Lake City senior Ben Schramski came into Friday's game at La Crescent battling a cold, feeling congested and dealing with a runny nose.
He found quite the remedy once the game started.
Schramski poured in a career high 43 points, knocking down nine 3-pointers in the Tigers' 81-74 victory.
The point total tied a Lincoln High School record set 34 years ago by Randy Breuer, according to Lake City statistician Quinn Sweeney. Breuer was a first round draft choice of the Milwaukee Bucks out of the University of Minnesota. Breuer also played for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1990-92.
"Honestly, it looks like an outrageous number, it's pretty crazy and I'm still shocked about it, but on my shots it wasn't anything too crazy," Schramski said. "I was wide open and my teammates found me and then late in the game I got a lot of free throw opportunities."
Schramski made 12 of 14 free throws to help shatter his previous game-high of 26 points against Legacy Christian Academy on Dec. 28. Even after his amazing performance, Schramski gave the credit to his team.
In the first half, it was the Lancers (8-13) who made sure Schramski's points were needed, knocking down 75 percent of their shots. La Crescent made 18 of 24 field goals and 6 of 9 from behind the 3-point line to garner a 46-36 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break, Lake City (18-3) used a 16-4 run to tie the game at 54-54 with 9 minutes, 33 seconds left. The Lancers regained control at 60-56 with 4:44 remaining but the Tigers responded with an 11-0 run, capped by two consecutive 3-pointers from Schramski.
The Lancers cut the deficit to two points with 39 seconds remaining but Lake City nailed down the victory with free throws. The Tigers made 25 of 33 free throws, 21-for-28 in the second half, and shot 20 free throws in the final 1:20 of regulation.
Zack Mebostad was the only player in double figures for La Crescent, tallying 33 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Lake City starts a four-game week Monday on the road against Pine Island.