Lakeview boys gear up for Tri County

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:15 am on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s boys basketball team is 2-2 so far this season, but coach Mike Schreiber isn’t disappointed.

“We’re definitely improved over last year in some areas,” Schreiber said. “We’re not playing as well as we would like, but the guys are going in the right direction.”

Lakeview’s Brad Root (22) makes a pass during a game this season against Montabella. The Wildcats travel to Tri County for a nonleague matchup tonight.

The same can be said for Tri County, who is also 2-2, noted coach Chad Gould.

“So far it’s gone pretty well. We’re at about where I expected us to be,” Gould said. “We had a good Christmas vacation. We changed things up a bit because our depth isn’t where we’d like it to be. Overall, our defense has got better every day, which has allowed us to be competitive.”

The Vikings and Wildcats will play tonight in Howard City and Gould wishes it could happen more.

“It’s always a good game. It’s a rivalry and it’s unfortunate we’ve been unable to have a conference with them (Lakeview),” he said.”

The last time the Wildcats playe, they beat Evart Dec. 15 to even their overall record.

“Tri County has in the past been a good offensive transition team, so that would be one of the things we have to get control of,” Schreiber said.

That and be more consistent, Schreiber said.

“That’s the biggest question I have,” he said. “Offensively, we’re better than last year but defensively we’re hot and cold.”

Gould knows all about Lakeview’s defense and he’s been preparing for it.

“The key for us is to be patient against their zone defense,” he said. “We’ve faced a couple of zones this year. We weren’t very patient against Fremont and we took bad shots. Then we played against Big Rapids and got them to back out of it and played man. They (Lakeview) aren’t going to back out of it. We have been practicing against it for a week. We can’t fall in love with three-pointers. We have to take good, smart shots.”

Tri County is coming off a 69-44 loss to Fremont Dec. 16.

But the defense is something Schreiber would like to see get better.

“Defensively is our question mark,” Schreiber said. “That’s going to be the biggest area of consistency we need to find.”

So when the Wildcats and Vikings face off, Schreiber doesn’t want to see an up-and-down-the-floor kind of game.

“If it’s a shootout we won’t win that one,” he said. “The final is going to have to be somewhere in the 50s.”

Gould isn’t expecting the game to be an offensive display either.

“I expect it to be a competitive game,” Gould said. “I fully expect it to go down to the wire.”

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