Lincolnview’s Justis Dowdy brings the ball up the court while being guarded by Crestview’s Damian Helm in a game at Ray Etzler Gymnasium Friday night. The Knights defeated the Lancers 70-41. (Times Bulletin/Brian Bassett)
BY BRIAN BASSETT
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
CONVOY - The 88th meeting of the Crestview Knight and Lincolnview Lancer basketball team was not kind to Lincolnview - especially in the first half when they were held to 10 points - Friday night at Ray Etzler Gymnasium.
Despite a much better second half from the Lancers, the Knights were too much and ran away with a 70-41 win.
"I thought offensively tonight we played a little faster, which we worked on all week. That created some different opportunities. It created some post opportunities and some offensive rebounds," explained Crestview coach Jeremy Best.
The Lancers took a 5-4 lead, but it was all down hill from there, and they were outscored 32-5 the remainder of the first half.
"There's a reason they're 9-1," explained Lincolnview coach Brett Hammons of the Knights. "We came in with a game plan, and they kind of took it away from us. The pressure they put on, defensively, they started to force some things. We warned out kids how they like to get up in transition. I didn't think we played a bad first quarter, we just couldn't execute offensively, the second quarter kind of got out of hand a little bit."
The box score tells the tale of the game - especially the first half. The Lancers shot 3-of-19 (16 percent) from the floor in the opening period, with senior guard Kade Carey responsible for all three field goals and eight points. Crestview managed 14-of-27 (52 percent) from the field in the same stretch of time.
"It's always important to get out to a good start, but that doesn't always mean everything. I thought we played well for four quarters. Lincolnview couldn't make some shots in the first half, but I thought that was the result of our defense," descirbed Best.
Junior forward Tyson Bolenbaugh outscored the Lancers 15-10 by himself in the first stanza, and he ended up with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field and 7-of-7 shooting from the foul line.
A different Lancer team came out in the second half, and shot 11-of-18 (61 percent).
"We had a talk at halftime. I thought out guys came out and played well in the second half. I told (the kids) in the first half they didn't seem like the team that we have been working with for 40 practices. The second half, I thought we got back to what we're capable of doing. It's just tough against a team that's 9-1, you can't dig yourself in a hole like we did," Hammons said.
The Knights only outscored the visitors 34-31 in the final two frames, but held on for the 70-41 win.
"We worked on playing fast. Not out of control, but fast," continued Best. "That creates those situations - guys scramble a little bit and that creates situations for you, offensively. You've just got to make good decisions and take good shots, and we did."
The good shot choice by the Knights led to a 54 percent (27-of-50) clip from the field - despite going 1-of-6 from three-point range.
Lincolnview managed 37 percent (14-of-38) from the floor after the poor first half, including 6-of-16 from deep. "The effort (the kids) played with in the last 16 minutes, I was pleased with," added Hammons.
The Lancers committed 10 turnovers to Crestview's seven, but the real difference in the game came on the boards, where Crestview held a 37-12 lead.
Along with Bolenbaugh, junior forward Damian Helm added 14 points for the Knights on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Junior guard Cam Etzler had nine points, and senior center Josh Ream led the team with nine rebounds. All nine players who played for Crestview scored, and eight of them scored four or more points.
Junior point guard Kyle Williams scored 16 points for the Lancers, 14 of which coming in the second half. Sophomore guard Justis Dowdy had 11 - all in the second half - and Carey finished with eight.
The win improves Crestview to 9-1 on the season and 2-1 in the Northwest Conference. They have a tough task Saturday when they travel to state No.6 Arlington, who lost to Liberty Benton Friday.
"We just talked about (Arlington). We really look forward to going over there and playing them. They're very well-rounded, number six in the state and coming off a state tournament appearance. I think our guys will play really hard," concluded Best.
The Lancers, who fall to 3-7 and 2-2, host Miller City Saturday. "We're just got to get focused on Miller City, Hammons said. "We've go to move on and we've got to go to the next game. We know what they do, it's kind of the asme type of thing (Crestview does). They have good guards, they like to push the ball and they like to get it inside to their post."
LINCOLNVIEW (2pt. 3pt. FT Tot.)
Williams 3-7 2-8 4-4 16, N. Leeth 1-1 0-0 1-4 3, McCleery 0-3 0-0 0-0 0, Carey 1-4 2-3 0-0 8, Dowdy 2-3 2-3 1-2 11, B. Ludwig 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 1-3 0-0 1-2 3, Farmer 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Miller 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, H. Ludwig 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, A. Leeth 0-1 0-0 0-0 0.
Etzler 3-6 0-1 3-3 9, Helm 6-9 0-1 2-3 14, Bolenbaugh 6-6 0-0 7-7 19, Zakeski 1-1 1-2 0-0 5, Heffner 2-4 0-0 0-0 4, Lautzenheiser 2-7 0-0 1-2 5, Simerman 2-3 0-0 2-2 6, Brown 1-2 0-0 0-1 2, Ream 3-6 0-0 0-3 6.
Lincolnview 5 5 12 19 - 41
Crestview 13 29 11 17 - 70