Free throw woes cause Lake Hawks to lose their first home game, 118-105 to Chicago

Local Sports Journal

The West Michigan Lake Hawks fell victim to a bad first quarter and lost their first home game of the season Saturday, 118-105 to the Chicago Steam in ABA action.

The Lake Hawks were outscored 32-14 in the first quarter, then played the Steam just about even for the rest of the contest. West Michigan was hurt by 10-for-22 free throw shooting in the first half.

“We normally shoot very well from the foul line but the last couple games we have been struggling, therefore, we know what we will be focusing on more in practice this week,” said Lake Hawks Coach Ronald Jenkins. “With the long travel and bad weather we haven’t been able to get into the gym and practice as normal but these guys are professionals and should be able to finish free throws.”

Kulawnie Saunders led West Michigan with 26 points and five steals. Will Wright added 18 points and eight 8 rebounds, Idell Bell collected 13 points, five assists and four steals while David Fox contributed nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The Lake Hawks will return home for games on Jan. 24th and 25th at Muskegon Heights High School.

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