Lakeview boys get “much-needed” win
COLUMBUS — Coming off a tough loss Tuesday at Milford, Lakeview had two of its best practices of the season Wednesday and Thursday, according to head coach Bryce Roth.
It showed Friday night in the Vikings’ 51-34 home win over Schuyler (3-10).
“This team really regrouped and refocused well,” Roth said. “I think it showed in how ready we were to play from the start tonight.”
Lakeview (3-12) got its offense rolling early as six different players scored in the first quarter to propel the Vikings to a 16-6 lead.
“We shared the sugar and got a lot of really good looks that we capitalized on,” Roth said. “It was great to see that we were playing unselfish and trying to pass up good shots for great shots.”
Lakeview followed its strong first quarter with another good one in the second period to take a 27-16 advantage into the locker room.
The only bugaboo for the Vikings in the first half was eight turnovers. They got that corrected and only turned the ball over four times in the second half.
Lakeview never let Schuyler threaten in the second half while leaning on its defense in the third and fourth quarters.
Roth challenged his players to hold Schuyler to single digits in each quarter. Lakeview did that in three of the four quarters and only gave the Warriors 10 points in the second period.
“We came out and really limited anything they tried to do,” Roth said.
The Vikings, who led 38-25 after three quarters, were balanced on offense with Landon Vogt leading the way with 13 points. Cameron Drozd added 11 points and Luke Rollman and Sean Donnelly both had nine.
“It was a really good team win,” Roth said. “A much-needed team win.”
Auston Hall led Schuyler with 13 points and Jakub Langemeier added 11.
Lakeview, which got its first win of 2018 and snapped a seven-game losing streak, heads to Grand Island on Monday to play Northwest in the opening round of the Central Conference Tournament.
Schuyler, on a six-game losing streak, plays Saturday at Northwest before traveling to Adams Central on Tuesday for the second round of the Central Conference Tournament.