The Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) North Division is now Walled Lake Central’s to lose, after the Vikings picked up a key division victory, 44-37, at Huron Valley Lakeland on Friday, Jan. 28.
Central is now 10-2 and sits at a perfect 6-0 in the KLAA North, three games ahead of Waterford Kettering, Waterford Mott and Walled Lake Northern, who all have 3-3 North Division records with four division games remaining.
The first half was tightly contested, as Central led 9-7 after the first quarter before Lakeland (5-7 overall, 2-4 in the KLAA North) rallied to tie the score at 16-16 at halftime. The Vikings then took control in the third quarter by going on a 16-7 run and held on despite being outscored 16-14 in the fourth quarter.
KJ Schultz led the Vikings with 12 points, Louis Nelson had 10, Hayden Coe had 9, and Adam Coric scored 8 points, as Central is close to following in its football team’s footsteps and claiming a division title.
Taylor Wattles led the Eagles with 9 points in the loss.
Prior to last Friday, Central traveled to Hartland for a KLAA crossover game and defeated the Eagles 56-48.
Central led 22-21 at halftime before going on a 15-5 run in the third quarter and held on to win despite being outscored 56-48 in the fourth.
Zac Leimbach had 14 points to lead Central. Coric had 13 points and Nelson scored 10.
Matt Poches led Hartland with 24 points.
Central traveled to Walled Lake Northern on Tuesday, Feb. 1, after press time and will play at Walled Lake Western on Friday, Feb. 4.
The Vikings will then wrap up their KLAA North schedule with games at home against Waterford Mott (Feb. 8) and Waterford Kettering (Feb. 11).