Crestview’s Damian Helm puts up a shot in a game last weekend at Wayne Trace. The Knights hope to bounce back at Columbus Grove Friday. (TB file photo)
Crestview’s Damian Helm puts up a shot in a game last weekend at Wayne Trace. The Knights hope to bounce back at Columbus Grove Friday. (TB file photo)

BY SEAN LAFONTAINE

Times Bulletin Correspondent

sports@timesbulletin.com

CONVOY - The Crestview Knights split their games last weekend. They picked up an easy 75-36 victory over the Bluffton Pirates, however, the Knights lost a nail-bitter in overtime to Wayne Trace on Saturday night, 56-55.

Crestview coach Jeremy Best was pleased with the effort of his team, but knows they can improve in their execution.

"Just reflecting back on our most recent game on Saturday, I really liked our kids effort. I generally don't doubt that, but I thought there were key stretches of the game where out execution, or lack there of, cost us. I know Wayne Trace made some plays and hit some shots, but we felt like that could have been avoided had we done things better down the stretch."

After the split weekend, the Knights now stand at 16-3 overall. Crestview has lost those three games by a combined nine points. Best spoke about how playing in close games can help prepare his team for tournament action.

"In the Lima Central Catholic game we got down by quite a bit, but the Paulding and Wayne Trace games were close throughout. I'm not discrediting any of our opponents, but we feel like we didn't really execute very well. Maybe the communication by myself in timeout situations needs to get better as well. We have to make sure we know we are on the same page. If you look down the road and you get in a close tournament game we will remember that and you won't make the same mistakes twice."

Crestview returns to conference action Friday night when they head to Columbus Grove to take on the Bulldogs. Columbus Grove is 12-6 overall and 5-2 in the Northwest Conference. The two teams head into Friday tied for third in the conference.

"Grove is your typical Grove group of kids. They are a very athletic, strong and a physical group of kids. They have some bigs inside with Vorhees who is a very athletic 6-6 kid. Then Rieman is 6-3 and is also very athletic and their guard play has gotten a lot better throughout the course of the season. It will be our first time playing in their new facility, which will be fun. They are a good ball club as are a lot of the teams in our conference."

Crestview will then return home Saturday night to take on New Knoxville. The Rangers are 9-8 overall on the season, however, they are coming off a big win over 16-3 Fort Recovery.

"We are really excited about playing New Knoxville. They are new to our schedule and we have never played them before. They are coming off a huge win, beating Fort Recovery. Night in and night out every Friday night they play good teams. They will not come into our place and bat an eye. They are pretty much a guard dominant team, so that will be a different matchup from Friday to Saturday. We have a really challenging weekend ahead of us."