STANTON — Lakeview’s pressure defense led to a couple of streaks being prolonged Tuesday night.
The Wildcats used pressure on Central Montcalm to beat the Green Hornets 59-45 Tuesday night in a Central State Activities Association boys basketball game.
The win was the sixth in a row for Lakeview (6-0, 5-0), which handed Central their third straight loss (4-3, 2-3).
“Both teams really played very well,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “They (Central Montcalm) shot the lights out on us. We had more opportunities. We’re more of a fast-break team than they are.”
The Hornets were able to get out to a lead because they were able to get the Wildcats into some foul trouble.
“We did a pretty good job in the first half of forcing the tempo and getting good shots,” Central coach Dan Basom said. “We really was able to break their pressure. When we did we broke to the rim. When we got those shots inside they got into foul trouble.”
“We got off to a really good start. We tend to get out of the gate really well,” Schreiber said. “Then we got into foul trouble so I had three starters out for much of the second quarter.”
Then the second half started.
“But in the second half Lakeview’s press was good,” Basom said. “We got some shots but they weren’t falling. We just didn’t score enough points to win.”
But it’s not like the Hornets didn’t make adjustments to the offense.
“In the second half we tried to penetrate in the seams,” Basom said. “But you can only get so far in the zone. Once you let the zone set up they (Lakeview) are good. Coach Schreiber has been running that for years they know where to attack you.
Nate Shurlow and Caleb Ruvalcaba led the Wildcats with 19 points each in the win.
“Both Shurlow and Ruvalcaba did a super job of not forcing things,” Schreiber said. “They had a real nice blend of attack. They really led us with an offensive attack that allowed some things to free up along the way.”
Mason Barnwell led Central with 14.
Lakeview will put their undefeated record on the line Friday night at White Cloud, while the Hornets try to break their losing streak at Reed City.