LAKEVILLE, IN. – It’s a basketball night in Lakeville!
After coming off a hard-fought 54-45 Hoosier North Athletic Conference victory at Caston Friday night that guaranteed LaVille at least a share of the 2020-21 HNAC championship, Lancer Basketball returns home.
LaVille head coach Michael Edison’s squad doesn’t have long to enjoy the HNAC title as Northern Lakes Conference Power Concord visits Dale E. Cox Gymnasium for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
Concord leads the all-time series with LaVille 21-9. The last Lancer home victory over the Minutemen was a 54-50 decision during the 1985-86 season. Concord would go on to finish 20-6 overall, win the NLC with a 7-0 record and advance to the IHSAA Fort Wayne Semi-State. In fact, the Minutemen would avenge the regular season loss to LaVille with a 49-45 victory in the semifinals of the IHSAA Elkhart Regional played at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Jim Hahn was the coach of the Minutemen, while the Lancers were coached by Larry Radecki and finished the 1985-86 season with a 18-7 mark, including 5-1 in the Northern State Conference. LHS won three games at the Plymouth Sectional in 85-86, including a 60-59 upset victory over the host Pilgrims.
“Concord has been playing extremely well lately,” said Edison. “They have some good size and have a couple of really good cards. These players have been playing under Derrick DeShone last year and this year and have continued to get better and better!”
Under DeShone, the Minutemen’s defense continues to improve in defensive average, allowing 49.9 points per game, which is the best defensive average CHS has had since the 2012-13 season when they allowed 44.1 ppg.
“Coach DeShone likes to be patient on offense and very stingy on defense!” said Edison. “I think they are the most improved team that we are going to play all year long from the beginning of the year to where they are now. It will be a very big test for us after coming off a big win against a conference opponent tonight.”
Friday night, Bobby Good and Leyton Czarnecki hit for 25 and 20 points, respectively, to lead LaVille past Caston and force a share of the conference crown.
“We would not have won tonight if Bobby would not have played as well as he did on the offensive end tonight,” said Edison. “He also had some really big rebounds for us. That is how I expect Bobby to play every night because I know he is very capable! I am very happy for him because he has worked so hard all season just like all of the players have!
“What a neat and well deserving accomplishment for the four seniors on the team!” Edison said of the conference championship. “I am very proud of the way they have battled all year long.”
According to Edison, Concord brings a solid inside-out game to the floor.
“Concord has some very good guard play in Jack D’Arcy, Gavin Smith, and Andres Dixon. Smith is an excellent three point shooter and Jack D’Arcy runs the point for them. Dixon is a feisty little guard. Payton Fish and Zaven Koltookian Are very big boys down low for them. They are extremely strong and can rebound and have really good interior play.
The Minutemen are coming off a 58-49 victory at South Bend Clay on February 16. Koltookian led the Concord offense with 15 points, while Fish added 14. D’Arcy and Smith added nine points each to the balanced attack, while Dixson chipped in with eight.
Concord overcame a slow start, trailing 12-7 at the end of the first quarter, before pulling away for the victory. CHS finished 12-of-16 from the free throw line. The Minutemen also made good use of the deep ball, connecting for eight 3-pointers. D’Arcy led the way with three triples, while Dixon and Smith added two each.
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G A M E D A Y
TEAMS: Concord (8-9) at LaVille (12-7)
GAME TIME: JV – 6 p.m. * Varsity 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Derrick DeShone (16-45 in 3rd year at Concord, 50-101 in 7th year overall). Michael Edison (194-104 in 13th year at LaVille).
SAGARIN RATINGS: Concord, 62.17, 212th overall, 88th in 4A. LaVille, 57.79, 249th overall, 55th in 2A.
LAST OUTING: Concord defeated South Bend Clay, 58-49. LaVille defeated Caston, 54-45.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Concord leads LaVille, 21-9.
LAST MEETING: LaVille defeated Concord, 45-36, Feb. 22, 2020.
LIVE STREAM: If you can not attend the game in person, the Triton at LaVille Basketball game can be seen via the NFHS.org site by clicking on: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/laville-high-school-lakeville-in
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