The Lakes finally got their first win of the season, a 77-71 overtime win over Mid-Michigan Community College on Saturday.
Although it looked like they might just snatch defeat from the jaws of victory after squandering a sixteen-point lead to end up in overtime, they stormed out of the gate in the extra period and took control without looking back. Perri Vaden led the team with 17 points, while Michael Vickers and Garrett Abner each score 15. Taylor Richards got a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points.
“It feels good,” said Vickers after the game, “I feel like we just got a new toy. We needed this one badly to go home with. We played as a team today.”
“I hope my team learns from this,” said Troy Aubrey, who led the team in assists after missing much of this early part of the season with a hamstring injury. “I hope we continue to progress, to get better each game. For three guys to get fifteen points, it means that more than one guy stepped up today.”
The 1-18 Crusaders have a long way to go yet before they can be considered relevant in this region, but they have taken their first step in the right direction after suffering four consecutive close defeats to conference foes in the last two weeks.