OLNEY — The Lake Land men’s basketball team had the energy and effort Lake Land men’s basketball coach Brandon Colvin wanted and it led to a 14-point lead in the first five minutes of the game.
Then the effort and energy went away, and Olney Central College got back into the game. The effort and energy never really returned and even though Lake Land forced overtime, Olney Central pulled out a key District game with a 110-109 overtime win.
“The effort was ridiculous. [We] started off sharing the ball, attacking the rim and then we got selfish. Looked for our own shot, which every game we’ve lost, that’s what we’ve gone to. Defensively, I am going to guess [Olney] had 40 offensive rebounds. When you are lazy on the boards, it kills you," Colvin said. “Our whole thing is effort. It goes back to practice and shootaround, guys are sleepwalking through it and we come out here and put the same effort in.”
Lake Land (13-5, 7-2 Great Rivers Athletic Conference) fell to 7-3 in the District with the loss to Olney (12-6, 5-4).
In the last few games, Colvin said he hasn’t been happy with the team’s effort, and it has led to three losses in the last five games, three of them being district games.
“I gotta find a way to motivate them, and maybe I’ve gotta find a different way of doing it,” Colvin said. “It comes down to our guys wanting the effort, that’s all it is. Guys have got to want to do it. Until we do that, we will be a so-so team.”
Lake Land got off to a quick start and back-to-back 3 -pointers from Josh Jefferson, and Josh Robinson gave the Lakers a 12-4 lead. Lake Land started the game on a 21-7 run, but then the offense went cold for a stretch.
Olney started to get hot and went on an 11-0 run to cut Lake Land’s lead to three at 21-18.
Jefferson hit a 3 to slow down Olney at the moment and Lake Land stayed up 30-25 until Erikas Jakstys hit three straight 3-pointers to give Olney a 34-32 lead.
Olney was up 42-39 until Robinson scored on a layup, and Dazon Farris hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Lake Land a 44-42 lead going into half.
Olney went on a run early in the second half to take a 53-51 lead, and the Knights kept the lead for the next 12 minutes. At one point, Olney was up 63-55 when a 7-0 run by Lake Land made it a one-point game when Jakstys hit back-to-back buckets and the Knights ended up taking a 71-64 lead with 9:31 left.
Olney was up 77-69 when Jefferson made a layup. Lake Land then got three straight turnovers and Jefferson scored all three times. He added two free throws, and then Josh Robinson scored to give Lake Land an 81-77 lead with 5:10 remaining.
A 9-2 run gave Olney an 86-83 lead. Lake Land tied the game at 92 on a bucket by Amel Kuljuhovic with 20 seconds left.
Olney hit two free throws with 5 seconds left to take a 2-point lead, but Tra Landers went the length of the floor and tied the game at the buzzer with a layup to send the game to overtime at 94.
Lake Land had a 98-97 lead in overtime when a 6-2 run gave Olney a 105-100 lead with 1:41 left.
The Lakers made it a t2o-point game after a Jefferson 3-pointer, but Lake Land was sent to the free-throw line its next possession down by 3. Robinson made both with 4 seconds left, but Olney came back with two free throws to make it 110-107 with 3 seconds left.
The Knights fouled, preventing Lake Land from shooting a 3. Robinson made the first and tried to purposely miss the second shot, but it went in and Lake Land lost 110-109.