GARY | Coming off a 91-61 loss to Bowman Academy last season, Lake Station coach Bob Burke was hoping for bigger and better things on Tuesday night in Gary.
Then, like a door slamming straight into his nose, life happened.
Lake Station was without starters Dwayne Hayden (12 points, 7 assists) and Kyle Gooch (11 points, 5 steals).
“We had some issues at school and they were given a day off,” Burke said.
Lake Station had to dress four junior varsity players with only one quarter of eligibility left.
One fan was overheard saying, “If I had known this I wouldn't have come.”
If that fan left Bowman Academy before tipoff he missed a great show of fight and competitiveness by the Eagles in red. Bowman coach Marvin Rea was so frustrated that he benched his starters midway through the first quarter.
Times No. 1 and Class 3A No. 3 Bowman struggled and Lake Station only trailed 23-13 after one quarter. The lead ballooned to 47-26 at the half.
Lake Station had 23 turnovers at the break playing only six. Bowman played 12 in the first 16 minutes. It was the Eagles' first home game since Dec. 7.
Bowman won 96-48 as Lake Station's thin roster didn't leave enough in the tank.
“We've had a tough opening part of the schedule,” Rea said. “I told the guys to go out, pass the ball, play defense and have fun. It wasn't perfect but we accomplished what we wanted.”
Anthony Cole came off the bench to score eight first-quarter points as the “second unit” broke open a close game. Cole scored 19 points to lead the maroon Eagles (11-2).
“Go out, play hard, bring energy and have fun,” Cole said.
Arthur Haggard scored 18 and Justin King scored 10.
Ben Neals scored 19 for Edison and teammate Brian Patterson scored 17 in the loss.