David City boys take down Lakeview
David City boys basketball earned perhaps its most significant win of the young season when the Scouts took down Lakeview 51-43 on Saturday.
The game was a closely contested contest with the Scouts taking a 24-21 lead into halftime.
David City had to battle the whole second half, but was able to keep the lead and close out the game. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but it was a 13 out of 21 performance from the line for the Scouts compared to 7 for 21 for the Vikings that made a big difference.
“I was really proud of how hard we played and how we kept our composure each time Lakeview made a run at us,” said head coach Cole Carraher in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We had chances to build and keep our lead at double digits in both halves, but each time we got up by nine or ten they would cut it right back down to five or less and keep things interesting.
After a tough game against Schuyler the night before, Carraher said he was a little worried about his team’s energy levels coming into a back-to-back situation.
“We left a lot of legs and energy up in Schuyler on Friday night, so I was concerned with how we might start out on Saturday,” he said. “That was a big difference in the game though, I thought, as we actually started out really well by being aggressive and getting to the line a few different times right away in that first quarter.”
Josh Seibert scored 25 of the Scouts’ 51 points during the game to lead the team in scoring.
“Josh Seibert played a big part in getting us off to a good start, and then seemed to pace us throughout the game by answering Lakeview’s runs with a bucket of his own,” Carraher said. “For him to have 25-plus point games two nights in a row was huge for us, especially as we’ve struggled to shoot outside these first four games.”
Dec. 14 David City 54, Schuyler 52: David City fell behind early, trailing 32-26 going into the start of the second half on Friday.
The Scouts were able to gain momentum in the third quarter and outscored the Warriors 17-7 in the third quarter to take a 43-39 lead and won on a buzzer beater by Josh Seibert.
Dec. 15 Mead 42, East Butler 33: East Butler lost on Saturday after shooting 23 percent from the field. Jaden Rhynalds scored 24 points, but with only two other Tigers contributing to the scoring, his efforts were not quite enough.
“This came down our inability to make shots,” said head coach Greg Jahde in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “I thought our defense was good enough to win, but our shooting really hurt. Twenty three percent won’t get it done. I do like how we are playing, but need to get better shots and make them.”
Dec. 14 East Butler 57, Hampton 28: East Butler’s Jaden Rhynalds led the Tigers to another victory scoring 24 of the 57 points on Friday.
The Tigers outscored the Hawks 35-7 in the first half and never looked back.
“We built an early lead which allowed us to play a lot of guys to preserve our legs for the short turnaround against Mead,” said head coach Greg Jahde in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We shot well and took care of the ball. Lots of positives to be taken away from this game. We need to just stay focused on getting better everyday.”
Dec 15. Lincoln Lutheran 39, Aquinas 24: Aquinas got out to an early lead on Saturday, outscoring Lincoln Lutheran 14-8 in the first quarter, but after going scoreless in the second quarter, couldn’t dig out of the hole.
Dec. 8 Bishop Neumann 66, Aquinas 55: The Monarchs outscored their opponent by one in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 12-point deficit from the first half.
“Bergan does a good job of pressing and speeding teams up so we wanted to take care of the ball and also not take quick shots after we have broken the press,” said head coach Trevor Weiss in comments sent to the Banner-Press. I felt that we didn’t do a good job of that in the first quarter. We were taking quick shots that’s why they scored 17 on us in the first.
“They got up on us by 11 early in the fourth quarter but we battled back and made it a four-point game before we had to start fouling at the end.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Banner-Press. Reach him via email at The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net