LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s boys basketball team could barely miss when they took a shot Friday night.
The Wildcats shot 52.5 percent from the field in beating the Central Montcalm Green Hornets 80-51 in a Central State Activities Association game.
The win moved Lakeview’s record to 15-1 overall and 14-1 in the CSAA.
“I tip my hat to Lakeview,” Central coach Dan Basom said. “They are a championship Caliber team with so many weapons.
The first quarter was indicative of how the game would go. After the Hornets got as close as 8-6 halfway through that frame the Wildcats went on a 12-2 run over the final 4:46 to lead 20-8.
Lakeview and Central (7-9, 5-9) traded baskets in the second quarter to make the score 38-24 at halftime.
“For us, foul trouble hurt us in the first half,” Basom said. “Combining that with the terrific play of Nate Shurlow we had to really adjust things defensively.”
Lakeview put the game away in the third quarter by shooting 10-of-13 from the field and led 62-37.
Shurlow led the Wildcats with 18 points, while Caleb Ruvalcaba added 13 and Brad Hamlin had 10.
Central was led by Lane Ledford with 20 and Todd Switzer with 11. The pair combined for all seven of the three-point baskets the Hornets made.
“Offensively tonight we turned the ball over too many times which has been our problem all season long,” Basom said. “I’m proud that our kids fought the entire game.”
The Hornets were a little banged up going into the game, Basom noted.
“I’ve got a number of players who played through sickness this entire week and gave me everything they had,” he said.
Central will host Reed City Tuesday while Lakeview hosts White Cloud that same night.
“We will get healthy and I still believe we have a team that can make some noise by March,” Basom said.
The Wildcats host Big Rapids on Friday when the honor the 1964 Class B boys basketball runner-ups.