LAKEVILLE — LaVille’s Andrew Hostetler reached a personal milestone early in the first quarter and just kept piling on the points.
With the first of his five 3-pointers Friday, the 5-foot-11 senior guard scaled the 1,000-career-points plateau and set the stage for the Lancers’ 46-33 Northern State Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Culver Community at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium.
Hostetler drilled four of his first five attempts from 3-point range to stake the Lancers to a 20-10 advantage with 5:46 left in the first half, and finished with a game-high-tying 19 points and four assists.
“Andrew Hostetler went over 1,000 points tonight — he’s just the third person in LaVille history to do that,” LaVille head coach Michael Edison said. “That’s a credit to him. It’s also a credit to the Jeff Haygoods and Nick Amors setting screens to get him open. We have an assistant coach on staff, Codee Kimbel, who set a lot of screens for Andrew. Those are the guys doing the dirty work.”
With the Cavs opening in a 2-3 zone, sophomore guard Blake Berger and Hostetler polished off LaVille’s first two possessions with treys from the left corner and left wing respectively to open a 6-0 lead at the 6:21 mark of the first frame. The Lancers led by multiple possessions the rest of the way.
“The two kids we wanted to know exactly where they were in the zone were the ones that hit the shots,” Culver head coach Kyle Elliott said. “It’s one thing to get open looks. You have to have the guys to fill it up and they do.”
Edison welcomed the fast start from his backcourt tandem.
“It’s huge,” Edison said of the start. “A couple of my guys didn’t shoot well in the Bi-County final Saturday — Andrew and Blake — and they each had 3s right away. That gave them confidence. It’s nice to hit shots early and be able to control the tempo. Coach Elliott does such a nice job with his team. I have a lot of respect for him and how he goes about his business.”
Culver, meanwhile, finished 12 of 31 from the field and turned the ball over 14 times.
Culver junior forward Trent Elliott shrugged off a rough start from the field to finish with 19 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Senior center Micah Budzinski added eight points and six boards for the Cavs.
However, LaVille’s switching man-to-man bottled up the Cavs on the perimeter much of the night leaving the visitors slow to set the offense and entirely shutting off the transition game.
“LaVille’s switching defense wasn’t anything we weren’t expecting,” the Culver skipper said. “We still had some good looks in the first half that didn’t fall, some by Elliott which is who we want shooting the ball. It wasn’t because LaVille wanted to win the game more than we did; I thought we competed well and played hard.
“We had turnovers that probably led directly to 10 points for (LaVille), and that was the margin most of the night,” he added. “We had one steal and basket by Elliott, other than that I don’t think we got any transition baskets. We’ve got to do a better job taking care of the basketball. We’ve struggled shooting in this gym; the opponent has a lot to do with that.”
Berger finished with 10 points and four assists. LaVille senior forward Nick Amor chipped in nine points, four rebounds, and a massive home-crowd-pleasing play. With the Lancers leading 36-28 inside of three minutes to play, Amor blocked a Culver 3-point try at the top of the key, chased down the loose ball, and took it the other way for a rim-rocking dunk.
Also for the Lancers, Jeff Haygood hauled in six rebounds, and sophomore forward Alec Baker provided the Lancers with solid minutes off the bench.
“Nick Amor got his dunk and excited the crowd; he played a good all-around game,” Edison said. “(Baker) played solid defense. He knocked down about a 15-footer; that’s a bonus shot and builds his confidence.
“We tried to keep (Trent) Elliott in check, and it didn’t always feel like we did,” he added. “He’s just so explosive; he’s like a time bomb just waiting to happen. We missed a couple switches, but overall I’m pretty pleased with our defense.”
In addition for Culver, senior point guard Collin Stevens dished out four assists, and Jordan Sanders tallied three steals off the bench.
Culver hosts John Glenn Friday, while LaVille entertains Triton next Saturday.
• LaVILLE 46,
CULVER COMMUNITY 33
Score by quarters
Culver: 10 13 22 33
LaVille: 14 24 31 46
CULVER (33): Kyle Vlach 1 0-0 3, Everett Krueger 0 0-1 0, Jordan Sanders 0 0-0 0, Collin Stevens 1 0-0 3, Trent Elliott 6 3-3 19, Tucker Schultz 0 0-0 0, Micah Budzinski 4 0-2 8. TOTALS: 12 3-6 33.
LAVILLE (46): Cameron Gurtner 0 0-0 0, Blake Berger 2 5-7 10, Landon Manuel 0 0-0 0, Ryan Bettcher 0 0-0 0, Kyle Kopetski 0 0-0 0, Jeff Haygood 2 0-2 4, Andrew Hostetler 5 4-4 19, Alec Baker 2 0-0 4, Nick Amor 4 1-2 9, Alex Steinke 0 0-0 0, Isaac Eash 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 15 10-15 46.
3-point goals: Culver 6 (Elliott 4, Stevens, Vlach), LaVille 6 (Hostetler 5, Berger); Turnovers: Culver 14, LaVille 8; Rebounds: Culver 20 (Elliott 7), LaVille 20 (Haygood 6); Assists: Culver 9 (Stevens 4), LaVille 12 (Berger, Hostetler 4); Steals: Culver 6 (Sanders 3), LaVille 5 (Hostetler 2); Fouls (fouled out): Culver 15 (none), LaVille 14 (none); Records: Culver 10-5 (2-3 NSC), LaVille 11-4 (3-1 NSC).