Lincolnview’s Nick Leeth brings the ball up court in a game at Crestview Friday. The Lancers fell 58-56 to Miller City Saturday. (TB file photo)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT - The Lincolnivew Lancers welcomed the Miller City Wildcats to Lincolnview High School on Saturday night for high school boys basketball action and the Wildcats escaped with a 58-56 win.
Miller City started the game with six points from Ross Kaufman, as the Wildcats jumped out to a 6-5 lead in the first quarter. After the Lancers used a timeout, Justis Dowdy drained a three-pointer to give Lincolnview an 8-6 lead. Miller City countered with a Adam Niese three-point play and a basket from Austin Lammers to take an 11-10 lead at the end of the first.
The Lancers started the second stanza on a 6-0 run with a layup from Kade Carey, and two more from Conner McCleery to give Lincolnview a 16-11 lead.
The Wildcats got four points from Kaufman to help bring the score to a tie at 16. Miller City went on a 10-2 run after that, which included three-pointers from Adam Drummelsmith and Russell Niese.
Lincolnview countered with a 7-0 run of their own, as Kyle Williams knocked in a three-pointer and Carey added in a layup to make the score 29-28, Lancers.
Drummelsmith nailed a three-pointer to send Miller City into the half with a 31-29 lead.
The Lancers started the second half with a huge 15-4, run giving them a 44-35 lead. Lincolnview got eight points from Williams, and four from Carey, during the run.
Miller City used a run of their own to cut the lead to 44-42, Lancers, as they got five points from Drummelsmith, and the game went into the fourth stanza with Linconlview leading 44-42.
In the fourth quarter, neither team could separate, and the game looked like it would come down to whoever had the ball last. The teams fought to ties at 49, 51, and 53 before Miller City used a timeout with a 1:41 left.
The Wildcats got layups from Kaufman and Cory Heuerman, but sandwiched in between that was a Lancers three-pointer from Dowdy, to make the score 57-56 Miller City.
Lincolnview got the ball with 26 seconds left, and looked to take the last shot. After killing some clock, the Lancers used another timeout with 10 seconds left.
The Lancers couldn't convert on the final play, however, and couldn't get a shot off before turning the ball over.
"We wanted to try and get the ball in our guard, Kyle Williams' hands, the way he was playing tonight. We tried to isolate him and Justis at the top, and tried to create. Miller City took Williams away on the in-bounds play. Once we got it in, the official said he slipped, but I didn't have a good view of it," added Lancers coach Brett Hammons.
Miller City got a late foul shot from Heuerman to give the Wildcats a 58-56 victory.
The Lancers had three players in double digits. Carey had 14, Dowdy had 11, and Williams had a team-high 20 points.
The Wildcats got a big game from Kaufman, who had a game-high 25 points. Drummelsmith added in 11 points on the night.
"We battled. Like I told them before the game, I wanted to see how they would react coming out of last night's game. We got after it on the offensive and defensive end. Like I told them, we need to come out and play with confidence and execute our offense and defense the way we wanted to. I thought this was the best we shot all year, and we did a good job on the boards. We did a better job in the second half of getting back on defense, we just need to continue to work on trying to find ways to make plays at the end of games," added Hammons.
The Lancers fall to 3-9 on the season with the loss. They host Delphos Jefferson Friday.
Lincolnview (FG, FT, 3PT)
Nick Leeth 0-2 4-4 0-1 4, Kade Carey 6-7 2-2 0-6 14, Kyle Williams 4-10 3-4 3-6 20, Justis Dowdy 1-3 3-4 2-3 11, Conner McCleery 3-4 1-2 0-0 7, Brooks Ludwig 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Totals: 14-26, 13-16, 5-16, 56
Miller City (FG, FT, 3PT)
Russell Niese 1-1 0-1 2-4 8, Jacob Gerten 0-1 0-0 0-1 0, Cory Heuerman 1-2 3-4 0-2 5, Adam Drummelsmith 1-2 0-0 3-3 11, Adam Niese 2-6 2-3 0-0 6, Ross Kaufman 9-16 7-8 0-0 25, Austin Lammers 1-2 0-0 0-2 2, Ross Vennekotter 0-0 1-2 0-0 1, Totals: 15-30, 13-18, 5-12, 58