Honkers fall to Burns, and Lost River

Lakeview High School senior Connor Steward prepares to crossover a Burns defender in a game at Honker Court on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

A busy week began with a difficult opponent in Lakeview High School varsity boys basketball’s home opener, welcoming Burns to Honker Court on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Lakeview had scoring opportunities but failed to get the ball to fall, falling behind 7-0 to Burns in the first quarter until a late flurry in the final minute brought the game to within one, 7-6. Lakeview’s shooting struggles would continue, with all points scored in the second quarter by LHS coming by way of the free throw line, trailing 21-13 at halftime.

In the second half Lakeview began to find their shot, led by senior Jalen Lampman scoring six points in the third quarter, who led all scorers on the evening with 17 points – most coming at the free throw line. Lampman’s efforts were matched by Burns senior point guard Dakota Ceja, playing on a gimpy and heavily-braced knee, whose three-point shooting, defense and ball-handling kept any Lakeview comeback effort in check.

With Lakeview forced to foul down the stretch to save clock, Burns extended their lead at the free throw line in the closing minutes to defeat Lakeview, 44-33.

The loss to Burns left Lakeview at 3-7 on the season entering league play. The Honkers returned to action on Friday, Jan. 10, welcoming Lost River to Honker court on Friday, Jan. 10.

LHS welcomed Lost River to Honker Court for a Friday night clash to start league play on Jan. 10. Both the Honkers and the Raiders struggled to find their shots early. Lost River took an early lead in the first quarter, but a few timely three-point shots and free-throws kept the game fairly close, with Lost River maintaining a 14-7 lead.

In the second quarter both teams picked up the tempo offensively. Lakeview struggled to make perimeter and inside shots against Lost River’s zone defense, and struggled to get rebounds. Lost River was able to make transition buckets off Lakeview’s missed shots, and through their ineffective zone defense. Due to free throws the Honkers were able to still stay in the game, with Lost River taking a 39-26 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter Lost River came out hot, hitting multiple three-pointers over the Lakeview defense. The Honkers quickly fell behind by 20 points in the third quarter.

LHS continued to struggle, primarily against Lost River’s Aiden McAuliffe, who stands at a lanky 6’4”, the Honkers unable to match up. While he did not score many points, McAuliffe had a major impact on the game passing out of double and triple-teams to open shooters who made baskets.

At the end of the third quarter Lost River led 57-39. The fourth quarter was anticlimactic, as both teams put in their benches, but Lakeview still struggled on offense -- unable to find open shots against Lost River’s defense, while Lost River showed more hustle to loose balls and in transition, defeating LHS 70-49.

Lakeview was led by Jalen Lampman with 14 points. Head Coach Randy Lampman was not happy with the effort his team put into the game.

“It was not a good effort by our team,” said Lampman. “We have to get to a point where we can take a punch like we did and bounce back, we are not there yet. We need to practice more at being tough and dedicated. We have to keep battling and working hard.” A scheduled game against Rogue River has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The loss puts Lakeview at 0-1 in 2A-5 Southern Cascade League play and 3-8 on the season. LHS played Bonanza on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The Honkers next play Thursday, Jan. 16, at La Pine and Saturday, Jan. 18, against Butte Falls.

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