|Crestview bigs too much for Big Green|
|Monday, January 07, 2013 9:39 AM|
By BRIAN BASSETT
CONVOY - The Ottoville Big Green and Crestview Knight boys basketball teams clashed Friday evening at Convoy to open up the new year with a non-conference bout.
In the end, the Knights continued their hot streak to open the season with a 50-37 win but it was anything but easy thanks to the Big Green defense.
“I was very impressed with Ottoville,” said Crestview coach Jeremy Best. “I thought defensively they had us guessing a lot - had us on our heels. That’s frustrating because I thought we had a good week of practice, offensively, attacking and making good decisions. But it didn’t carry to tonight. But Ottoville, their defense, had a lot to do with that.”
Ottoville coach Todd Turnwald was equally complimentary of Crestview.
I’m really proud of our kids. I think Crestview is pretty darn good. They’re solid, the coaching staff is solid. They’re one of the better teams around,” he explained.
The Knights shot an even 50 percent from the field on the night, going 17-of-34 from the field. Ottoville was not close behind, going 12-of-28 from the floor for a 46-percent clip.
Despite the 50-percent shooting, Best said that his team was out of sorts on the evening: “I thought we were a step late all night at both ends of the floor. So that’s something we have to fix.”
Crestview did hit 5-of-12 3-pointers, two more than the Big Green in the same amount of attempts.
“(This was) probably not our best shooting night,” explained Turnwald. “That’s kind of where we are. We need more guys stepping up on the perimeter. We had nice looks; we just had a tough time knocking them down. I’m proud with the effort. The kids competed, especially against a really good team like this.”
Crestview decisively won the battle of the boards, grabbing 20 rebounds to Ottoville’s seven, which the Ottoville coach pointed out as a big part of the game - especially offensive rebounds for Crestview.
“I thought our defense played pretty well but their bigs — all we were giving up were putbacks. Part of that is they are athletic. Part of that is we didn’t do a good job of boxing out,” said Turnwald.
The Knights jumped out to a 13-9 lead after a quarter of play, and extended that lead to 30-21 by halftime.
Only 11 combined points were scored in the third quarter, after which Crestview had extended its lead to 37-25.
Ottoville pulled within as few as nine points, but Crestview held the Big Green off for the eventual 50-37 win.
“Our guys plugged along, it just wasn’t quite there tonight. I’m not upset with them, I just thought our effort and our purpose, if we want to continue to get better, it’s got to be there every night,” Best described.
Junior forward Damian Helm led the Knights with 13 points. Freshman guard Connor Lautzenheiser and junior forward Tyson Bolenbaugh added 10 points each.
Senior guard Ryan Honingford was the only Big Green player in double figures as he notched 14 points. Senior guard Derek Schimmoeller and junior forward Luke Schimmoeller added nine points each.
The win improves Crestview to 8-1 on the season. The team returns to action Friday when they host county rival Lincolnview.
“It will be good to get back in the flow so-to-speak. Everybody is out of the flow during the holidays. We’ve got a week to prepare for (Lincolnview) and that is always a fun game. I think our kids will come back and compete tomorrow. Come back Monday and get ready,” added Best.
The loss drops Ottoville to 4-7 on the season. Turnwald is happy with the progress in his team, however, after battling early-season injuries.
“We competed with some teams for about three quarters early in the year. Now we’re getting really comfortable in the offense,” he added. “Our defense has been really solid all year. Now we’re getting more comfortable with the offense. In the last four games, we’ve been getting to the free-throw line more times than our opponent and we want to win that free-throw game. So I’m pretty pleased with where we are.”
Ottoville hosts Minster tonight (6:30 p.m. with two JV quarters).