Lincolnview’s Nick Leeth puts up a layup in a game against Fort Recovery at Lincolnview High School Saturday. The Lancers fell in the contest. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT- The Lincolnview Lancers welcomed the Fort Recovery Indians to Lincolnview High School on Saturday night for boys basketball action, and the Indians defeated the Lancers 64-45.
Lincolnview jumped out to a 6-2 lead off of two Justis Dowdy three-pointers. The Indians then went on a 6-0 run to end the first quarter to put the score at 10-8, Ft. Recovery.
The Indians got two points from Wade Gelhaus and two from Ben Dilworth. Ft. Recovery blew the game open in the second quarter when both Gelhaus and Elijah Kahlig got hot from the field and the Indians outscored the Lancers 18-7 in the second.
Gelhaus had six in the second and Kahlig went 3-of-4 from behind the arc to help push the Indians past the Lancers. Lincolnview got a three-pointer from Kyle Williams to help try to keep pace with Ft. Recovery, but it wasn't enough, as the Indians went into the half leading 28-15.
Fort Recovery got a three-pointer from Kahlig to start the third quarter, but the Lancers countered with two layups from Nick Leeth. Later on in the third quarter, Kahlig connected on yet another three-pointer. but Lincolnview got a three-point-play from Kade Carey to make the score 38-23, Ft. Recovery.
The Indians ended the third quarter with a three-pointer from Kahlig to give Ft. Recovery a 19 point lead, 46-27.
The Lancers came out in the fourth quarter still fighting, as Williams started the quarter with four points. After two Leeth foul shots and two Williams foul shots, Lincolnview had the lead down to 12 with the score 47-35.
The Lancers could never cut the lead to single digits, however, as the Indians leaned on Gelhaus and Kahlig late to give Ft. Recovery a 64-45 victory.
The Indians were led by Kahlig, who shot over 50 percent from behind the arc, and tallied 28 points on the night. Gelhaus went 8-of-13 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe for his 22 points on the night.
Lincolnview spread out its scoring, as Williams had 16, Leeth had 12, and Carey and Dowdy had eight.
"We knew coming in the challenge we were going to have, going over the scouting report before the game. We knew how good the players were that they were bringing in - Kahlig and Gelhaus are pretty good players.
"Looking at the book and the stats I thought we played hard and we executed. We had one bad quarter, the second, where we really got outscored. We can't have 15 turnovers in the first half, and I told them that at halftime. We did a better job in the second half with just three turnovers," said Lancer coach Brett Hammons.
Hammons said his team will benefit from the quality of teams it has seen recently.
"We need to step up. We had some guys get in foul trouble, but we have played two pretty good teams the last two days. They have pushed us defensively, and we just need guys to step up. Like I tell them, every player has a role and when they are called they need to step in and play to their best of their ability."
The victory improves the Indians record to 9-2 on the season. The Lancers' record at the midpoint of the season stands at 3-7.
Lincolnview (FG, FT, 3PT) Nick Leeth 3-7 6-9 0-0 12, Kade Carey 2-6 4-5 0-2 8, Kyle Williams 3-5 4-6 2-5 16, Logan Miller 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Justis Dowdy 1-2 0-0 2-3 8, Conner McCleery 0-3 1-2 0-0 Eli Farmer 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Brooks Ludwig 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Totals: 10-24, 15-12, 4-11, 45
Fort Recovery (FG, FT, 3PT) Kyle Schroer 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Kent Retz 0-1 3-4 0-0 3, Ben Dilworth 1-1 3-4 0-1 5, Wade Gelhaus 8-11 6-8 0-2 22, Alex Kaiser 0-1 2-4 0-0 2, Elijah Kahlig 3-4 4-5 6-11 28, Mason Evans 1-3 2-6 0-0 4, Totals: 13-23, 20-31, 6-14, 64