Lakeland finished the KLAA North Division portion of the schedule with a split of games last week.
The Eagles defense buried Waterford Kettering in a 43-20 victory Feb. 10.
Lakeland allowed just five first-half points in taking a 20-5 lead. The lead was never in doubt in the second half as the Eagles led 34-15 going into the fourth quarter.
Ten different players found the score book, led by Jake Menzel with 11 points and nine rebounds. Grant Osborne and Timmy Brotherton pitched in eight points each.
Kettering got half of its points at the line (10-of-16), but made just 5-of-21 from the floor and missed on all six from 3-point land.
W.L. Western 47, Lakeland 27
It was a tale of two different halves Friday against the Warriors.
The Eagles hung tight in the first half, trailing 14-10 after one and 21-19 at intermission.
The second half was all Western, as it won the third and fourth quarters by a 13-4 margin.
Menzel had a big night with 17 points, but the next highest Eagle was Brotherton with six.
“I thought this week we played as well as we have in a couple of weeks. Against Kettering, our defense and rebounding was excellent,” Lakeland coach Bob Brugger said. “The Western game was much closer than the final score indicated. We have done a nice job of re-establishing Jake Menzel as our go-to player in the post. When we play inside-out basketball, we are much more productive on offense.”
The Eagles qualify for the KLAA tournament with a third-place finish in the North Division at 5-5, 8-7 overall. The Eagles begin the tourney Friday at home against Brighton, which went 6-4 for second place in the KLAA West.