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Lakers find silver lining at Royals' tournament

Novice boys rebound from slow start to force OT in gold-medal game
Lakers Barrie Silver
The Millwood Logistics Lakers won a silver medal at a tournament in Barrie this weekend. In the back row, from left: Coach Galen Plett, Coach Ben Hoffman, Aiden Vincent, William Lepage, Nathan Litherland, Takoda Plett, Caden McFee and Coach Jeff Lepage. Middle row: Enver Burton, Ben Rehm and Jayden Spezzano. Front row: Emerson Hoffman, Jackson Long and Hayden Voung. Missing: Jackson MacIntyre

The Millwood Logistics Lakers novice boys won a silver medal at this weekend’s Barrie Royals Tournament.

The Lakers started the tournament slow and were down 17-2 in their first game against the North Toronto Huskies, before losing 38-22.

The Lakers responded with an impressive 31-9 win over Sudbury Jam, behind a career-high 14 points from Caden McFee, to help the Lakers earn a berth in the semi finals.

In the semifinals, the Lakers met a strong Midland Magic team and played one of their best games of the year, winning 34-27. Takoda Plett led the way with 10 points while Jayden Spezzano and Nathan Litherland had six each.

This victory earned the Lakers one more shot at North Toronto in the gold-medal game.

North Toronto again got off to a great start and jumped out to a 14-6 lead. The Lakers spent the whole game slowly clawing back the lead.

The final minutes of regulation featured an epic duel between Lakers’ ace defender William Lepage and North Toronto star Marques Hamilton. Lepage’s defence, along with a bucket and freethrow were enough to force overtime.

After a back-and-forth overtime the Lakers fell just short 33-32.

Plett (9), Litherland (7), and Emerson Hoffman (6) led the scoring for the Lakers.

The Lakers are now 13-7 on the season and continue to prepare for provincials in March.