2018-19 Lincolnview Lancer boys basketball team. The Lancers, who finished 2nd in the NWC last season looks to dethrone Crestview. (Courtesy of Gibby’s Photos)
2018-19 Lincolnview Lancer boys basketball team. The Lancers, who finished 2nd in the NWC last season looks to dethrone Crestview. (Courtesy of Gibby’s Photos)

MIDDLE POINT — Lancer head coach Brett Hammons is entering his seventh year at the helm of the Lincolnview boys basketball team. The Lancers are coming off a 16-8 season where they finished second in the Northwest Conference with a 7-1 record before they lost in the sectional finals.

Hammons, a Crestview and Defiance College graduate has gone 89-59 in his first six seasons as the Lancers head coach. He is assisted by Benji Byrne, while Andy Breese coaches the junior-varsity team and Larry Clark heads the freshman squad.

Hammons will look toward two seniors and key returning starters to lead the way in the 2018-19 season, Zane Miller and Ethan Kemler. Miller was second team in the NWC while Kemler received an honorable mention nod.

“We have two starters back and key guys that came off the bench for us,” said Hammons. “The players that are returning are talented, but we will have to continue to improve. If we can continue to get our players to develop and play with consistency on both ends of the floor I feel we could have a successful season.”

Returning letter winners are seniors Alek Bowersock, Logan Williams and Jorge Salinas. The Lancers lost four keys players from last year’s NWC runner up team in Chayten Overholtm, Caden Ringwald, Tristin Miller and Isiac Bowersock.

Coach Hammons believes that the NWC wills be very competitive from top to bottom.

“There is a lot of talented players and teams,” noted Hammons. “I feel that if we play to the level that we can we could put ourselves in a very good position to contend in the conference.”

The Lancers will welcome four newcomers with promising talent. Senior Kyle Wallis joins the team in 2018, while a trio of sophomores do as well. Collin Overholt, Creed Jessee and Jake Bowersock all look to improve Lincolnview’s roster.

In a constantly evolving game the Lancers are rolling with the trends and shoot the ball from the perimeter very well. Hammons also noted that the Lancers do a good job of guarding the basketball on the other end of the floor. Though the Lancers are particularly strong in those aspects of the game, there is still room for improvement.

“We need to continue to work on every aspect of our game” said Hammons. “One major area we have to focus on this year if we want to win more games is rebounding.”

The Lancers open their season on December 1st when they host Van Wert. Their first NWC contest is slated for December 14th at Spencerville . As for the big game against Crestview, you’ll have to wait until Feburary 1st, when the Lancers travel to Convoy to take on Crestview.