LAKEVILLE — Senior Night didn’t proceed quite the way LaVille boys basketball head coach Michael Edison drew it up.
It turned out even better.
The Lancers held visiting Jimtown scoreless until the 6:09 mark of the second quarter and locked the Jimmies out of double figures until the opening ticks of the fourth quarter en route to a 56-22 Northern State Conference cakewalk at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium Friday.
“In my dreams, maybe,” Edison said of drawing up such a prosperous Senior Night. “I look at my seniors and for the last three, four years they’ve been warriors, battlers. I’m just so happy for them that they go out for their last home game and play like that. I want to use this term right; I’m proud of them, in a humble way. I’m so happy for them.”
LaVille senior forward Nick Amor scored a game-high 14 points, highlighted by a first-quarter backdoor lob from classmate Andrew Hostetler and a transition basket off a three-quarter court pass to put the Lancers up 21-2 with 3:13 left before the intermission.
Hostetler chipped in eight points, including a pair of first-quarter triples during LaVille’s 15-0 game-opening run. Senior Landon Manuel burned Jimtown’s early triangle-and-two, against Hostetler and sophomore guard Blake Berger, with a trey from the left corner and dished out a game-high five assists. Senior post man Jeff Haygood ripped down a game-high 10 rebounds, five on the offensive end.
“I think about rebounds, passes, assists,” Edison said. “Landon Manuel hits a 3-pointer; Jeff Haygood rebounded and had some putbacks; Nick Amor did what he’s been doing; and Andrew Hostetler played a good game.
“I think that 3-pointer is really good for (Manuel’s) confidence,” Edison said. “It was good as far as this game, but I’m thinking, boy, am I happy for him. Landon’s a really good shooter. He hasn’t taken very many shots; part of that is he has a slower release, and part of that is it hasn’t been his role. I have confidence in his shooting, and he helped us get on the right roll tonight.”
Also for the Lancers, junior guard Cameron Gurtner chipped in 10 points off the bench.
“I just look at the way everyone played tonight,” Edison said. “Blake Berger played well, and then we had Cameron Gurtner come off the bench and play a really good game.”
Defensively, LaVille forced six turnovers in Jimtown’s first seven possessions and allowed the Jimmies just a single field-goal attempt in the first stanza, that try a Michael Hobbs offering almost seven minutes into the game.
The Jimmies, who went 2 of 8 from the field in the opening half and trailed 28-5 at the midpoint, finally broke through on a Hobbs low post basket with 6:09 left in the first half. Jimtown never dented double figures until Augie Farwig’s layup with 7:53 left in the game.
“We knew Jimtown can be streaky,” Edison said. “A few games ago they got down 16, it might have been against Bethany, and came back and ended up winning by nine. We knew they were capable of a good quarter or half. I like that our guys did not let up. At key times we did not let up.
“We’ve worked a lot on our halfcourt defense,” he added. “We wanted to deny the reversal and take away passes.”
Hobbs finished with seven points for the Jimmies, and Cory Waycaster recorded four caroms.
LaVille opens Class 2A Sectional 35 play Tuesday against Fremont at Westview.
• LaVILLE 56,
Score by quarters
Jimtown: 0 5 8 22
LaVille: 13 28 37 56
JIMTOWN (22): Luke Crocker 2 0-0 4, Alec Brown 0 0-0 0, Chase Hoeflinger 0 0-0 0, Nick Floyd 1 0-0 3, Adam DeShone 0 0-0 0, Mason Brown 0 0-0 0, Dylan Guldager 0 0-0 0, Trevor Hobbs 0 0-0 0, Cory Waycaster 0 0-0 0, Brody Olson 1 2-3 4, Michael Hobbs 3 1-4 7, Augie Farwig 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 9 3-7 22.
LaVILLE (56): Cameron Gurtner 5 0-1 10, Blake Berger 0 3-3 3, Landon Manuel 2 1-1 6, Ryan Bettcher 3 1-2 7, Kyle Kopetski 1 0-0 2, Jeff Haygood 2 0-0 4, Zach Hostetler 0 0-0 0, Andrew Hostetler 3 0-1 8, Alec Baker 0 2-2 2, Nick Amor 5 4-4 14, Alex Steinke 0 0-0 0, Isaac Eash 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21 11-14 56.
3-point goals: Jimtown 1 (Floyd), LaVille 3 (A. Hostetler 2, Manuel); Turnovers: Jimtown 16, LaVille 5; Rebounds: Jimtown 16 (Waycaster 4), LaVille 28 (Haygood 10); Assists: Jimtown 4, LaVille 15 (Manuel 5, Berger 3); Steals: Jimtown 1, LaVille 7 (Amor 3); Fouls (fouled out): Jimtown 16 (none), LaVille 10 (none); Technical foul: Farwig; Records: Jimtown 7-13 (2-5 NSC), LaVille 15-6 (4-3 NSC).
JV score: LaVille 40, Jimtown 22