Crestview’s Cam Etzler defends an Ottoville ball handler in a game at Ray Etzler Gymnasium in a game earlier this season. The Knights host Lincolnview Friday before traveling to Arlington Saturday. (TB file photo)
Crestview’s Cam Etzler defends an Ottoville ball handler in a game at Ray Etzler Gymnasium in a game earlier this season. The Knights host Lincolnview Friday before traveling to Arlington Saturday. (TB file photo)
Times Bulletin Staff Report

CONVOY - The Crestview Knight basketball team is rolling through the 2012-13 campaign so far. They are 8-1 on the season, with their only loss coming at the hands of state No. 2 Lima Central Catholic.

This weekend Crestview plays in one of the most anticipated games on their schedule year-in and year-out when they host archrival Lincolnview (3-7, 1-2) Friday.

"Every year this game is fun," said Crestview coach Jeremy Best. 'To me, as you go through the years, I can truly appreciate what this game means. Both communities come out and support their teams. It's always entertaining and fun, and I know our kids always look forward to it. Also there is a new twist this year with (Lincolnview coach) Brett (Hammons) coming home - being a Crestview alum. I'm sure his kids are well aware of that, and will come and play extremely well."

Best knows that the Lancers are a lot more dangerous than their record indicates, especially in this conference rivalry game.

"Not only did they lose their coach, but they lost two really good players who could score. They are a lot like us. They have guys who are falling into new roles and are starting to get a lot more comfortable. They are a team that can be very dangerous.

"I think they will play very well against us. In all they years I have been (at Crestview), I think we have played them 16 times, and out of thos games 12 to 13 of them have been decided by under 10 points. All of those games have been very competitive, and I look forward for that to happen agains," said Best.

To make matters more worrisome for the Knights, they have a Saturday matchup with state No. 6 Arlington - on the road.

"We haven't really been preparing for (Arlington) yet since we have a conference game Friday, but we know a lot about them," Best described. "They are currently 9-0 and ranked sixth in the state, so obviously they are pretty good."

The Red Devils will gain the full attention of Crestview, but not until the Lincolnview game is over.

"Once we get Friday night over with, we will have to refocus and get ready for a really good Arlington team that we look forward to playing on the road. Its one of those games you look at, win or lose, you hope you can take some things away from it to make you better," Best said.

The tough weekend is just the first of things to come for the Knights, added Best.

"We're going to get into the meat of our schedule here. We have a double weekend coming up and five double weekends to finish the year. I think we kind of crossed a hurdle where we had a little down time when we only played one game a week. So we had some time in practice to work on some things. We've had some good practices, and our guys have continued to compete, and that's good for our team."