The Shakamak Lakers are on a roll right now with four straight wins including a defeat of White River Valley and North Central in the last two weeks. Their current streak has left them with a 10-6 mark overall, including 4-1 in the Southwestern Indiana Conference and a perfect 3-0 in the Tri-River Conference.
Facing tough teams has become old hat to the Clay City Eels, especially over the last month when they've faced three ranked squads (WRV twice, Eastern (Greene) once) and have fared well with a 5-2 mark in the past four weeks.
This game versus the Lakers will cap a three-game road swing that will leave them with just one more trip away from the friendly confines of Clay City. That trip to Linton on Feb. 18 will be their final conference game of the season and will leave the Eels with a three game stand at home before sectionals which they will also have at home this season.
The Lakers are almost strangers to their own court since they have only played there three times this season compiling a mark of 2-1. The Eels will follow Sullivan (loss), Linton (win) and North Daviess (win) into Shakamak who defeated the Eels last year in Clay City.
The Eels fell in that game 52-43 and have lost their past five games to the Lakers. Booe had nine points in that game while Landon Wellman added seven.
Diminutive guard Josh Netherlain at 5'7 is one of Shakamak's top scorers while Josh Langford adds size inside at 6'4. Josh McDaniel at 6'3 is one of only three players that the Lakers have over 6'0 tall. They also have three players at 5'9 or smaller.
The Eels' will need a big time rebounding performance from Matt Farmer in the paint and have to get Booe untracked as well. Balance will be just as key to the Eels' success.
Jared Defore is due for a big game for Clay City and Landon Wellman and Roger Harden need to continue their solid play this season along with Camrand Tucker.
Shakamak is just one of those pesky teams that refuses to lose. Playing on their home floor might make them even more stingy so the Eels will need to come out fired up and maintain that intensity for 32 minutes.