divers shot 25 of 60 (42%) from the field and 9 of 24 (38%) for three pointers. Carter Malone led the team with 8 of the 36 rebounds while Jasper Denison and Riley Casper both had five rebounds. Carter Malone also led the team with steals having 4 of the 12 team steals.
Lake Preston 20 36 55 66
Iroquois-Doland 4 13 18 24