Lincolnview’s Brooks Ludwig prepares to go up for a shot in a game at Lincolnview High School earlier this season. The Lancers travel to Convoy to take on the Knights Friday. (TB file photo)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT - The Lincolnview Lancers travel to Crestview High School to renew a county rivalry, as they take on Knights Friday.
Both the Knights and the Lancers come into the matchup looking for their second win in the Northwest Conference.
The Lancers come into the contest with a 3-7 record on the year and a 1-2 record in the NWC.
Crestview has only one loss on the year, which was in conference to Lima Central Catholic, to give it an 8-1 overall record and a 1-1 record in the NWC.
Lincolnview had a tough weekend last weekend, as they dropped two games at home to Columbus Grove Friday and Fort Recovery Saturday.
The Knights got a nice victory over Ottoville for their only game of the weekend.
The Knights are a team with very few weaknesses. "They are a well-balanced team. They have good inside play and great guard play. They get up and press you, and they look to run of off your turnovers. They are a very disciplined team, very well balanced, and they get after you.
They like to mix things up a little bit. They are very well-coached and they do a good job of spreading the ball around - a very unselfish team. It's going to be a good challenge coming this Friday night," said Lancer coach Brett Hammons.
The Lancers look to continue to build on the last couple of games. "We are going try to stick to our game plan, to continue to do the things that have worked for us in previous games, to continue to build on what we have done well that last couple of games - just try to play to the strength of our team and see how the game unfolds," added Hammons.
Lincolnview is excited to play Crestview in the cross-county rivalry. " I think it's going to be competitive, and it's a rivalry in all sports. It's one that a team always looks forward to playing their rivals. We didn't get a chance to play them in the tip-off, but we get to play them in conference which means it goes towards the NWC. And being in the same conference, I think it makes it mean a little bit more. It's always going to be a rivalry no matter what, and it's a game that fans and players look forward to playing in and watching," commented Hammons.
The Lancers know that the team will be an underdog versus the Knights. "They're 8-1, I don't know if (we take on) the underdog role. They're a good team and they have proven that throughout the year. I think that we have played some good basketball it just hasn't always turned out to be a win, and I'm looking forward to going over there and seeing how it plays out. We have to be ready to play and execute and see if things can fall our way," noted Hammons.
Lincolnview looks to improve one practice and one game at a time. "We are just continuing with a lot of reps with the drills we are doing offensively and defensively - continued to work on things. I think the more we practice it the better we are going to get at some things. And we have had a good week of practice so far, I think we are getting better at some of the small aspects that it takes to play basketball," said Hammons.
The Lancers look to rebound this weekend after a tough last couple games. "We had a good week of practice and we've still got one to go. We lost a couple tough games but I think coming into a rival week it gives the kids a little something else to look forward to. I told them that we can take positives from each game and we need to continue the energy that we are playing with. There is a light at the end of the tunnel that we are working towards, and I believe we are making progress in the right direction," noted Hammons.
With both the Lancers and the Knights having played so few NWC games this could be a turning points for both teams depending on the outcome of the game.