LAKEVILLE — LaVille’s boys basketball team took care of the outcome with a 23-2 game-opening run against Oregon-Davis Tuesday.
That reduced the rest of the game’s drama to settling state leading scorer Zach Richie’s final point total.
Buoyed by a revolving double team, the Lancers and foul trouble held Richie to 13 points — more than 25 points below his season average — and junior guard Jordyn Williams led four Lancers in double figures with 22 points as LaVille doubled up the Bobcats 80-40 at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium.
“It’s amazing how (Richie) can be double-teamed like that and still score 13 points,” LaVille head coach Michael Edison said. “Even though that’s below what he’s used to scoring, 13 points is still a pretty good total. Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job on him. As tough as it is on the guys guarding him, it’s probably even tougher on the other three guys who have to guard everyone else.
“Richie is definitely a great player,” he added. “I was just as intense during the last minute because Richie can score a lot in a very short amount of time, and I didn’t want to see all that work go down the drain.”
Williams and senior Trenton Stout tipped off the game on Richie — Williams on the OD junior guard’s left hand and Stout on the right in the halfcourt — with Landon Manuel and Drew Dutoi spelling the starters.
Richie, meanwhile, piled up four offensive fouls in the first half, taking a seat on his fourth personal with 2:08 left in the second frame, and sat until the start of the fourth quarter.
“I had a little incentive that anybody who took a charge would get out of a more extreme sprint in practice,” Edison said. “I thought about going the other direction and adding sprints for every free throw they allowed Richie, but I decided to be proactive. I could see guys getting up after taking a charge and whispering to their buddies about how they were getting out of a sprint tomorrow. I might have to start offering pizza parties or ice cream.”
However, OD head coach Matt Richie, Zach’s dad, thought the game turned a bit too physical.
“I don’t understand how one player can have bruises, scratches and red marks, and he can be called for four offensive fouls,” the OD skipper said. “He was double-teamed, grabbed and held all game long. That took us out of our game, but if I were Mike I’d do the same thing.
“(LaVille) got to do whatever they wanted to do,” he added. “They rode Zach like a horse when he had the ball, and when he passed the ball they had two guys holding him by the jersey. I’m very disappointed. We’ve seen a lot of this in the second half of the season, but it seems like tonight it was more exaggerated.”
Even so, LaVille seized control from the start. Sophomore Andrew Hostetler drilled back-to-back triples from the left corner to open the game, and LaVille never looked back on its way to a 33-8 lead at the first-quarter break and a 50-22 halftime advantage.
The Lancers hit 57 percent from the field for the game and turned the ball over only nine times, including just three times in the first half.
“I was pleased, surprisingly enough, with our offense,” Edison said. “In a game like this it’s easy to take quick shots, but I thought we showed poise and composure. We passed up shots and got the same shot or even better shots five or six passes later. We took care of the basketball, and that was important because a lot of Richie’s points come from turnovers. All in all, I’m happy with how all of our kids played.”
Also for LaVille, sophomore forward Nick Amor patrolled the paint for 17 points and six rebounds. Stout sank a trio of treys en route to 13 points, and Hostetler, who also canned three 3s, added 11 points and hauled in eight rebounds. Senior forward Codee Kimbel dished out four assists for the Lancers.
Nathan Boyle pulled down six rebounds, and Ricardo Mastrocesare handed out four assists for the Cats, who battled foul trouble all night.
“Defensively, we never got up on the ball,” Matt Richie said. “We were in so much foul trouble that we couldn’t get up on the ball. We had to play a lax man-to-man.”
LaVille hosts Jimtown Friday. OD faces Westville in a Class A Sectional 50 first-round game at Triton Tuesday.
• LaVILLE 80,
Score by quarters
OD: 8 22 30 40
LaVille: 33 50 66 80
OD (40): Zach Richie 3 7-9 13, Marc Edwards 0 0-2 0, Ricardo Mastrocesare 0 0-0 0, Zach Taylor 2 2-2 7, Nathan Boyle 3 1-1 7, Dalton Taylor 1 0-0 3, Craig McIntosh 1 0-0 3, Kenneth VandeMieroop 2 3-4 7. TOTALS: 12 13-18 40.
LaVILLE (80): Trenton Stout 4 2-2 13, Jordyn Williams 9 4-4 22, Andrew Hostetler 3 2-2 11, Codee Kimbel 3 2-3 8, Nick Amor 6 5-8 17, Justin Baker 2 0-2 4, Drew Dutoi 0 1-2 1, Landon Manuel 0 0-1 0, Tim Wicks 0 1-2 1, Jeff Haygood 0 0-0 0, Jason Duerring 0 0-0 0, Cameron Gurtner 0 3-4 3. TOTALS: 27 20-30 80.
3-point goals: OD 3 (Z. Taylor, D. Taylor, McIntosh), LaVille 6 (Stout 3, Hostetler 3); Turnovers: OD 21, LaVille 9; Rebounds: OD 23 (Boyle 6), LaVille 29 (Hostetler 8); Assists: OD 8 (Mastrocesare 4), LaVile 13 (Kimbel 4); Steals: OD 4 (Mastrocesare 2), LaVille 6 (Stout 2, Williams 2); Fouls (fouled out): OD 24 (none), LaVille 16 (none); Records: OD 3-17, LaVille 10-9.