Subscribe for 17¢ / day

COLUMBUS — Schuyler’s shooters were feeling it Friday.

The Warriors knocked down a Columbus Holiday Tournament-record 14 3-pointers in a 63-55 win over Twin River in the consolation game at Dowd Activity Center.

“If everybody’s healthy, we know we can shoot it,” Schuyler head coach Lyn Beebe said.

The Warriors needed every one of them to hold off a late Twin River charge aided by more missed free throws from Schuyler.

After shooting just 1 for 12 from the line in a four-point loss Thursday to Lakeview, the Warriors missed four straight at one point as the Titans cut a 15-point deficit to single digits with 1:20 left in the game.

Without starting point guard Mason Kovar, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, Schuyler struggled at times down the stretch.

“Against their quickness, it was scary for a little bit,” said Beebe, who expects Kovar to “be fine.”

Kovar finished with 16 points and hit four treys.

The good news for the Warriors is their record-setting 3-point shooting provided a big enough cushion to get the win.

Twin River still needed an extra turnover or two to really put the pressure on Schuyler.

“I was happy with the way we finished the game,” Twin River head coach Tod Heier said. “The kids stayed after it and gave ourselves a chance to cut into the deficit.”

For the second straight game, the Titans got off to a fast start. After Schuyler took a 14-9 lead in the first quarter, Twin River finished the period on a 9-0 run and led 18-14.

However, also for the second straight game, the Titans failed to build off the strong first quarter.

“It’s something we definitely need to work on,” Heier said. “We’re a young team, we’re still learning how to play 32 minutes of basketball.”

Back-to-back treys from Tyler Kohl gave Schuyler the lead at 25-22. After a three-point play from Twin River, Kohl knocked down his third 3-pointer of the quarter. Noah Beebe drained a trey in the final seconds to give the Warriors a 31-27 advantage at the break.

Noah Beebe finished with a team-high 17 points and knocked down five 3-pointers.

After a scoreless first half, Auston Hall got on the board in the third quarter with a 3-pointer that gave Schuyler a double-digit lead at 39-29. Hall scored nine points in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors continued to extend their advantage, outscoring the Titans 18-7 in the third period to take a 49-34 lead into the final quarter.

“We just came out and did a little bit better with our decisions,” coach Beebe said. “The tempo we had in the third quarter was good. We were attacking and we were making an all-out effort to get to the rim."

Schuyler maintained a double-digit lead until Twin River’s final charge.

Jaxson Hinkle had a game-high 27 points for the Titans.

The Warriors (3-4) play Thursday at David City Aquinas before hosting Mount Michael Benedictine on Saturday.

Lakeview 50,

Schuyler 46

COLUMBUS — For the first time since 2014, the Lakeview boys will play in the championship game of the Columbus Holiday Tournament.

The Vikings made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 30 seconds Thursday to hold off Schuyler in a 50-46 victory at Dowd Activity Center.

“I was really proud of our guys for how we were able to grind out the win today,” Lakeview head coach Bryce Roth said.

Lakeview got the win despite trailing most of the game and struggling to shoot the ball, finishing just 1 for 10 on 3-pointers and 34 percent overall.

“Coming out of the moratorium break, sometimes things are a bit sloppy and inefficient on the offensive end,” Roth said. “But I thought we rolled up our sleeves and settled in on the defensive end.”

Schuyler didn't have those offensive issues as the Warriors came out firing in the first half.

Mason Kovar knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to give Schuyler an early 8-5 lead. Lakeview took a brief 9-8 advantage before Kovar struck again with his third trey of the first period to give the Warriors an 11-9 edge after the opening quarter.

Tyler Kohl started the second quarter the way Kovar finished the first with a 3-pointer. Auston Hall and Jakub Langemeier also knocked down treys for the Warriors in the first half as they took a 23-19 lead into the break.

Schuyler leaned on Hall in the second half and the 6-foot-5 big man responded with 12 of the Warriors' 14 points in the third quarter. He finished with a team-high 19 points.

“We couldn't stop Hall at all today, but give him credit, he's a heck of a player,” Roth said.

The Warriors grew their lead to as many as six points, the last time coming on a bucket from Hall to make it 33-27. Five straight points from Lakeview's Cameron Drozd sliced the deficit to one.

Sean Donnelly’s basket in the closing seconds of the third period pulled the Vikings back within one, at 37-36, heading to the final quarter.

After Lakeview tied the game at 37-all, Noah Beebe scored five quick points for Schuyler to give the Warriors a 42-37 advantage.

When Hall picked up his fourth foul midway through the fourth quarter, Lakeview was finally able to get over the hump. The Vikings went on an 8-0 run to turn the five-point deficit into a 45-42 lead, their first since the first quarter.

Free throws down the stretch sealed the victory. Lakeview knocked down 12 of 19 attempts from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.

While Lakeview was able to hits its free throws, Schuyler didn’t. The Warriors were 0 for 8 at the line in the second half and 1 for 12 in the game.

Luke Rollman finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a handful of blocks for the Vikings, matching Hall step for step in a battle of big men.

“Luke obviously played lights out tonight controlling the paint,” Roth said. “He gave us a huge lift on both ends.”

Isaac Dreifurst added 11 points for Lakeview.

After he knocked down three treys in the first quarter, Lakeview took Kovar out of the game. The Schuyler senior scored just two points the rest of the way and finished with 11.

“Cameron Drozd did an outstanding job limiting Kovar,” Roth said.

Scotus Central Catholic defeated Lakeview 65-40 on Friday to win the holiday tournament title.


Load comments