COLUMBUS -- David City got out to an early lead against Lakeview on Feb. 19 in the opening game of the C1-7 subdistrict tournament at Columbus High School, but the Vikings made a couple adjustments to turn the tide on the Scouts.
Fifth-seeded Lakeview (4-18) overcame a 9-point first-half deficit to beat the fourth-seeded Scouts 49-43 and keep its season alive another day.
With David City not starting any player taller than 6-foot-1, the Vikings had a big advantage in the post with 6-foot-5 Sean Donnelly and 6-foot-8 Luke Rollman.
But the Scouts simply packed the lane and never gave the two big men room to operate. Every time they brought the ball down to dribble, David City swarmed them.
So Roth went to a four-guard lineup with just one of his posts and that opened up the offense.
Rollman scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to pace the Vikings.
In the teams’ first meeting this season, a 58-27 Lakeview win in December, David City played exclusively zone and the Vikings carved it up.
This time, the Scouts came out in a man-to-man defense, catching Lakeview off guard.
David City knocked down some early shots to get out to a 14-7 lead behind seven points from Nick Ruth, and took a five-point advantage into the second quarter.
The Scouts quickly scored two buckets to start the second quarter to push its lead to 18-9 before Lakeview locked up its defense.
The Vikings went on a 9-2 run to make it 20-18. Landon Vogt came up with a steal and layup in the final 10 seconds to pull Lakeview within one, 23-22, at half.
Just like the first half ended, Vogt scored on a breakaway layup to open the third quarter and give Lakeview its first lead since it was 5-4 in the first quarter.
Despite holding David City scoreless for the first three minutes of the period, the Vikings couldn’t create any separation and the teams entered the fourth quarter with David City nursing a 32-31 lead.
A 9-0 run, highlighted by Rollman’s steal and coast-to-coast dunk, early in the fourth quarter created the separation Lakeview needed, giving them a 41-34 lead.
The Vikings made enough free throws down the stretch while continuing to keep David City’s offense in check to get the victory.
David City's Will Danielson, who came into the contest averaging better than 13 points per game, was held to just four points.
Luis Salazar led the Scouts with 12 points. Ruth finished with nine points as did Josh Seibert.
Landon Vogt added 12 points for Lakeview, which advances to play top-seeded North Bend on Tuesday.
David City finishes the year 9-14.