After nearly 11 months without a game or a contact practice, the Spring Lake boys basketball team scrimmaged as soon as it was allowed.
The Lakers had a midnight practice on Monday morning.
"Awesome," Spring Lake senior point guard Sam Sheridan said. "There is really no words for it. It has been 11 months, a lot of us have had AAU stripped away from us, we've had this stripped away form us, summer ball. It just feels amazing to play together again. I don't even really have any words for it."
The idea to have a contact practice the very minute it was allowed came from Lakers head coach Bill Core.
"I told the guys we are going to come out, we are going to warm up and we are going to scrimmage," Core said. "It was nice to get our feet wet, it was to get the competitive edge back a little bit and now we are ready to go and kind of play real basketball."
Spring Lake is scheduled to open its season on Friday against OK Blue rival Coopersville.