LAKEVIEW — If you don’t put the ball in the basket, you don’t win many basketball games.
The Lakeview boys basketball team found that out Tuesday night, as they made only 12 field goals in losing to the Reed City Coyotes 57-39.
“We put ourselves in a hole,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “Where we fell short was we didn’t do anything to stop them whatsoever.”
Despite making only three field goals in the first quarter, the Wildcats (3-6, 2-4) trailed the Coyotes (7-3, 6-2) 11-10. Brad Root had eight of Lakeview’s 10 points in the quarter.
“They (Reed City) had good ball pressure,” Schreiber said. “They had good half-court pressure and good full-court pressure. It took us out of our offensive rhythm more than it should have.”
Schreiber made changes.
“We made some adjustments in the second half and got back into the game,” he said. “The biggest thing was we got our offense down into where we wanted to run it from, where in the first half they (Reed City) extended us too far out, that everything was too long distance.”
It worked, as the Wildcats shaved a 27-17 halftime deficit down to three before Coyote guard Trevor Mund hit a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter to make the score 39-33 after three quarters.
But missing shots again hurt Lakeview, as they made one field goal in the fourth quarter.
Root finished with 18 points for Lakeview.