MILLER CITY — For Crestview fans the big question about Saturday night’s game at Miller City was, “How long will we have to wait to celebrate Javin Etzler’s 1000th point?” The answer was two minutes and 33 seconds. Etzler swished an 18-foot straightaway jumper with 5:27 left in the first quarter, much to the delight of the Knight players, coaches and fans.

That was just the beginning of an impressive night for the visitors who rolled to a 73-28 win. It was the season opener for Crestview. Miller City is 0-2, having lost to Tinora Friday night.

Although the Wildcats already had one game under their belt, they were badly out-sized and out-experienced by the Knights. The tallest Miller City player is 6’1 while Crestview has five players taller than that, including the Etzler brothers, senior Javin at 6’7 and sophomore Kalen at 6-8. The Knights return four starters and five lettermen, the ‘Cats one starter and two lettermen.

Crestview came out firing on all cylinders, spurting to a 14-0 lead in only a little over three minutes. Senior Derick Dealey tripled from the right wing, then hit a breakaway layup. Javin Etzler landed a 3-pointer from the left wing, and senior Wade Sheets swished a jumper from the right elbow. Javin Etzler’s aforementioned 1000th point made it 12-0, then he fed brother Kalen a behind-the-back pass, and Kalen’s dunk made it 14-0 at 4:45.

That dominating performance, however, didn’t continue. The pesky Wildcats out-scored the Knights 19-16 during the remainder of the first half to trail 30-19 at the break. Crestview had 13 first-half turnovers to Miller City’s seven, which somewhat offset the Knights’ huge advantage on the boards (22-8) and field goal shooting (12 of 24 versus 7 of 28).

The second half could not have gone any better for Crestview — or any worse for Miller City. It started with a Knight 12-2 run, nine of those points coming from Sheets. Late in the period, two treys by Javin Etzler extended the run to 27-4 before the Wildcats’ fine freshman Austin Ruhe escaped for a layup to close it to 57-25 after three.

It was more of the same early in the fourth quarter, which started with a 10-0 Knight run before Ruhe swished a triple from the left corner to end the run — 67-28 at 2:57. Crestview out-scored Miller City 43-9 in the second half.

Knight coach Jeremy Best substituted liberally throughout the contest. Fifteen players got playing time, and nine of them scored, led by Dealey, Javin Etzler, and Sheets with 20, 18, and 14. Ruhe and senior letterman Luke Lammers led Miller City with 14 and 8.

Except for late in the first quarter and all of the second period, the Knights were superb at both ends. They out-shot the Wildcats by a huge margin from the field — 56 percent (27 for 48) to 20 percent (10 of 51) — including 55 percent (12 of 22) to 17 percent (3 of 18) from three. Crestview totally dominated the boards 39-17. Both teams hit half of their free throws — Crestview 7 of 14, Miller City 5 of 10. The ‘Cats had fewer turnovers, 14-18.

Crestview (73)

Kalen Etzler 6, Wade Sheets 14, Javin Etzler 18, Drew Kline 0, Derick Dealey 20, Colton Lautzenheiser 0, Kaden Short 3, Brant Richardson 5, Anthony Kline 0, Michael Joseph 2, Carson Kreischer 3, Brody Brecht 2, Brock Stauffer 0, Kole Small 0, Isaiah LaTurner 0.

Miller City (28)

Luke Lammers 8, Isaac Fillinger 4, Austin Ruhe 14, Nick Gable 1, Jon Burgei 0, Ezra Deitering 0, Ross Niese 0, Jake Koenig 1, TJ Michel 0, Caleb Geisken 0, Zach Fillinger 0, Chase Kuhlman 0, Devin Pester 0.

Crestview 20 10 27 16 - 73

Miller City 9 10 6 3 - 28

3-point shooting: CV 12/22 (Sheets 3, Javin Etzler 3, Dealey 4, Short 1, Richardson 1), MC 3/18 (Lammers 2, Ruhe). Rebounds: CV 39, MC 17. Fouls: CV 12, MC 15. Turnovers: CV 18, MC 14. JV score: CV 52-31.