By Morgan Dinkler
On February 1, the Silver Lake’s Boys Basketball team traveled to Shelton for the first round of the Twin Valley Conference Tournament. The boys came out strong against the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders after just facing them the Friday before, and carried it through the whole game. Silver Lake won 50-35. The team pulled down 25 total rebounds, with sophomore Quinn Rosno leading the team with 8. Impressively, the team shot 94% from the charity line, hitting 16 of 17 free throws. The boys also managed 14 steals for the night. That win put them in the semi-final round to face Shelton that Friday. The boys had a slow start but managed to put up a huge comeback in the second half, to just narrowly fall to the Bulldogs 46-59. The Mustangs managed to force 20 turnovers for the Bulldogs, which allowed them to creep their way back into the game. Senior Oakley Rosno led the team with 29 points, but the Mustangs couldn’t manage to outscore the Bulldogs who had three team members in double digits for scoring. The loss placed them in the consolation game of the tournament where they faced Blue Hill for the chance at third place. The Mustangs struggled in the first half, as Blue Hill got hot from behind the arc. However, the Mustangs started to come back in the third quarter. The Mustangs spread the scoring evenly for the night, with Junior Jake Knehans leading the team with 7 points, and five other Mustang players putting up 6 points: junior Cody Pankoke, sophomores Keaton Karr, Trey Vance, and Tayten Menke, and freshman Casey Conway. Brock Karr and Knehans led the team in rebounds with 6 apiece. The Mustangs fell to the Bobcats 60-41 to take fourth place in the conference tournament.