Lakeview topples Newton Falls, 64-41

NEWTON FALLS — The snow storm may have canceled classes, but it didn’t stop Lakeview and Newton Falls from tangling on the hardwood Tuesday night.

In fact, the Bulldogs dug their way out of the snow on Monday to get a practice in. The extra reps paid quick dividends as they rolled to a 64-41 victory over the hometown Tigers.

“We snuck a practice in late Monday,” Lakeview coach Mark Novotny said. “It helped us have more continuity today. We’re playing better as of late. We’re starting to figure out what kind of a team we are.”

The Bulldogs looked good right from the start as Nate Fox nailed three from downtown and scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter. Lakeview led 20-8 after one.

Fox is one of seven seniors on the roster for Lakeview (5-7).

“This group of guys work hard in practice everyday so that we can do exactly what we just did out there,” Fox said. “We want to put a good product out there for our parents and families. We’ve all been playing together a long time. We won championships in junior high, and it just clicked from there.”

Newton Falls (4-4) tried getting something going when Jake Kline (team-high 15 points) began the second by completing an and-one. Nick Rapczak stole the ball, and made a reverse lay-up as well but things went from bad to worse for the Tigers.

Senior Aidan Popovich (12 points) followed up a miss and drilled a 3-pointer, to help the Bulldogs build their lead out to a 36-17 halftime advantage.

“We all played really well,” Popovich said. “We worked together. We didn’t let their press affect us. They only had 17 points at halftime. We were hitting shots. I’m glad we got the win.”

Senior Jake Wilms scored six of his 10 points in the third and the Bulldogs extended the lead to 49-23 heading to the fourth.

Seniors Colton Maiorca and Michael Horn got in the scoring column as well, and fellow senior Blaine Barr (17 points) cut through traffic for a nice lay-in. The Tigers showed some grit in the fourth. Nick Ball and Mac Haidet swiped the ball away. Haidet (13 points) swished a 3-pointer, from the corner, while falling to the floor.

“I could joke that we look like we haven’t practiced or played,” Newton Falls coach Roy Sembach said. “But, that’s true. We’ve played one game since December 18th. We’ve been shut down twice.

“I don’t want to make excuses. Part of this was expected. We weren’t ready to play. Lakeview has been playing much better. The game was a real butt whooping. We have to put this one away and move on. I believe my team will respond.”


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