Lakeview boys varsity basketball looking up this year

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Lakeview boys varsity basketball looking up this year

Owen Greiner, Staff Writer

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  Lakeview boys varsity finished their non-league play with a record of 1-4.  Even though they did not win many games in non-league play.

  The hardest team they had to play, according to the captains on the team:  junior Harold Irby, senior Zach Johnson, and senior Ivan Krohta was Lakeview’s rival Lakeshore.

  “Lakeshore was the best team, they had a great starting five and a good rotation off the bench,” stated Johnson.

  The captains believed that Lakeshore was the best opponent the team has faced but there are many differing opinions.

  “All the teams we faced had something different to offer, but I would have to say Cousino was the toughest opponent. They had length, they could shoot the ball, and they could guard the ball pretty well,” said boys varsity head coach, John Carr.

  The varsity team played well against their other city rival, South Lake, but it did not end they way they would have hoped.

  “The first half of the South Lake game I believe we played pretty well. But in the second half, we let it slip away from us, giving up our almost 20 point lead, which resulted in the hardest loss we have suffered this year,” said Irby.

  With the season about half way over, the players have a good idea who is playing better than expected .

  “I think Zach Johnson is playing really well. He is scoring the ball very well, as well as playing pretty good defense,” stated senior guard Ivan Krohta.

  Many players have agreed on two players that are playing better than they would have thought they would have. Those players are junior Noah Stanley and junior Jaeden Valadez.

  “ I would have to say Noah Stanley is playing way better defense than I thought he would have as well as doing a good job grabbing rebounds,” said Irby.

  Compared to last year, the team has played better against non-league opponents.

  “I think we have done a lot of nice things against the non-league opponents. It is early in the season, so there is still time to fix the mistakes we are making, but compared to last year, I think we look better,” said Carr.

  Looking forward in the season, playing the harder teams first will be beneficial to the team.

  “Playing a tough non-league schedule just gets you better prepared for league play, when we play teams the press hard and put pressure on you. It prepares you for if a team does press or if a team doesn’t makes the game seem slower and easier for us to handle,” concluded Carr.

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