SPRINGFIELD (JG-TC) — Lake Land's recent two-game winning streak was in jeopardy with the Lakers trailing Lincoln Land by 13 points in the second half. But Lake Land started to chip away and tied the game. Lincoln Land had a chance to retake the lead, but missed both free throws and Lake Land got the rebound.
Then with 2.8 seconds left, Kevin Williams scored on a layup and Lincoln Land didn't have an answer. Williams' layup was the game-winner as Lake Land defeated Lincoln Land 78-76 to win its third straight game and improved to 9-2 on the season.
"The guys fought back. The press gave them some issues and the guys fought back and played hard and got on a roll," Lake Land coach Brandon Colvin said. "I think it was important to get the win for confidence sake because 9-2 sounds better than 8-3. I am just happy the guys came back after a slow start and pulled it out. They showed an ability to come back in games and to finish them out."
Williams was in foul trouble and had four fouls with 3:15 left in the game. Williams never picked up his fifth foul, though, and the game-winning layup was his 10th points of the game. Williams had a double-double since he had 12 rebounds, also, and added four blocks and three steals.
"Kevin played the last 3:15 with four fouls and that's a testament to him that he didn't foul out," Colvin said. "He didn't quit playing aggressively, but he played smart. He took a big charge while he had four fouls."
Josh Jefferson, in his second game back from an injury, scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers. Tra Landers had 10 points and five assists off the bench. Josh Robinson had five assists and four points.