The Silver Lake boys’ basketball team has played some tough basketball this season.
At the start of the week they were 3-3 on the season and five of their six games so far this year had been decided by single-digit margins. The lone exception to this was their 62-42 blowout win over Plymouth North on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Right now, the Lakers goal has to be to make it to the tournament. After all, they barely missed out on it last season and finished the year at 8-12.
This season, they returned the majority of their squad. They have four of their starters from last season back and in total, there are 10 seniors on the roster.
On offense, the Lakers turn to Nolan Hughes for production. The 6-foot-5 junior was the team’s leading scorer last season and provides the team with a presence in the post.
In the senior class, point guard Josh Gilbert has proven himself as a dependable scoring option as well while his classmates, Dan Duggan, Matt Bettle and Cam Danahy, who round out the starting lineup, are also capable players on the attack.
In terms of depth, the Lakers typically rely on seniors Dan Coffey, Josh Murphy and Jack Peterson to provide the team with depth and valuable contributions off the bench.
Over the Winter Break, the Lakers had some tough luck in the Silver Lake Holiday Tournament. They dropped a 49-46 bout against the Sandwich Blue Knights on Thursday, Dec. 27. The next day, the Lakers faced the Falmouth Clippers and fell in a 45-38 contest.
The Lakers do not have any games scheduled for this week. Instead, their next bout is on Tuesday, Jan. 8 on the road against the Scituate Sailors (6:30 p.m. start time). The Sailors were 4-0 on the year as of the start of this week, according to MaxPreps.