Jake Bowersock of Lincolnview puts up a shot over Kalen Etzler of Crestview on Friday night. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
Jake Bowersock of Lincolnview puts up a shot over Kalen Etzler of Crestview on Friday night. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)

MIDDLE POINT — It was an uptempo game in a sold out gymnasium on Friday night, and when the Lancers scored first, they never gave the lead back to the Knights, coming away with a 63-49 victory.

Lincolnview started the game fast scoring the first five points of the game on triple by Collin Overholt, and a two by Clayton Leeth.

The Knights scored the next four to cut the deficit to just one point early on the first before Aaron Cavinder drilled a 3-pointer to give the Lancers a four point lead.

Leeth and JJ Ward each traded buckets, and Kalen Etzler followed that up by scoring the next four points for the Knights.

The game was all tied up at 10 with 2:45 left in the first. The Lancers broke the tie by exploding for the next five points.

Etzler ended the opening period with a two to bring the difference to just three points at the end of one.

Clayton Leeth opened the second quarter with basket to extend their lead to five points, but Crestview would answer back as they scored the next five points to tie it up at 17 with 6:10 remaining in the half.

Lincolnview ended the half on a high note by outscoring the Knights four to two to take a two point advantage into the locker room.

Kaden Short opened the second half by tying the game up on his only two points of the evening.

Lincolnview immediately regained control on twos by Leeth and Jake Bowersock to grab a four point lead at 25-21.

After each team traded a few baskets, Creed Jessee scored four straight points to extend the home team’s lead to six.

The blue and gold continued to score in bunches as they took a commanding 47-36 lead following a 16-11 run with eight minutes remaining in the game.

When the fourth quarter started, the Lancers came out firing and never looked back.

Jessee scored seven of his 11 points in the period while also getting point from four of his teammates in the fourth.

Etzler went for eight of his 23 total points in the final quarter, but the Lancers put the game away with a 9-0 run to come out on top over the Knights.

Crestview was outscored 16-13 in the fourth, and in a whole team effort the Lancers reigned supreme winning 63-49.

“I didn’t think we played that well in the first half, give credit the Crestview, they did a great job defending us and we had to make adjustments,” said Lincolnview Head Coach Brett Hammons. “We knew Kalen was going to get his points. He’s a tough task, but we knew we had to hold the other guys down, and I thought we did a good job with that tonight.”

Lincolnview now finds themselves in second place in the NWC with a 5-1 league record, and an overall mark of 10-8. The Lancers will host Coldwater on Saturday night in hopes of a weekend sweep.

“At halftime, we were in pretty good shape,” said Crestview Head Coach Doug Etzler. “I didn’t think we have played extremely well, we missed some shots that we typically make, and we missed a ton of free-throws in the first half. Defensively in the second half we didn’t show up, and they got to the rim at will against our guards.”

Crestview’s record falls to 9-9 overall, and 2-3 in league play with the loss. The Knights will face a tough back-to-back on Saturday night when they host Wayne Trace.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 T

CRESTVIEW 12 7 17 13 49

LINCOLNVIEW 15 6 26 16 63

CRESTVIEW (49)

Kalen Etzler 23, Carson Kreischer 11, JJ Ward 9, Gavin Etzler 4, Kaden Short 2.

LINCOLNVIEW (63)

Creed Jessee 11, Collin Overholt 11, Clayton Leeth 10, Landon Price 10, Daegan Hatfield 9, Aaron Cavinder 7, Jake Bowersock 5.