COLUMBUS — It was one of those nights for Lakeview.
The Vikings shot just 20 percent from the field and 4 for 11 at the free-throw line in Tuesday’s 45-17 home loss to Class B ratings contender Seward.
“Honestly, if you told me we would hold Seward to 45 points at the beginning of the game, I would have felt good about our chances,” Lakeview head coach Bryce Roth said.
Lakeview’s defensive effort matched the same point total surrendered by Class B, No. 1 Aurora in a 13-point win over the Bluejays (11-6) earlier this month.
“I thought we executed our defensive game plan well enough, but we weren’t really happy with our effort controlling the boards,” Roth said. “We gave up 10 offensive boards and we just can’t afford to do that. We forced them to take contested jump shots, but we gave up too many second-chance opportunities.”
The real issue for Lakeview (3-14) came at the offensive end, where the Vikings committed 20 turnovers and didn’t score more than seven points in a quarter.
They trailed 9-4 after the first quarter and 19-11 at halftime, then put up only six points in the second half on two field goals and a pair of Cadge Janssen free throws.
“Seward is a long, athletic team, but we did not help ourselves out,” Roth said. “We didn’t make plays and we turned it over too many times. For us to have success against some of these really good teams, we can’t afford to turn it over like we did.”
The Bluejays extended their lead to 31-15 in the third quarter before outscoring Lakeview 14-2 in the final period. They hit six 3-pointers in the game, which would have been enough points to win.
Brett Meyer and Nate Lliteras combined for three of those treys while scoring 10 points apiece. Zac Urkoski added eight points.
Janssen, who hit Lakeview’s lone 3-pointer, finished with five points, matching teammate Luke Rollman.
The Vikings’ schedule doesn’t get any easier down the stretch as travel to Class B, No. 2 York and Class C-1, No. 2 Wahoo in their next two games, beginning with Saturday’s matchup against the Dukes.
“We need to buckle down in practice over the next few days and really clean some things up offensively for York on Saturday,” Roth said.