Crestview senior Drew Kline goes in for a layup last month when the Knights played Temple Christian in the Sectional Finals. Kline scored 10 points and had 5 assists Tuesday in the Stroh center at BGSU. ( Wyatt Richardson)
Crestview senior Drew Kline goes in for a layup last month when the Knights played Temple Christian in the Sectional Finals. Kline scored 10 points and had 5 assists Tuesday in the Stroh center at BGSU. ( Wyatt Richardson)

BOWLING GREEN – There is an old adage that the only thing guaranteed in this world is death and taxes. At some point, we have to have a discussion about throwing ‘Crestview coming out red-hot in the third quarter’ on that list. The Knights scored 20 points in the third, en route to defeating Hicksville 58-42 during Tuesday’s Regional Semi-Final game in Bowling Green.

With the win, the Knights advance to the Regional Finals, and will play Maumee Valley Country Day. Last season, Crestview beat the Hawks of MVCD in the Regionals Finals. The game is slated for Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.

Many teams have played with Crestview for the first 16 minutes, but the Knights are a different beast when they come out of the locker room.

Senior Javin Etzler scored on the Knights opening possession in the second half, and this was just the beginning. Wade Sheets scored in transition after Crestview stopped the Aces on the defensive end. Drew Kline kissed a layup high off the glass then Derick Dealey knocked a triple to put the Knights firmly in control at 35-24. It was a 9-2 run to start the second half, and it forced the Aces to call a time out.

“I thought we came out with good purpose and good focus in the third quarter,” said Crestview head coach Jeremy Best.

“All year, the third quarter has been the turning point in the game for us,” said Crestview star Javin Etzler. “It’s usually where we score the most amount of points, and that helps us get a really good lead on them, then we keep bringing it to them on defense.”

That 3-pointer by Derrick Dealey was his third of the game. For some reason when the senior hits 3-pointers, and he does it quite a bit, the crowd reacts differently. The Crestview faithful seem to just get a little louder and hold their roar for a little longer, as Dealey runs down the floor holding a three in the air with his right hand.

“It’s a game changer,” said Coach Best of when Dealey hits shots. “Derick is that guy that can create space for our big guys.”

Teams that prepare to face the 25-1 Knights know that they have to deal with 6’7 Javin Etzler, 6’8 Kalen Etzler, Air Force football commit Wade Sheets and Drew Kline, but it’s often Dealey who is hitting the big shots. In fact, Dealey led the Knights with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe.

Though Dealey led with 15 points, the Knights had four different players who eclipsed double-digit points. Javin Etzler (13 points), Wade Sheets (11 points) and Drew Kline (10 points). Comparatively, the Aces had just one player with at least 10 points, Parker Theil with 13 points.

Very close to joining the death and taxes list is Crestview coaches talking about the kind of player and person Drew Kline is. All fall Jared Owens, Crestview’s head football coach, mentioned Kline’s competitive spirit and Coach Best has carried on the baton.

“Drew is one of the toughest kids I’ve ever met in my 17 years here, and I’ve met a lot of tough ones,” said Best on the senior point guard.

On top of Kline 10’s points, he had five assists and two rebounds. When Hicksville had a small run near the tail end of the third quarter, Kline took a ball coast-to-coast and scored a layup with time expiring.

Crestview outscored Hicksville in every quarter, including outscoring the Aces 32-20 in the second half.

The Knights will play in the Regional Finals on Friday which is familiar territory considering they played in the same game last winter.

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Hicksville (42)

Parker Theil 13 pts, 9 reb; Michael Myers 8 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast; Landon Turnbull 7 pts, 2 reb; Dylan Early 5 pts, 3 ast; Travian Tunis 5 ptss, 1 ast; Zac Brickel 4 pts

Crestview (58)

Derick Dealey 15 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast; Javin Etzler 13 pts, 7 reb; Wade Sheets 11 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast; Drew Kline 10 pts, 2 reb, 5 ast; Kalen etzler 7 pts, 2 ast, 13 reb; Colton Lautzenheiser 3 reb, 1 ast; Brent Richardson 2 pts, 1 reb

Aces 16 6 13 7 – 42

Knights 17 9 20 12 - 58