Lakeview sidelines Montabella in districts


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:35 am on Thursday, March 06, 2014

Montabella’s Cayden Nisonger, middle, drives between Lakeview’s Shawn Lindsey, left, and Caleb Ruvalcaba during the teams’ boys basketball district Wednesday.

LAKEVIEW — In the end Lakeview’s boys basketball team was just better.

The Wildcats had no problems knocking off Montabella 58-45 in the semifinals of the Class B district tournament Wednesday night.

“Lakeview, they took advantage of their strengths,” Montabella coach Gary Jankowsky said. “They got Cayden (Nisonger) in foul trouble and that hurts us because he’s one of our main players.”

The Mustangs (6-15) didn’t help themselves, missing a lot of shots in the first half.

“When you miss bunnies it leads to frustration,” Jankowsky said. “When you make bunnies that basket gets bigger. That’s a big part and that was our season. That’s why we finished where we did. We missed a lot of bunnies.”

In fact, after trailing 16-10 in the first quarter, it took over 5 ½ minutes for Montabella to score a second field goal.

“Our defense determines how we do,”  Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “We were intense on that end of the court at times.”

Lakeview’s Shawn Lindsey, top, fires a shot over Montabella’s Chase Murray during the teams’ boys basketball district Wednesday.

In the meantime, the offense extended the lead to 34-20 at halftime.

“I thought we executed in the first half pretty well,” Schreiber said. “In the second half, we forgot everything we did right in the first half, I guess.”

Nisonger picked up his fourth foul with 2:38 left in the third quarter, so he had to sit out until late in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats (19-3) extended the lead three points to 49-32 after three quarters and cruised from there.

“We did a couple things defensively and did some switching things that kind of reengaged their (Lakeview’s) brain on defense,” Schreiber said.

Lakeview was led by Nate Shurlow with 17 points and Shawn Lindsey with 11. Montabella got 16 from Brady Burggren and 10 from Nisonger.

“Montabella’s really improved,” Schreiber said. “No comparison from the first year (of Jankowsky’s coaching tenure) until now. Gary’s done a great job with those kids. They played well.”

Jankowsky sees a district final of Ithaca and Lakeview as a tough game. The Yellowjackets downed Morley Stanwood 60-57 in the other semifinal.

“Ithaca’s a good ball club,” Jankowsky said. “They’re athletic, they match up well with Lakeview. They can take some of Lakeview’s strengths away. It will be a fun game to watch and I’ll come back and watch it as well.”

LAKEVIEW 58, MONTABELLA 45

Montabella 10 10 12 13 — 45

Lakeview 16 18 15 9 — 58

MONTABELLA (6-15) — Burrgren 6 1-2 16, Taylor 2 0-0 6, Murray 1 2-4 4, Nisonger 3 3-5 10, Ball 2 0-0 4, A.Gilman 0 2-4 2, House 1 0-0 3. Totals: 15 8-15 45. Three-point goals: Burggren 3, Taylor 2, Nisonger, House. Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: none.

LAKEVIEW (19-3) — Wandel 0 1-2 1, Boomer 1 0-0 2, Linsdey 4 2-2 11, Hamlin 2 3-4 7, Ruvalcaba 3 2-2 8, Zuluaga-Torres 4 0-0 8, Shurlow 7 3-8 17, Stephens 0 2-3 2, Bacon 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 13-21 58. Three-point goals: Lindsey. Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: none.

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