LAKEVILLE, IN. – The Class 2A #7 LaVille basketball team got off to a good start and set the tone both offensively and defensively in a 49-34 Hoosier North Athletic Conference victory over Triton.
LaVille hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter to get the offense going, and then held Triton scoreless in the third quarter to seal the HNAC victory.
“We got off to an excellent start offensively,” said LaVille coach Michael Edison. “We had several guys hit three pointers in the first quarter. It was nice to start off well on the offensive end.”
Jared Beehler and Luke Beehler hit a pair of 3s, while Rilye Cox and Bobby Good canned a 3-pointer as the Lakeville hosts opened a 20-12 lead.
LaVille took control of the game in the middle quarters by being more patient on offense and pressuring Triton defensively.
“In the third quarter we really tried to focus in on the first two minutes,” explained Edison. “I was pleasantly surprised that we held Triton to zero points for the entire third-quarter. Our defense really stepped up tonight and I was very proud of the way our guys played.”
The Lancer defense did not allow one Triton player to score in double-digits and held THS to just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc.
“We really did a good job at getting out on their three-point shooters as well as keeping them from penetrating to the basket,” said Edison.
Luke Beehler converted a pair of free throws to give LaVille its largest lead at 49-30 with 1:54 left in the fourth quarter.
LaVille struggled against West Noble from the charity stripe, hitting just 12-of-21 attempts, in the last game. This time, however, the Coach Edison was pleased with the free throw effort.
“Recently we have not shot very well from the free-throw line so I was ecstatic that we shot so well from the line,” said Edison of the 13-of-14 free throw effort against Triton. “Our guys really focused in tonight and knocked down shots from the charity stripe.”
Luke Beehler led all scorers with 19 points, while Bobby Good added 10 points off the bench.
“Luke had an excellent game,” said Edison. “He played like a senior should play. He shot well from the line, played good defense, and took care of the ball for us. He had a very solid game overall for the Lancers.”
Good played 16 solid minutes, went 4-of-6 from the field, including a pair of crucial 3-pointers, added two rebounds and had an assist.
“We knew coming into this game that Triton might run a triangle-and-two defense against us,” said Edison. “We were prepared for them to really back off of Riley Wagoner. We had prepared during the week to have Bobby Good ready to come in and attack on the offensive end. When he did come into the game he was mentally ready and played very well for us.”
Connor Wieczorek added four rebounds and four assists for LaVille, while Cox led a balanced rebounding attack with five.
LaVille improves to 15-3 overall and will travel to South Whitley to take on Whitko. The JV game will tip at 6 p.m.
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LAVILLE 49, TRITON 34
Triton 12 19 19 34
LaVille 20 29 34 49
Triton – Yates 2, Orsund 8, Bules 5, Hepler 3, Ovieda 0, Atkins 0, Amsden 2, Richman 0, Heckaman 8, Westafer 6. Totals: 14 4-4 34
LaVille – Wieczorek 6, L. Beehler 19, Wagoner 0, J. Beehler 9, Czarnecki 0, Good 10, Dill 0, Doyle 0, Herbster 0, Cox 5, Fischer 0. Totals: 14 13-14 49
3-point field goals: Triton 2 (Bules, Hepler), LaVille 8 (J. Beehler 3, L. Beehler 2, Good 2, Cox)
Total fouls (fouled out): Triton 15 (none), LaVille 11 (none)
The Teams: LaVille (15-3) at Whitko (9-8)
The Coaches: Michael Edison (159-90 in 11th year at LaVille). Eli Henson (32-33 in third year at Whitko, 95-89 in eighth year overall)
Last Outing: LaVille defeated Triton, 49-34. Whitko defeated Central Noble, 73-66.
Series Last 30 Years: Whiko leads LaVille, 1-0.
Last Meeting: Whitko defeated LaVille, 54-45, December 30, 2011.