Lakeview coach credits defense for success

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:05 am on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s boys basketball team has been rolling this season.

The Wildcats moved their record to 12-1 overall and 11-1 in the Central State Activities Association with a win over Reed City Friday.

That win avenged a loss to the Coyotes before the Christmas break. It’s the only loss on Lakeview’s record.

“It was kind of cool in that both teams were 10-1 going into the game, tied for the league, and everything was on the line that you play for,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “We really, after the holiday, had trouble getting into any sort of rhythm and Friday night was the first time we put the game back together. Defensively, I think we had 15 steals and offensively eight turnovers. That was what was nice. We distributed the ball well. I was as satisfied with that game as I had been in a long time.”

While Schreiber said the Wildcats put it together in the Reed City game, he wouldn’t go so far as to say they have got the game down pat.

“I’m not even saying we have put it together,” he said. “If we say we have to get ready for a tournament then we have to get better game after game. After the break we had a bad lull. It’s been a patchwork of things. Now we have three games this week. We had three last week and we have three next week.”

That stretch starts with a road trip to Hesperia today, followed by a road trip to Newaygo Wednesday.

Schreiber said the team has been successful because of defense.

“The biggest thing with this team years ago is maybe I had one kid to get after it defensively,” he said. “On this team they have different jobs, but when we play team defense, we play it pretty well. We cover the floor and get some things done. That to me is our biggest step-up. We have better individuals playing team defense.”

Schreiber said the Wildcats have a chance to win the CSAA, the district tournament and the regional tournament.

“We’re capable of all three of those. We’re also capable of not doing those three things,” he said. “We had them (Reed City) by 30 and besides subbing we still won by 25. You don’t beat a quality team like that unless you’re pretty good yourselves.”

Schreiber also was impressed with the team’s unselfishness.

“You always preach it as a coach and you like it when you see it, but there are teams when they make a pass and don’t look to see who is going to catch it,” he said. “In this day and age to have kids that can do what they do and put it secondary in the game is a real point of pride for me and for them too.”

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