After an up-and-down start this season, the Lakeview Spartans are back on the winning side of the record as they have climbed back to above .500.
Lakeview defeated visiting Marshall 67-51 on Friday night in a Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division boys’ basketball contest.
Donnie Ernsberger and Tyreace Frederick led the way for the Spartans with 23 and 20 points, respectively, as Lakeview improves to 4-3 on the season.
“I thought in the first half we played really well pressuring the ball and getting turnovers,” said Lakeview head coach Steve Wichmann. “They (Marshall) did a much better job of handling our pressure in the second half, and I think that’s why we couldn’t stretch the lead.”
The Spartans jumped out to an early 14-4 lead in the first quarter. Contributing to the hot start was Frederick with eight points in the opening quarter.
The second quarter was all Ernsberger, who racked up 10 points in the period as Lakeview found itself leading 39-21 at intermission.
But just like coach Wichmann mentioned, Marshall stepped it up in the third and outscored the Spartans 14-13 in the quarter. Landry Reynolds scored six points in the quarter for the Redhawks.
In the fourth, Lakeview did extend its lead slightly, with its largest advantage being 23 points at 67-44. The Redhawks closed the game out on a 7-0 run, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Spartans came out with a 67-51 victory.
Jake Love filled up the rebounding column for Lakeview, finishing with 13. Love also had six points on the night.
“I thought Jake Love played really well tonight,” said Wichmann. “He really set the tone rebounding wise.”
For Marshall, Angus Bennett tallied 11 points and nine boards, while Reynolds and Jacob Brubaker each finished with 10 points.
With the win, Lakeview improves to 4-3 on the season. Marshall falls to 1-5 on the year.
“One of our mottos has been: ‘Win every play’,” said Wichmann, “We’re taking this a day at a time, and a step at a time – Each day we take a step and try to get a little bit better, so tonight was another step in the right direction.”