CRETE — There were a few stats from Thursday night’s loss at Crete that were indicative of a season opener.
The Lakeview boys basketball team shot just 26 percent from the field, hit 11 of 23 free-throw attempts and committed 21 turnovers.
Those are early season issues head coach Bryce Roth knows he can fix, and without them the Vikings could have played right with Class B, No. 9 Crete.
“We came out of the gates swinging,” Roth said. “I thought we were prepared.”
The Vikings were able to match the Cardinals’ physicality and energy, he said, but a couple of scoring spurts to end the first half and start the second allowed Crete to pull away for the 62-41 victory.
“We turned it over too many times and we got a little sloppy, and they kind of went on a run,” Roth said. “ ... Their press bothered us a little bit.”
Crete also did some damage from the outside, knocking down eight 3-pointers, including three from Carter Kent. The senior guard finished with a game-high 27 points.
“He’s an all-state player,” Roth said.
Lakeview kept the game close early on, trailing 14-13 after the first quarter before the first Crete run expanded the deficit to 31-22 at halftime.
The Cardinals exploded for 24 points in the third quarter, including five 3-pointers, to put the game out of reach.
“They’re worthy of that rating I would say,” Roth said.
Despite the 21-point final margin, Roth said the effort was there from his team.
“I thought we competed at a high level,” he said.
Luke Rollman led Lakeview with 11 points while providing a strong presence on defense and rebounding the ball well.
“We need that out of him,” Roth said of the 6-foot-8 senior center.
Jaden Johnson added eight points for the Vikings, all coming at the free-throw line, and Cody Schaad knocked down two of the team’s four 3-pointers on his way to seven points. Cadge Janssen had the other two triples.
“We got a little bit of a spark from the perimeter,” said Roth, who liked Johnson’s aggressiveness on the offensive end.
Now the Vikings need to clean up some of those early season mistakes, starting with Saturday’s home opener against Boone Central/Newman Grove.