Conference control

Poland beats Lakeview for key tier victory

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Poland’s Braden O’Shaughnessy (3) tries to score inside on Lakeview’s Drew Munno (22) during their game Friday in Poland. O’Shaughnessy played a big role in Poland staying unbeaten in the conference.

POLAND — In a battle of the Bulldogs in a key All-American Conference White Tier game, Poland held court.

Poland beat Lakeview, 57-48, improving to 14-0 and 7-0 and has now taken control of the White Tier.

Early on, Lakeview (11-4, 6-3) came to play, starting the game on a 7-2 run and led 20-16 before Poland settled in.

“They are one of the toughest teams to guard. I thought my kids did a great job putting pressure and forcing them out a little bit,” Poland coach Ken Grisdale said. “We didn’t get a beat on the 3-ball. They are amazing shooters, but I think defense wore them down in the first half.”

In the second quarter, Lakeview began losing its way as Poland took the lead early in the quarter. Poland went into halftime up 30-29. Poland’s Braden O’Shaughnessy had 14 points, while Lakeview’s Drew Munno led it with 10 points.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Lakeview’s Jeff Remmick (21) and Daniel Evans (1) battle Braden O’Shaughnessy of Poland for a rebound Friday night.

The third quarter was not kind to Lakeview as it scored just four points.

“We got a little sloppy with the ball and turned the ball over too much,” Lakeview coach Ryan Fitch said. “We were starting Poland’s fast break with our turnovers, and they play really fast. When you let them get out and run like that, we started getting fatigued in their run.”

Poland began the third quarter on a 10-2 run that caused a Lakeview timeout. Poland led, 40-31, with 4:09 in the third quarter. Poland continued to put it on Lakeview as it took a 47-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

“This group of kids that I have in here are very resilient and they have great perseverance,” Fitch said. “I thought they handled everything in this game fairly well.”

Lakeview didn’t go away. Both teams traded buckets before Lakeview went on a 7-0 run to get within 51-44 with about three minutes to go. The free-throw game was played, and eventually Poland got the win.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Poland's Mike Diaz, left, fouls Lakeview's TJ Lynch during their game Friday in Poland.

O’Shaughnessy finished with 20 points, while TJ Lynch led Lakeview with 15 points.

“We have to work on end-of-game situations a lot more in practice,” Grisdale said. “We spend a lot of time on situations but not enough on end-of-game situations, yet. That has to get done. That’s a really good basketball team and that was a really good game.”

Poland now looks ahead to Jefferson on the road on Tuesday, while Lakeview gets Edgewood at home on the same night.

There were more important affairs than basketball going on at Poland as well. All proceeds, plus donations, from Friday’s game were given to Lakeview girls basketball player Lexi Rygalski, who is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In all, the Rygalski family received $3,567 for the costs of medical expenses.