Allegan’s Landon Mielke (50) scored a game-best 23 points in his team’s win over Lawton. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Three Tigers score in double figures as Allegan beats Lawton

Jason Wesseldyk

When you have three players score 16 or more points in a high school basketball game, your odds of winning are usually pretty good.
Such was the case for Allegan in its non-league contest with Lawton on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Landon Mielke scored a game-best 23 points, while Jack Sturman and Caleb DeKryger added 17 and 16 respective points as the Tigers claimed the 68-59 victory.
DeKryger also had 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Mielke went for nine rebounds.
“I thought that we did a good job of getting the ball inside to our bigs (Mielke and DeKryger),” Allegan coach Matthew Haack said. “Also, Jack Sturman did a nice job of getting to the rim and putting some points up for us.”
Allegan led 20-14 after the opening quarter before extending its advantage to 38-26 at halftime and 55-43 after three quarters.
“I liked our defensive intensity,” Haack said. “Connecting on our free throws was huge for us, but we could still do better than the 72 percent that we shot in this game.”
The win was the second of the season for the Tigers, both of which have come against non-conference rivals.
“We still need to be more aggressive to find that first Wolverine Conference victory,” Haack said.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, that first league win didn’t come Friday, Jan. 20, against South Haven.
Rather, Allegan fell behind 19-7 after one quarter and never recovered in suffering the 69-30 loss.
“We did a good job of beating their full court pressure but did a poor job of setting up our half-court offense on the other end,” Haack said. “Defensively, we gave up way too many easy buckets in transition and we won’t beat anyone playing defense like that. 
“I need to see our boys play more aggressively and start to set the tone in games like this down the road.”
Thomas Voglewede finished with team highs of 10 points and six rebounds. DeKryger added nine points.


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