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It was record-setting night for the Lakers

Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2009, at 8:29 PM

SWITZ CITY -- It was a record-setting night for Shakamak, here Tuesday when the Lakers defeated North Central 60-55 in the opening game of the Greene County Invitational.

The win was the 400th in the career of Steve Brett, who is in his first season in charge of SHS. Ironically it was his first game coaching in the GCI.

"It just means I'm old," said Brett, who previously coached at Bloomfield, Seymour and Loogootee. "It is nice to have, but it just means that I have coached a lot of games.

"The credit for something like this really goes to all the coaches and players. Without the effort of those guys, nothing like this would be possible."

Laker junior forward Billy Newton, who came into the game averaging almost 19 points per game, scored exactly that against the Thunderbirds as he eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his career.

"I am not really thinking about something like that," said Newton, who ironically set the mark by coming off the bench.

Newton has been less than 100 percent over the holidays. Against Sullivan at the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic last week, Newton had blurred vision.

"I couldn't really see," said Newton. "I had to look down before anything would come into focus.

"I was dizzy and had hard time keeping my balance."

Newton missed five days of practice and as a result played in a reserve role Tuesday night.

"He had missed some practices and we had other players that were working hard and deserve a shot," said Brett. "He accepted it like a man.

"He came off the bench and did a good job."

Newton, who agreed with Brett, said his condition was diagnosed as "some type virus."

"I am back at about 95 percent," said Newton, who was named most valuable player in helping the Lakers win the county tournament in 2008. "I should be back near 100 percent by the next time we play.

"We knew that we would have a tough game against North Central tonight. "Like everything else this season, we are just taking it one game at a time and will see what happens."

The Lakers will play in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday against White River Valley.

B.J. Hargis is sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at hargisbj@yahoo.com.

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Congrats to Coach Brett and Billy.

-- Posted by Rambler 85 on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 9:06 PM

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