PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Lakeview pushes past Dawson-Boyd, 70-60

Photo by Brennen Rupp Lakeview’s Tate Varpness shoots a jumper during their game against Dawson-Boyd on Tuesday. The Lakers defeated the Blackjacks 70-60.

COTTONWOOD – A fast start by the Lakeview Lakers proved to be the difference on Tuesday. The Lakers jumped out to an 18-6 lead against the visiting Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks and went on to pick up a 70-60 victory.

“Anytime you can get a big lead on a team like Dawson-Boyd is huge,” Lakeview coach Jared Keaveny said. “They play so hard. They are never out of the game with the way they play. It was good for our confidence. We were able to hold them off.”

Dawson-Boyd coach Cory Larson said his team faced an uphill climb for the remainder of the game after falling behind by 12 points early on the road.

“It’s very tough,” Larson said. “You never want to put yourself in a hole from the start. We tried to dig out of it. I was very pleased with our overall effort. We played hard for 36 minutes.”

Bentley Boike opened the scoring for the Blackjacks by knocking down a fadeaway jumper. The Lakers quickly responded when Jon Wyffels knocked down a 3-pointer. An Alex Swenson basket put the Blackjacks up 5-4. That’s when the Lakers went on a 14-1 run to open up an 18-6 lead.

“We came out and played solid defense,” Keaveny said. “On offense we moved the ball very well. Jon Wyffels hit a couple of shots. The offense looks better when you are knocking down shots. We really defended well early on. Towards the end of the first half we got a little relaxed. We then locked down again in the second half.”

A Romell Horton 3-pointer cut Lakeview’s lead to 18-9. The next time down the court Horton knocked down another 3-pointer to make it an 18-12 game.

With the Lakers holding an 18-14 lead Jarod Goepferich knocked dialed up a 3-pointer to put the Lakers up 21-14. Horton’s third 3-pointer of the first half cut Lakeview’s lead to 23-19. Horton knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the first half to make it a 25-22 game in favor of the Lakers.

“We left their shooter open a couple of times,” Keaveny said. “He made us pay for it, that’s what good shooters do. We just had to do a better job of that. We came out and communicated so much better in the second half. He didn’t get any easy looks. We used our length and disrupted his rhythm on offense.”

A Boike corner jumper right before the buzzer made it a 35-32 game in favor of the Lakers. Larson said he was pleased with the way his team battled back in the first half.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of fighting back into it in the first half,” Larson said. “Our kids fought back. We got it back to three at halftime. We finished the first half strong.”

The Lakers scored the first five points in the second half to push their lead to 40-32. Jake Lee then scored five straight points for the Blackjacks to make it a 40-37. That’s when the Lakers seized control and went on a 7-0 run to open up a 47-37 lead.

“We came out in the second half and Lakeview did what they needed to do,” Larson said. “They gained control in the second half. They were always up seven or eight points. We’d get it back to four, but we were never able to get it under that. They did a nice job. They are a good team. They have some kids that knocked down some big shots.”

A Nick Fenske 3-pointer gave Lakeview a 51-40 lead. Lee answered with a 3-pointer of his own to make it a 51-43 game.

Boike converted a 3-point play to trim Lakeview’s lead to 53-46. Horton then knocked down his fifth 3-pointer of the game to keep Lakeview’s lead at seven.

The Blackjacks were able to pull within five at 60-55, but that’s as close as they would get. The Lakers closed out the game by outscoring the Blackjacks 10-5 to come away with a 70-60 victory.

Tate Varpness led the Lakers with 17 points. Varpness also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Wyffels finished with 15 points. Goepferich scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Aaron Loe finished with 11 points.

Boike led the Blackjacks with 17 points. Boike also grabbed seven rebounds. Horton finished with 15 points. Swenson recorded a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

With the win the Lakers extended their winning streak to four games and improved to 7-4 overall. They’ll look to extend their winning streak to five games when they play Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Friday.

“We just can’t be complacent,” Keaveny said. “There have been times early in the year where we’ve been flat at times. We just have to understand no matter who we are playing, or how much we are up we have to stay on them. We have to keep going at teams. We have to have the mindset to continue to attack teams, no matter what the score is.”

The Blackjacks are now 6-3 following the loss. They’ll be back in action on Thursday against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

DB 32 28-60

Lakeview 35 35-70

SCORING: Lakeview (Varpness 17; Wyffels 15; Goepferich 13; Loe 11; Hofman 6) DB (Boike 17; Horton 15; Lee 10; Swenson 10).

REBOUNDS: Lakeview (Goepferich 9; Varpness 7; French 6). DB (Swenson 14; Boike 7; Lee, Schuelke, Husby 5).

ASSISTS: Lakeview (Varpness 5) DB (Horton 2).