Lake Minneola boys basketball coach Freddie Cole knows his team will not bring their “A” game to the floor every night.
On those occasions, Cole spends most of the night prodding and cajoling his charges through their funk.
That was the case Jan. 9 when the Hawks traveled to Mount Dora for a non-district game with the Hurricanes. A mismatch on paper, especially considering Lake Minneola’s 17-1 record entering the game and No. 1 ranking in Class 6A.
Mount Dora, however, raised its level of play and an expected blowout turned into a 65-58 win for the Hawks, improving their record to 18-1.
“It was hard to get up for this game,” Cole said. “Our energy level was just not there. One of the hardest things about playing every team in Lake County is maintaining that high energy level. Sometimes it’s just not there.”
Avery Brown led the way for Lake Minneola with 14 points. Anthony Brown and Carlyle Holder added 12 points apiece and Chris Weech added 11.
Marcus Dodson and Andrew Mendoza scored seven points apiece.