Lakeview High School boys varsity basketball had a tough game against Illinois Valley on Friday, Jan. 24, but bounced back against Canyonville Academy at home on Saturday Jan. 25.
On Friday, Jan. 24, the Honkers traveled to Illinois Valley to face off against the Cougars, with the Cougars ultimately winning against a depleted Lakeview High School squad, 65-50.
The Honkers were missing three players due to a flu virus going through the high school. Due to multiple illnesses LHS head coach Randy Lampman was forced to start people who have not gotten a lot of playing time over the year.
According to Lampman, they came out slow against Illinois Valley, and despite the rest of the game being an even game, they were unable to get over the slow start.
“The game was tough physically,” said Lampman. “Not a lot of fouls were called that should have been called. We just could not match the physicality of the other team.”
With little time to reflect on the tough lost against Illinois Valley, the Honkers were back on the court for a Saturday matinee game against Canyonville Academy. The Honkers ran away with the game, winning 90-38.
After a bit of a slow start to the beginning of the game, the Honkers woke up defensively in the second quarter. They put a full-court press on the Pilots, who struggled with the pressure, and were forced into tough baskets. The Honkers were able to muscle their way to the basket for easy layups and even easier rebounds, as the Pilots were unable to match Lakeview’s size on the court.
While Canyonville were able to make some outside shots, the inability to gather rebounds, stop fast breaks, and hold onto the ball ultimately doomed them.
At halftime it was 47-23, and in the third quarter Lakeview continued their pressure defense, which led to steals and easy fast break opportunities. In the fourth quarter the Honkers got out to a 50-point lead against the Pilots, and at that point Lampman put in his bench and slowed the game down.
For Lakeview, senior Jalen Lampman had a triple-double with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Wyatt Gustaveson added 21 points.
“We needed a game like this,” said Lampman. “It helps us get better in all areas of the game such as defense, shooting, passing; but we just can’t pick and choose when we want to play like this.”
In regards to the upcoming schedule, Lampman noted that it would be tough physically on his players, but they are getting everyone healthy from the flu and he is hopeful they will be able to compete with four games in five nights.
Lakeview High School boys varsity basketball is now 2-2 in 2A-5 Southern Cascade League play, and 5-9 overall. Lakeview played Rogue River on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The Honkers next play Butte Falls on Thursday, Jan. 30, Glide on Friday, Jan. 31, travel to Lost River on Saturday Feb. 1, and travel to Rogue River on Tuesday, Feb. 4.