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Walled Lake Northern improves to 3-12 overall and 1-9 in the KLAA North after 36-31 win over Waterford Kettering.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Walled Lake Northern knocks off Waterford Kettering behind big night from Lansaw

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Basketball - Boys - 2/7/2014 

Walled Lake Northern 36
Waterford Kettering 31
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WALLED LAKE — Playing in his fourth season under head coach Ron Thompson, senior captain Trent Lansaw has been the backbone of Walled Lake Northern, averaging over 17 points and close to 10 rebounds a night.

On Friday night, Lansaw led the host Knights past Waterford Kettering, 36-31, posting a game-high 17 points in the win.

“Trent is holding this team together,” Thompson said. “The progress that he’s made since his freshman and sophomore year is unbelievable. He used to be just an outside shooter, but now he’s an all-around player that is about to become our all-time leading rebounder.”

Against Kettering, Walled Lake Northern found success with a zone defense. The Knights’ half-court press proved to be effective, forcing a number of turnovers and easy baskets in transition.

“We changed up defenses against them,” Thompson said. “We wanted to get them out of their comfort zone, and I thought our trapping did that. We were able to get out in transition against them and run a little bit.”

Tied after the first quarter, Northern outscored Kettering, 13-5, in the second to take control.

With the win, the Knights improve to 3-12 overall and 1-9 in the KLAA North, and despite being out of the league race for a couple weeks, Thompson has been pleased with how competitive his team has been.

“The league has been crazy this year,” he said. “Every single team is tough, and I’m proud of the way our kids have stayed resilient. We’ve had second-half leads in seven of our 10 conference games and given some teams a good scare.”

Northern awaits the conclusion of the KLAA West regular season to determine its first-round matchup in the conference tournament, which begins on Thursday.

“We’ve just been trying to get better for the postseason,” Thompson said. “It’s all about trying to peak for districts, and I’m excited with how we’re looking.”


KETTERING -- Noah Stinson 3 6; Jacob Netschke 1 (1) 5; Eddie Inglsbee 1 2; Kyle Brabandt 1 (3) 11; Jon Scarber 1 3-5 5; Totals: 8 (4) 3-5

NORTHERN — Isaac Savage 1 3-5 5; Trent Lansaw 5 (1) 4-4 17; Steve Maleszyc (1) 2-2 5; Chris Cliff 2-2 2; Ami Gawronski 1 (1) 1-3 6; Mitch LaFaive 1-2 1; Totals: 7 (3) 13-18


K 4 5 12 10 — 31

N 4 13 6 13 — 36

RECORDS — Kettering 9-5, 5-4; Northern 3-12, 1-9

JV — Northern def. Kettering

Last Updated: 2/7/2014 11:00:46 PM EST

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