Crestview’s Connor Lautzenheiser puts up a floater in a game at Shawnee High School Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Indians 71-53. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Crestview’s Connor Lautzenheiser puts up a floater in a game at Shawnee High School Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Indians 71-53. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)

BY NICK JOHNSON

Times Bulletin Correspondent

sports@timesbulletin.com

LIMA - The Crestview Knight basketball team traveled to Shawnee High School to take on the Lima Shawnee Indians Tuesday night, and won going away, 71-53.

In the first quarter, with the score tied at four, Crestviews Josh Ream got a three-point play to give the Knights a 7-4 advantage.

Shawnee countered with five straight points from Austin Brachok to give the Indians a 9-7, lead which happened to be Shawnee's final lead of the game. The Knights got four three-pointers to end the first stanza; one from Preston Zaleski and three from Connor Lautzenheiser to give Crestview a 21-9 lead after the first period.

In the middle of the second, the Indians cut the Knight lead to 10 with two points from Thomas Nolte and a three-pointer from Trey Brock to make the score 26-16.

Crestview got seven points from Tyson Bolenbaugh in the second quarter to help give them a 39-27 lead going into the intermission.

To start the second half, the teams exchanged three-pointers, as Alex Heffner nailed one for the Knights and Andrew Bryan countered with one of his own to make it 42-30, Crestview.

The Knights got another four points from Heffner and a three-pointer from Cam Etzler to send the game into the final quarter with the score 51-35.

The Knights got balanced scoring in the fourth stanza, extending its advantage to 20 points. Crestview got seven points from Bolenbaugh and three from Lautzenheiser and Damian Helm.

The Indians tried to cut into the Knight lead with five points from Bryan and four points from Jay Thomas, but Crestview proved to be too much for Shawnee in the fourth period.

A late three-pointer from Bryan made the final score 71-53, Knights.

Crestview had two scorers in double figures. Lautzenheiser had 21 and Bolenbaugh added in 14 points for Crestview.

The Indians got 15 points from Brock, nine points from Brachok and eight points from Thomas.

"It was a unique game from the standpoint of, we know they throw a lot of different scenarios at you. A lot of different bodies a lot of athleticism, and we knew we were going have to, in the scheme of things, just play hard and make plays.

"We did a better job of that tonight then we did on Friday night. I thought we got a little sloppy at times in the first half with our aggressiveness, we weren't securing the ball and grapping boards. I think both teams played really hard, and we are happy to get out of here with a win," said Knightscoach Jeremy Best.

"There is always worry to a coach you never know how kids are going to respond. Every game brings about a different venue and has a different identity, we weren't really pleased with Friday night, but we came out and had two good practices. And we had a really good night tonight. Now we need to refocus on a really good Spencerville team," added Best.

The Knights improved their overall record 11-2 on the year. With the loss, Shawnee drops to 1-13 on the year.

Shawnee (FG, FT, 3PT)

Josh Bishop 0-0 1-2 0-1 1, Casey Mulcahy 1-1 1-2 0-0 3, Jaden O'Neal 0-2 0-1 1-2 3, Thad Vernon 0-6 1-2 0-3 1, Andrew Bryan 1-3 0-0 1-1 5, Trey Brock 2-11 2-2 3-6 15, Thomas Nolte 0-1 2-2 1-3 5, Austin Lause 1-2 1-2 0-0 3, Austin Brachok 2-3 2-2 1-2 9, Jay Thomas 2-7 4-4 0-1 8, Totals: 9-36, 14-19, 7-19, 53

Crestview (FG, FT, 3PT)

Preston Zaleski 0-1 0-2 1-2 3, Cam Etzler 0-3 2-2 1-1 5, Connor Lautzenheiser 2-3 5-6 4-11 21, Damian Helm 3-9 1-3 0-1 7, Brock Rolsten 0-0 2-2 0-0 2, Isaiah Simerman 0-1 2-2 0-2 2, Alex Brown 1-2 0-0 0-1 2, Alec Heffner 2-4 0-0 1-2 7, Justin Gibson 0-0 1-2 0-0 1, Tyson Bolenbaugh 5-8 4-6 0-0 14, Eli Jones 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Josh Ream 2-4 1-1 0-0 5, Totals: 16-36, 18-26, 7-20 ,71