Lanesville ousts Mustangs
Wade Bell, Sports Writer
The Lanesville Eagles rumbled their way their way through a battle royal against the Mustangs of New Washington last Tuesday night in their opening round of the Borden boys’ basketball sectional. After a tight first quarter, Lanesville finally got a rope around the Mustangs and pulled away for a 53-42 win to advance into Friday’s semi-final round against South Central.
“It was a sloppy game from a fan’s perspective, and it wasn’t pretty at all but, defensively, we were pretty solid,” said Lanesville coach Mikel Miller. “We still had some breakdowns and stuff here and there, but I felt like we knew what they were going to be looking for. We tried to take a few of those things away. They’ve got a couple of kids that, even if you’re trying to take things away, they’re pretty good at what they do.”
Lanesville jumped out to a 7-0 start for the game. The Eagles clamped down on New Washington defensively, allowing the Mustang just three shots in the period. Of those three, Paul Giltner got two of them to fall in from downtown. Lanesville’s Ethan Schickel also got a couple of bombs to fall in as well. The Eagles had a 12-8 edge at the end of the first quarter.
“The first three or four minutes started off a little bit slow,” Miller said. “The zone, we knew it was coming, but we didn’t really move the ball well enough early. Then, we got a couple of good ball movements and got a couple of nice shots in the finish and kind of got us going there. From that point on, I think it kind of just played up and down a little bit.”
The Eagles got some traction in the second quarter, and Jacob Wernert did most of the damage. Lanesville started the period with a 9-2 run to lead 21-10. New Washington hit its next three shots for seven points and closed the gap to four, 21-17. Jonas Powers fired in a three in the final minute, and the Eagles had a 24-17 advantage at halftime.
“I didn’t feel like, offensively, we were moving real well,” said Miller. “We switched into more of a spaced-50 we call it, just trying to create a little bit more movement. It kind of got us going. Then, once we got in out of that timeout, we got a basket underneath. I think Jacob maybe hit it and got fouled on it and got us going.”
New Washington’s Matthew Arthur got away from the Eagles to start the second half, hitting a jumper then drilling a three to close the gap to two, 24-22. Mason Miller countered with an Eagles’ three to start a 9-0 run, pushing Lanesville’s lead back into double digits, 33-22. Arthur drilled another Mustang three, but Miller countered from behind the arc. The quarter ended at the free-throw line for both teams, and Lanesville had a 38-26 lead with one quarter to go.
“We got some key baskets in some key moments while they were making a nice run,” said the Lanesville coach. “Then, we hit a key basket that put us up five or six there and just kind of held on at the end.”
New Washington was not ready to roll over. Logan Cooper scored his only six points of the game by drilling a pair of three-balls. Bo Giltner sank a pair of freebies then later hit a jumper to complete a 10-0 run, closing the Mustangs’ deficit to two, 38-36. Lanesville, however, kept its composure and scored three straight times in the paint.
Arthur hit his fourth three of the night to close the game back to 44-39. Wernert poured in six straight points, and Powers added a deuce for an 8-0 run. Arthur hit a final three in the last seconds, but it was the Eagles who would advance, getting the 53-42 win.
“This time of year, it’s like everybody else: survive and advance,” Miller said. “We kind of survived barely there and advanced. I knew coming in that coach (Kyle) Brown would have his kids ready. They played really hard and were very well disciplined. Their game plan, they ran the game plan as well as they could have. To his credit, he had them ready to go and they executed tonight.”
“We gave up 42 points and even with those 42 I was telling the coaches it was pretty good because they had three or four banked threes that went in,” he said. “They go in but, if they don’t, you’re looking at less than 40 points, which defensively that looks pretty good.”
Wernert led the Eagles with 19 points, and Powers followed with 12. Lanesville canned 18 of its 36 field-goals attempts (50%) and 11 of 17 free throws. The Eagles had 14 turnovers for the four quarters.
“Jacob had a really, really good game,” Miller said of Wernert. “He finished up with 19 and hit some big free throws down the stretch in the last minute to a minute and a half. He was very solid and active tonight. That was a big key for us. He got some outside shots when they were trying to pack the zone in. You’re going to have to hit a few shots out there, and I think we got a few to fall and at times expanded that out a little bit, which gave Jacob some spacing to work inside.”
Arthur led the Mustangs with 18, firing in five shots from behind the arc. New Washington put in 13 of 30 field goals (43%) and 7 of 8 from the charity stripe. The Mustangs had 13 turnovers for the game.
“Matthew is a really good player and is difficult to guard,” Miller said. “Bo (Giltner), I told him after the game in my 21 years of coaching he’s one of the top two or three kids I’ve seen from his freshman year up to his senior year, how much he’s really improved with his game. He’s a tough person to match up with out there on the floor.”
The Eagles advanced into Friday’s semi-final round, where they met county-rival South Central.
“They’ve been playing a lot better here the last four or five games,” Miller said of the Rebels. “We talked to the kids that records and things like that don’t matter. What you did prior to coming into that game Friday night, it doesn’t matter. They’re trying to win Friday night just like we’re trying to win Friday night.
“This time of year you don’t want it to end,” he said. “Everybody loves to win, but sometimes you’ve got to hate losing than even more you like winning to get that energy to get going. We kind of reminded them here and there at the beginning of the game and halftime and even during timeouts, you’ve got to keep it going and, to their credit, they did a really good job of that.”
New Washington 8 9 9 16 – 42
Lanesville 12 12 14 15 – 53
New Washington (9-15) – Arthur 18, B. Giltner 8, Cooper 6, P. Giltner 6, Buford 2, Thompson 2.
Lanesville (15-7) – Wernert 19, Powers 12, Miller 8, Schickel 8, Walter 4, Baumgart 2.
3-point goals – New Washington 7 (Arthur 5, P. Giltner 2); Lanesville 6 (Miller 2, Powers 2, Schickel).