LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s boys basketball team used defense to win for the first time this season.
The Wildcats (1-1, 1-0) won a somewhat chippy game against Central Montcalm on Friday, winning 51-35 at home.
“I really did not expect that kind of game,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “The officials did a good job of maintaining calm. It was emotional and intense effort.”
Central coach John Kearney noted his team’s offensive woes began at the tip-off.
“It started at the beginning of the first half. We didn’t run the offense correctly and didn’t get to the spot we needed to,” Kearney said.
The defense had a lot to do with it also, Schreiber said.
“Our defense, we were pretty solid,” he said. “That’s as well as we played defense in the last two years. We really didn’t have a bad quarter with a loss of intensity or focus.”
Kearney said part of that problem was his team’s making.
“We got the guys we needed to go to but we didn’t spot them,” he said. “A lot of times we threw a chest pass and not a bounce pass and they intercepted it — the little fundamentals we have to do to be successful.”
Kearney said he didn’t make many changes on offense.
“We finally did the little things that we were trying to do at practice,” he said. “Then when you start scoring the defense gets better. Then we abandoned the zone and started playing man.”
Schreiber said his team played better Friday than against Montabella on Tuesday.
“We played a little different defense than we did against Montabella,” he said. “I thought we played it more solidly. I thought Montabella could do a lot of things. We didn’t play as well against them. We didn’t stay in our offense there again.”
Brad Root and Sean Lindsey led Lakeview with 14 points each. Alex Maxted scored 13 for the Green Hornets (0-2, 0-1).
“Alex did a great job for us inside and getting rebounds and putting them back up,” Kearney said. “He gave us some stability inside that we didn’t have in the second half.”
The Wildcats head to White Cloud Tuesday for another CSAA game, while Central hosts Big Rapids.