Zulaga-Torres leads Lakeview to victory


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:17 am on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lakeview’s John Zuluaga-Torres goes up for two of his 14 points despite being surrounded by Hesperia players during the teams’ game Monday night.

LAKEVIEW — John Zuluaga-Torres made an impact on the Lakeview Wildcats Monday night.

The sophomore guard scored 14 points to lead the Wildcats to a 55-35 win over the Hesperia Panthers.

Zuluaga-Torres was sharp, but the rest of his team wasn’t, noted coach Mike Schreiber.

“It looked like a game right after Christmas break,” Schreiber said. “Sloppy, not running through things. It was what it was.”

Lakeview hasn’t had any school since Wednesday due to weather, and Schreiber said that was part of the problem.

“Reed City would have been a real big game for us last week,” he said of a postponed game that will be made up March 2. “We needed the competition of that game. It’s too bad we lost that one.”

Zuluaga-Torres, though, played big in the first quarter, getting eight of the team’s 21 points in that frame.

“Torres is a workaholic,” Schreiber said. “If you watch him on both ends of the court, he’s getting something done. His work ethic has been exceptional. I don’t have anything bad to say about how that kid has played this season.”

Lakeview (10-4, 9-4) outscored the Panthers (3-15, 2-14) 13-9 in the second quarter for a 34-22 lead, but the Wildcats’ defense defense took over in the second half, allowing just four points in the third quarter and four field goals in the entire second half.

Lakeview’s Shawn Lindsey, left, dunks over Hesperia’s Jake Palmer (20) during the teams’ game Monday night.

“Some of them (Lakeview) are non-starters who are playing more solid defense than the starters,” Schreiber said. “They were getting their shots in the second half where a lot of them didn’t even get on the court in the first half. They took advantage when they got the opportunity. I was pleased to see them do some basics very well.”

Zuluaga-Torres was followed by Shawn Lindsey and Nate Shurlow, who had 10 points each.

Alex Prado had 13 points for the Panthers, Joe McKeown added 12 but no other Hesperia player had more than three after that despite all seven dressed Panthers getting in the scorebook.

Lakeview will play again Wednesday when they make up a game against Holton at home. The boys and girls are playing on the same day, with the boys playing first followed by the girls game.

LAKEVIEW 55, HESPERIA 35

Hesperia    13    9    4    9    —    35
Lakeview    21    13    12    9    —    55

HESPERIA (3-15, 2-15) — Kraus 1 0-0 2, N.McKeown 1 0-0 2, Canado 0 1-2 1, Palmer 1 0-0 3, Gordon 0 2-5 2, J.McKeown 5 2-3 12, Prado 5 1-2 13. Totals: 13 6-12 35. Three-point goals: Palmer, Prado 2. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: none.
LAKEVIEW (10-4, 9-4) — Reed 0 1-2 1, Lindsey 4 0-0 10, Cole 1 0-0 2, Jensen 1 0-0 3, Hamlin 2 2-2 6, Ruvalcaba 3 1-3 7, Zuluaga-Torres 6 2-3 14, Shurlow 4 2-2 10, Stephens 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 8-14 55. Three-point goals: Lindsey 2, Jensen. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.

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