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Grand Valley prepares for trip to Upper Peninsula

Lakers ready for annual trip
Posted at 11:06 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 06:12:50-05

ALLENDALE, Mich. — The Grand Valley men's basketball program is preparing for the annual trip to the Upper Peninsula. The Lakers are 13-4 in GLIAC play and have clinched the South division but have two tough tests ahead at Northern Michigan and at Michigan Tech.

"It's in the middle of winter, it's always the same, no matter if it's January or February," chuckled head coach Ric Wesley. "It's a tough trip, a long ways, crazy weather up there and usually very tough teams, this year is no exception."

The bus ride can get lengthy for the players and coaches as well.

"The bus ride you have to keep yourself entertained for however long it is," Jake Van Tubbergen said.

While the Lakers have played well down the stretch to sit atop the GLIAC, Van Tubbergen adds they've yet to click on all cylinders.

"We just need to put it all together I think," Van Tubbergen said, "we've had games we've played really well defensively and we've had games where we've played really well offensively. The thing that has been evasive to us is putting a whole game together on the offensive and defensive side of the ball."