Lynch, Lakeview too much from 3
NEWTON FALLS — About three decades ago, the 3-point shot was introduced into high school basketball — an arc 19 feet, 9 inches away from the basket.
That change led to records being broken and the long-range shot to be used more routinely.
Lakeview senior T.J. Lynch is quite prolific in shooting 3-pointers, about 46.5 percent from that range to lead the area.
Tuesday, he showed off his long-range talents in Lakeview’s 65-48 victory over Newton Falls.
Lynch had six 3-pointers and a game-high 21 points.
“We shot the ball well,” Lynch said. “A lot of us got open looks in the 2-3 (zone). We decided we were going to come in here and play well. We’re trying to advance our season and get to 16-6. Now we’re 14-6 with two road games left at Badger and at Maplewood. It’s always hard to win on the road. So we have to buckle up and hope for the best.”
Lakeview (14-6) hit four 3-pointers in a tight first quarter with Lynch connecting on two. Daniel Evans and AJ McClellan accounted for the others.
Evans nailed three 3s for the game and finished with 11 points. McClellan had two and had eight points.
The Bulldogs held a 16-11 lead at the end of one quarter.
Evans extended the lead to 10 when his 3 made it 21-11 in the second. The Tigers battled back, but back-to-back 3s from Drew Munno, who finished with 11 points, and Lynch, made it 32-18 Lakeview at halftime.
The third quarter was the highest-scoring quarter of the game.
Lakeview started the second half on a 10-4 run to open up a 20-point lead at 42-22. Lynch drilled three more 3s in the third and the Bulldogs built their biggest lead of the game at 23.
Lakeview outscored Newton Falls 25-16 and the score was 57-34 at the end of three quarters.
The Bulldogs dominated the outside with 12 3-pointers to Newton Falls’ one.
Newton Falls (11-9), which were led by a strong performance from Gage Friend with 19 points, played tough in the fourth. The Tigers outscored Lakeview 14-8 in the final quarter.
Senior Chris Rankin also had a nice game for Newton Falls scoring 12.
Jeff Remmick had a solid night for Lakeview finishing with 11 points.
“One of our strengths all season long has been making perimeter shots,” Lakeview coach Ryan Fitch said. “We started off a little sluggish. We caught fire and knocked some shots down. Anytime you come over here and get a win it’s a real tough place to play. (Newton Falls) coach (Roy) Sembach has been at it for 30-plus years so you know he’s super prepared. He has his team super prepared. So anytime you can get one, you have to get it and get out of here before they ask us to play them again.