COLUMBUS — Two players combined to score 93 percent of Pierce’s points Tuesday night against Lakeview.
That was enough for the Bluejays (5-7) to beat the Vikings 43-35 at Lakeview High School.
Braydan Waldner poured in a game-high 27 points and Taylor Oestreich added 13 for Pierce.
“It’s a disappointing loss to say the least,” Lakeview head coach Bryce Roth said.
Waldner and Oestreich were rolling from the opening tip as the duo combined to score all 17 points for the Bluejays in the first quarter. Waldner led the way with 10.
“We didn't communicate or execute what we wanted to in the first quarter,” Roth said.
Big men Sean Donnelly and Luke Rollman combined for 10 points in the opening period to keep Lakeview (2-9) in the game.
The Vikings settled down and cut the Bluejays' lead to three at halftime, trailing 25-22.
“We did a great job in the second quarter of slowing them down,” Roth said.
A pair of Donnelly baskets was all Lakeview could muster in the third quarter as Pierce opened a 35-26 lead.
The Vikings tried to rally in the fourth quarter, making it a one-possession game with chances to tie or take the lead, but could never get over the hump.
The Bluejays iced the game at the free-throw line.
“We just ran out of time,” said Roth.
Donnelly led Lakeview with 18 points, but everyone else on the team combined for just 17 points.
Roth was hoping for a win against the Bluejays as the Vikings have a tough schedule coming up. Lakeview finishes the week with trips to Class C-2, No. 9 Centennial (10-2) on Friday and C-1 ratings contender David City Aquinas (9-2) on Saturday.
“Mentally, we have to regroup and refocus,” he said. “This is a big week for us.”