Lakeview boys down Scotus
In a game of wild momentum and emotional swings, it was the Lakeview boys making the plays late and coming up with a 57-54 win on Saturday at Scotus Central Catholic.
Lakeview led 13-7 after the first quarter but then trailed 29-20 at halftime before climbing back to within 44-37 after three. The Vikings then came up with enough defensive stops followed by excellent offensive execution on the other end of the court.
A big transition basket late in the game propelled Lakeview to the win and a third win out of the last five games for a Viking squad that improved to 7-14.
“It was definitely an interesting game. I thought we had a nice first quarter, but we were fouling way too much and that put us into some different lineups and rotations,” Lakeview coach Tyler Colvin said in comments sent to The Telegram. “The biggest thing is that they made some shots and hit multiple 3s. Offensively, we did not handle their half-court trap very well in the second quarter.”
Lakeview was led by the balanced scoring attack of 12 each for Cadge Janssen and Thunder Pilakowski while Cody Schaad had 11. The Vikes connected on 45 percent of their shots and nearly 50 percent from long range, hitting on 8 of 17.
“We had a lot of guys contribute, which is great. Right now, we don’t have hose one or two guys that can go for 15 or more points every night, but we do have a nice, balanced group with three to four guys who have shown they can get eight to 12 points,” Colvin said.
“It was definitely a big win for our team. Every win this time of the year is important, and you want to be peaking and building on successes; keep developing confidence,” Colvin said.
“You add in the competitiveness of the rivalry and it makes for a fun game, and to beat a talented team with good coaches on the road it’s important”
Caden Pelan led Scotus in a losing effort with 17 points and three makes from 3-point range while teammate Eric Mustard had 13.
“I thought we played really well for most of the first two and half quarters. Grant (Shanle) was in foul trouble most of the game so, keeping that in mind, we did a good job with one of our leaders not on the floor,” Scotus coach Tyler Swanson said in comments. “What was disappointing is the lack of toughness we showed the last quarter and a half.”
Scotus dropped to 5-16 with the loss and has suffered 12 straight in the losing column.
“We have not been able to string together four good quarters of tough basketball. We defend well for three but allow a team to go off on us for a quarter, and it never seems to be the same quarter each night,” Swanson said.
“Some nights we come out flat, some we fade at the end, or come out sluggish to start the second half. Something as simple as finishing a whole practice strong has been a struggle for us at times.”
Sub-District playoffs Tuesday at CHS
The Lakeview girls have a rematch against Central City on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Columbus High School. The Lady Vikes and Bison closed the regular season against one another on Friday in a 50-33 win for Lakeview.
“Central City is a team with a great player and others who can hurt us if we don’t defend well. We have the advantage of winning on their court, but teams always adjust between games, so we have to anticipate what they might do,” coach Monte Jones said in comments. There is only pressure if you choose to create it. We would much rather be the No. 1 seed knowing we have beaten the other teams in the district.”
The Scotus girls play in the nightcap at 7:30 against Boone Central/Newman Grove, a team the Shamrocks have also defeated earlier this year in a 38-34 win on Jan. 17 at Scotus.
“We have to play good team defense, rebound well and then execute well offensively,” coach Jarrod Ridder said in comments. “We have a better feel for them (from playing once already). We can also see what works well against them both offensively and defensively.”
Columbus girls postponed
Icy weather postponed Tuesday’s first-round sub-district game for the Columbus girls in South Sioux City against Blair.
The Bears and Discoverers will tip it off Tuesday instead at 7 p.m.
The winner plays the winner of South Sioux and Schuyler the following night.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org