Lincolnview’s Kade Carey dribbles the ball in a game against Crestview earlier this season. The Lancers host Jefferson Friday evening. (TB file photo)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT- The Lincolnview Lancers welcome Northwest Conference foe Delphos Jefferson to Lincolnview High School on Friday night for high school boys basketball action. The Wildcats and Lancers come into NWC play with only one conference win each, as Jefferson is 1-2 and Lincolnview is 1-3.
It was a tough weekend for both teams, as each lost two games to drop their respective records to 3-10 (Lincolnview) and 3-9 (Jefferson). The Wildcats dropped Friday's contest to Lima Central Catholic, and fell Saturday to Wayne Trace. The Lancers got beat by arch rival Crestview Friday and lost a close game to Miller City Saturday.
The Lancers know that the Wildcats are much better than their records indicates. "They are a well-balanced team. They have some young kids who they like to play, and they are getting some experience as the season goes on. They like to mix up their defense and they like to push the basketball. They really do some things well," said Lancer coach Brett Hammons.
Lincolnview knows the time is now if they want to make a run. "The importance of Friday night's game is not lost on our kids. We told our kids they need to focus if we want to finish in the top half of the NWC. I think with a win, that will put us at 2-3 and get us in good position," added Hammons.
The Lancers' hard work is starting to show on the court, just not in the win column yet. "I think we are getting more consistent. I told the kids (Miller City) was probably one of the best games we have played all year unfortunately it came during loss. I think we were constant with our offense and our defensive effort. I think it is getting there. Any time you deal with high school kids you are going to go through spurts, and as coach we need to keep them on the right track. I think we are starting to execute a little better and hopefully that continues over into this weekend," comment Hammons
The Lancers coaches see real improvement in their team as a whole. "I think we are getting better we are getting things right we are mixing up defense more we are playing the defense that is giving us the best opportunity to win.
"As of late we have had to mix up our man-to-man and our zone defense. We are going to continue to do that. The effort is there.Llike I tell the kids, you can always control your effort on the defensive side of the ball. I thought the past two games we have done that, and hopefully we can continue to do that over the next two games," said Hammons.
The Lancers' goals to start the season are still within reach. "Our goals are stuff that the kids need to buy into. We have had some tough games and played some tough opponents. I told the kids we are going to reach those goals and we are trying to stay in the top half of the conference, and with a win on Friday night, that is a step in the right direction. And we can control our effort and that is one of our goals is to give full effort whenever we are on the floor," finished Hammons.