Lakeview struggles, beaten by Tri County

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:20 am on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Tri County’s Mitchel Swaney (white jersey) grabs a rebound between Lakeview’s Kolter Schwartz, left, and Dillon Kimble, right, during the teams’ game Tuesday night.

HOWARD CITY — Lakeview’s boys basketball team’s shooting was as cold as the weather.

The Wildcats made just two field goals in the first half and lost to the Tri County Vikings 65-41 Tuesday night.

Lakeview (2-3) didn’t get their first point until there was 4:20 left in the first quarter and didn’t get the first of their two field goals until a buzzer-beater by Brent Leach ended the first quarter with the Vikings (3-2) leading 20-3.

Leach hit the second field goal in the second quarter and the Wildcats were down 41-7 at the half.

“That’s the second time this year we’ve come out and if our first few shots don’t go, we lose track of the whole ball game on both ends of the court,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “We have to get past the mentality of, ‘Gee, I hope the first shot goes in because then it means I’m hot, instead of going and getting the offensive rebound and some other things.”

Tri County coach Chad Gould said his team took advantage of the Wildcats’ poor shooting.

“I just told the guys (Tri County), ‘Looking at some film and reading about them (Lakeview) in the paper, they don’t want to run,’” he said. “I said, ‘If we can do what we want to do and get the ball up the floor and score quick, we’ll be able to jump up on them.’ That’s exactly what happened.”

Schreiber said he couldn’t get his guys to get out of the shooting problems between the first and second quarters.

“It didn’t matter what I told them and with the timeouts it was the same thing,” he said. “The guys, when they’re in that funk and things aren’t going well for us, they just don’t shift gears.”

Schreiber said the Wildcats did a lot better in the second half.

“To their credit, they (Lakeview) threw away the first half and we came out and played sharp,” he said. “We haven’t been able to do that after getting off to a bad start.”

Gould didn’t want the Vikings to let up after getting out to a big lead.

“I said (to his team), ‘We better have 32 when we go in (to the locker room at halftime),’” he said “I said, ‘Don’t let up because they (Lakeview) have some shooters and they can get back in.’”

The Wildcats got out to a 9-2 run over the first 1:52 of the third quarter, but was outscored 10-1 the rest of the way.

“They (Lakeview) score ed nine quick ones to start the second half and we only got a bucket,” Gould said. “I didn’t ever think that it got close, but you’re still nervous.”

Mitchell Goerner led the Vikings with 21 points.

“Mitch stepped up,” Gould said. “He’s one of the guys I challenged to be tougher this year. The first two games we had trouble finishing. Monday night, in practice, he missed a layup and I blew the whistle and I said, ‘Every time we miss a layup we’re going to run.’ I though Mitch went to the basket hard, got some fouls and finished. That’s what we wanted to do.”

Devin Thurston and Jamison Hawley added 10 each for Tri County.

Brad Root scored 19 points for Lakeview but no other Wildcat had more than six.

“Brad, like all the rest of them got off to a bad start,” Schreiber said. “He at least got his offense back together in the second half and took it to the rim when he could.”

Tri County faces Grant at home on Friday, hoping for their first Lakes 8 Conference win. Lakeview hosts Holton.


Lakeview 3 4 12 22 — 41

Tri County 20 21 11 13 — 65

LAKEVIEW (2-3) – Kimble 0 1-2 1, Kanouse 0 2-2 2, Lindsey 2 0-0 6, VanPatten 1 0-0 2, Root 7 4-5 19, Erspamer 1 1-2 3, Jensen 0 2-2 2, Spahnberger 1 0-0 2, Leach 2 0-2 4, Schwartz 0 0-2 0. Totals: 14 10-17 41. Three-point goals: Lindsey 2, Root. Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: Spahnberger.

TRI COUNTY (3-2) – Aiken 3 0-0 7, McKeever 1 0-0 2, Ruppert 1 0-0 2, Swaney 0 0-1 0, Heckman 1 2-2 4, Hawley 3 3-5 10, Goerner 8 4-8 21, Thurston 5 0-0 10, Matulis 2 0-0 4, Peterman 1 3-3 5. Totals: 25 12-19 65. Three-point goals: Aiken, Goerner, Hawley. Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.

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