LAKEVILLE — Sometimes when the shots aren’t falling, all you can do is keep putting them up.
LaVille overcame a tough 2-for-9 start from 3-point range to finish at an eventual 7-for-18 mark from deep — led by senior guard Andrew Hostetler’s six triples — and the Lancers gapped visiting Buchanan with a 14-3 fourth quarter-opening run to hand the visiting Bucks a 48-30 loss at home at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium Friday night.
“It was nice that we were able to hit a couple of those 3s at the end of the third quarter,” said LaVille head coach Michael Edison. “Earlier in the game in the first quarter things weren’t falling for us. I know that it makes up for a lot of things when your shots are going in, so I was proud of some of my shooters, just for how they kept shooting with confidence. I could tell Andrew was still shooting with confidence, wasn’t giving up on it. I liked just our composure, our poise, the way they just handled it and took care of business.”
While Hostetler led LaVille with 22 points, senior forward Nicholas Amor finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Blake Berger notched seven points with two steals and two assists. Cameron Gurtner supplied LaVille’s first two points of the game on a pair of free throws to break a long scoreless spell at the start of the game at the 5:23 mark of the first, and the junior guard also tallied four assists and two steals filling in for injured senior Landon Manuel in the Lancers’ third straight win.
“I could rattle down several different players,” said Edison. “Cam Gurtner stepped in huge and filled in for Landon Manuel, who is out with a sprained ankle. Andrew Hostetler, Blake, Jeff (Haygood), Nick, they just all stepped up.”
On the defensive end, the Lancers’ man-to-man held Buchanan to 12-of-27 shooting from the floor and created 19 turnovers for the game, capitalizing on nine second-half turnovers with nine points as they pushed a 22-17 halftime lead out to double digits early in the fourth.
“Their scores have been in the 60s, lower 70s so I think our fans don’t really understand how good a team this really was and how we took some things away from them defensively,” said Edison. “That’s a big credit to our players on the court.”
Tyler Flynn finished with seven points and three assists to lead Buchanan, while Doug Freeman scored six points with two steals and Kevin Dey finished with six points for the Bucks in the first game of the series between the two schools, a rare interstate match-up.
“We needed a game, and they had a game. That’s kind of the essential of it,” said Edison with a smile. “It’s interesting to play them. I don’t know if I’ve ever played a team from out of state.”
The Lancers moved to 5-1 with their third straight win after suffering their first and only loss on the road at South Bend Washington. LaVille will resume play Dec. 29 with an outing at undefeated NorthWood.
“It’s nice to get a win going into Christmas break,” Edison said. “Right after Christmas break we’ve got an extremely tough one against NorthWood. I consider them one of the best teams in the NLC. Undefeated, we’re playing them at their house, so I don’t know what they’d be favored by on paper… but they are a well-coached team. They’ve got some guys that can score, they’ve got some guys that can handle the ball, so we’ve got our hands full, but I think our guys like a challenge.”
* LaVILLE 48, BUCHANAN 30
Score by quarters
Buchanan: 7 17 23 30
LaVille: 10 22 32 48
BUCHANAN (30): Tyler Flynn 7, Brandon Fillam 0, Kevin Dey 6, Lyman Thomas 2, Dallis Reynolds 4, Justin Henderson 5, Alex Leiter 0, Doug Freeman 6, Alex Guzman 0; Totals: 12 4-5 30.
LaVILLE (48): Cameron Gurtner 2, Blake Berger 7, Ryan Bettcher 2, Kyle Kopetski 0, Jeff Haygood 1, Zach Hostetler 0, Andrew Hostetler 22, Alec Baker 0, Nicholas Amor 12, Isaac Eash 2; Totals: 16 9-11 48.
3-pointers: Buchanan 2 (Flynn, Henderson), LaVille 7 (Hostetler 6, Berger); Rebounds: Buchanan 18 (Flynn, Dey), LaVille 22 (Amor 7); Turnovers: Buchanan 19, LaVille 12; Steals: Buchanan 4 (Freeman 2), LaVille 7 (Berger 2, Gurtner 2); Assists: Buchanan 6 (Flynn 3), LaVille 10 (Berger 4, Gurtner 4); Fouls (fouled out): Buchanan 9 (none), LaVille 7 (none).
Records: LaVille 5-1.