By Pete Chiodo
February 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. FARRELL —
Lakeview only played six guys in last night’s District 10 Class AA quarterfinal battle with Titusville. So, one might think that the Sailors might have been a bit gassed by the time the fourth quarter rolled around.
This was not the case, though. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Sailors were at their strongest in the final frame, outscoring Titusville 15-5 to notch a 48-37 victory over the Rockets last night at Farrell High School.
“On the bus ride down here, I was thinking to myself, ‘How lousy would it be to go home 19-4 and have nothing to show for it,’” said Lakeview head coach Gary Burke. “But I knew our kids were completely focused and completely prepared coming into this game.”
Lakeview (20-4) now moves on to face Mercyhurst Prep in the D-10 semifinals. Mercyhurst was a 65-46 winner over Sharpsville last night. A date and location for the game has yet to be announced.
“We were a little bit sloppy at times,” said Burke. “But we were able to overcome it with some good execution down at the end and really secure things down at the defensive end of the floor.”
The third period ended with Lakeview clinging to a 33-32 lead. But Dalton Boggs started off the fourth with a 3-pointer, and that ignited a nine-point run by the Sailors, pushing them ahead 42-32.
Lakeview also owned the boards during this early stretch, collecting the first eight caroms while leaving zero for the Rockets.
Titusville was staggered by that opening salvo.
“We had some defensive breakdowns early (in the fourth) that put us behind a little bit,” said Titusville head coach Scott Davie. “The kids were doing everything they could to claw back in. In some cases, the ball just wasn’t going in. In some cases, Lakeview, to their credit, just played good defense and contested shots.”
Titusville ended up shooting 2-for-12 in the fourth quarter, missing seven 3-point attempts.
Lakeview made 3 of 7 field goals and was 8-for-9 from the foul line during the fourth.
The Sailors also out-rebounded Titusville 12-3 over the final eight minutes.
“The difference was on the boards and inside,” said Davie. “In the fourth quarter we didn’t rotate well. We didn’t control the boards.”
This was quite a switch from the first three periods, in which Titusville played the Sailors tough.
Lakeview won the first period 14-7. But Titusville played a strong second quarter, winning it 14-8 to cut the Sailors’ lead to 22-21 at halftime.
Titusville then went on to grab the lead a couple times in the third. Dillon Speer hit back-to-back lay-ins to make it 27-24 Rockets with six minutes left in the frame. Lakeview answered with a five-point run to climb back in front 29-27. But Jayce Corklin halted the streak with a 3-pointer with 2:10 left in the third put Titusville back in the lead 30-29.
Lakeview’s Brandon Rice dropped in a short jumper in response. Titusville’s Justin Hines knocked in a backdoor layup, to make it 32-31 Rockets. But Rice struck again before time ran out, gathering an offensive rebound and pushing it back up and into the hoop.
Rice scored six points in the third, helping Lakeview keep its head above water.
He was the Sailors’ most consistent threat in the first three quarters, leading the team with a dozen points. And many of those points were created by some aggressive work off the offensive glass.
“We just had to keep our hands in (Titusville’s) face and then get the rebounds,” said Rice. “If we control the rebounds, we control the game. ... Those second-chance points helped, putting those back up.”
Rice finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Coty Gander led the team with a dozen rebounds to go along with his five points. Zach Van Dusen had six rebounds, claiming five of them in the fourth quarter.
The top scorer for Lakeview was Boggs, who ended the night with 20 points, tallying nine in the fourth quarter thanks to a 6-for-6 performance at the foul line.
For Titusville, Jayce Corklin hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Speer had seven points and Armand Rickerson added six.