BLANCHARD — Lakeview’s boys basketball team gave Montabella a lesson in ball pressure.
The Wildcats caused multiple Mustang turnovers in a 53-22 vicotry over Montabella in the season-opening game for both teams Tuesday night.
Mustangs coach Gary Jankowsky summed up the game in one paragraph.
“We didn’t make baskets,” Jankowsky said. “Lakeview played good on-ball defense and it led to easy baskets. We had way too many turnovers.”
The on-ball defense kept the Mustangs to just two points in the opening quarter, as the Wildcats led 9-2.
Jankowsky tried to encourage his team at that point.
“Just keep trying to find the open guy and look to score,” he said. “Lakeview’s on-ball defense created quite the problem. We couldn’t hand the pressure.”
But Lakeview outscored Montabella 11-7 to take a 20-9 lead into the locker room.
The Wildcats exploded on the Mustangs in the third quarter, outscoring them 25-7.
“That was off our turnovers plus (Nate) Shurlow hit some threes,” Jankowsky said. “When you can hit from outside and fast-break points that helps.”
Shurlow finished with a team-high 16 points. Shawn Lindsey added another 13 to the win.
Brady Burggren had eight to lead Montabella. Cayden Nisonger added six.
Montabella didn’t help themselves when shooting the uncontested shots, going only 3-of-16 from the free-throw line.
Jankowsky said there will be some work to do before Thursday’s game at Coleman.
“We work on some ball-handling and dealing with pressure,” he said. “And some shooting. We weren’t very good at the free-throw line.”