Lancers complete unbeaten season in battle with Bobcats

Dalton Dove gets the shot past OD's Lance Campbell
Ron Haramia
Sports Writer

They did it. 
It wasn’t easy, but behind a near flawless fourth quarter and just enough free throws down the stretch, the LaVille Lancers boys basketball team completed the first perfect regular season in school history with a 51-46 victory over Oregon-Davis Tuesday night at the Den. 
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, but our guys deserved this,” said LV head coach Michael Edison, whose third-ranked (Class 2A) squad heads into the postseason with an unblemished 23-0 mark. “Give credit to (Oregon-Davis) though. They can shoot the lights out and they battled us hard.”
The Lancers and Bobcats played twice this year with plenty riding on the outcome each time. The first meeting was in the Bi-County Tournament championship game, won by LaVille, 52-42, back on Jan. 20, then this one with history on the line.
The first three quarters were anything but perfect for LaVille, but when the Bobcats (10-10) finally cooled off from the outside, the Lancers capitalized. Led by six points from Luke Beehler and key steals from Connor Wieczorek and Dalton Dove, LV went on a 12-0 run to start the final period to turn a five-point deficit into a 45-38 lead. After seven straight misfires to open the fourth quarter, the Bobcats finally hit from the field, but it did not come until 1:18 remained when Trevor Risner nailed his sixth 3 of the contest to pull O-D within four.
After a Dove fast break layup, a Jonathan Clark 3 followed by a driving layup from Lance Campbell with 35 seconds left pulled the Bobcats to 47-46. Dove line-drived a free throw in for a two-point lead at the :32 mark, then Jacob Good blocked a shot by Campbell 17 seconds later. Good grabbed the loose ball and was fouled almost immediately. In the 1-and-1 situation, Good missed the front end, but Dove rebounded in traffic, was fouled, then calmly hit a pair of foul shots to give the Lancers a four-point cushion. Rilye Cox added a free throw after an O-D turnover with :08 on the clock for the final margin.
“(Dalton’s) rebound (on the missed free throw) was huge,” Edison added. “We had fouls to give and I told the guys to go after it. Be aggressive. We needed it.”
Beehler finished with 16 points to lead the Lancers in scoring, followed by Dove’s 13. Cox snagged 11 rebounds to lead that category. Risner ended with 18 to lead the Bobcats, with Clark and Campbell pitching in a dozen each. O-D finished 10-of-14 on 3s, led by Risner’s 6-for-7 effort. LaVille finished 11-of-18 from the charity stripe, while O-D was just 2-of-3.
LaVille led by four early, but a trey by Risner and three-point play by Campbell to end the first quarter put the Bobcats ahead 17-14. Points were at a premium in the second, but Risner’s fifth triple of the first half gave the home team a 25-19 lead before a Dove layup sent the teams to intermission.
Beehler became more aggressive in the third quarter, finding success driving and getting to the foul line, but Campbell’s seven points and Clark’s six kept the lead at 38-33 for O-D heading to the final frame.
“I wanted (Beehler) to drive more,” Edison said. “He’s a great shooter, but driving is one of his strengths. I didn’t know if they were ever go to miss, but finally, they did and we played very well in the fourth. That was a great finish for us.”
O-D hosts Knox tonight, while LaVille awaits sectionals next week.
At Hamlet
LAVILLE (51): Connor Wieczorek 2 0-0 4, Luke Beehler 5 4-7 16, Jared Beehler 1 0-0 3, Jacob Good 2 3-5 7, Rilye Cox 2 1-2 6, Dalton Dove 5 3-4 13, Bobby Good 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 18 11-18 51.
OREGON-DAVIS (46): Jonathan Clark 4 1-2 12, Trevor Risner 6 0-0 18, Lance Campbell 5 1-1 12, Jeffrey Avery 0 0-0 0, Dylan Murphy 2 0-0 4, Trevor Wilson 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17 2-3 46.
Score by quarters
LV 14 7 12 18 - 51
OD 17 8 13 8 - 46
3-pointers: LaVille 4 (L. Beehler 2, J. Beehler, Cox), Oregon-Davis 10 (Risner 6, Clark 3, Campbell). Fouls (fouled out): LaVille 6 (none), Oregon-Davis 14 (Wilson).
Records: LaVille 23-0, Oregon-Davis 10-10
JV: LaVille 45, Oregon-Davis 36