Lakeview’s season ended by Chaney
BOARDMAN — The Lakeview Bulldogs’ season ended in heartbreak Thursday when they fell to Youngstown Chaney, 62-56, in a Division II district semifinal at Boardman High School.
“They’re deep,” Bulldogs coach Ryan Fitch said. “They play a lot of guys, they run them in and out and they get after you. They pressure you. (Chaney coach) Marlin (McGaughy) does a great job.
“They get up in you and force you to do things that you aren’t comfortable doing at times and it showed. We had some turnovers in some really bad situations. Chaney just ratcheted up the pressure, they’re good at it, that’s what they do.”
The first half was close, but Lakeview had a clear edge. Every time the Cowboys made a run, the Bulldogs went on a run to counter it. Lakeview ended the first half with a 37-29 lead.
The Cowboys stormed back to open the second half on a 16-0 run and held the Bulldogs scoreless for the majority of the third quarter. Chaney wound up outscoring Lakeview 20-8 in the third quarter and led 49-45 after three.
The third quarter was some of the best basketball the Cowboys have played all season, according to McGaughy.
“We’re such a young team,” McGaughy said. “I think the first part of the game we were a little rattled. I told them to play like we have all season and we would be okay.”
The Cowboys’ constant pressure visibly shook Lakeview, forcing them to make mistakes they typically wouldn’t make.
“It’s what we’ve been doing all year,” McGaughy said. “We try to pressure teams, we try to play a lot of players, run a full-court press and just try to break teams down at the end.”
Despite the run, the Bulldogs never gave up. Lakeview continued to fight back, no matter what. Which isn’t out of place according to their coach.
“This group never quits,” Fitch said. “We’ve been in situations all year where we were underdogs. We were smaller, we were slower, but this group just finds ways to battle though the adversity and persevere. Whether we win or lose, we leave the floor knowing we gave it our best effort.”
The starting five for the Bulldogs all reached double figures. Daniel Evans led the team scoring 15 points. AJ McClellan scored 11 and the trio of Carter Huff, Brenden Kilpatrick and Jeff Remmick each scored 10 points. But the starting five were the only Bulldogs to register points on the night.
Quincy Jones led the Cowboys with 16 points. Cameron Lawrence added 14 and Marquel Gillespie contributed 13.
In their first season back with varsity athletics, the Cowboys made it to the district final where they’ll square off against Poland. Poland took down Canfield in the other semifinal.
“They’re always well-coached,” McGaughy said. “They’ve had that same system for years. We’re a young team so I’m a little worried about them coming in and knowing what they’re doing. We might forget what we’re trying to do here, that’s what I’m worried about, that experience.”