The Lakeview boys held Grand Island Northwest to fewer than 10 points in both the first and second quarter, enjoyed a six-point lead at halftime but then suffered through hot shooting by the visitors in the third quarter and dropped to 4-7 with a 56-36 loss.
Lakeview scored 10 of the first 12 points and was up 22-16 at halftime but gave up 20 in both the third and fourth quarters while managing just 14 total.
"We had a great start again tonight," head coach Tyler Colvin said. "Our defense was pretty solid in the first half but Northwest also really struggled to make shots. The second half was tough because they really caught fire, and after not making a 3-pointer in the first half, they hit five in the third quarter."
Senior Thunder Pilakowski finished with a double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. But it was 23 turnovers by Lakeview that proved to be too difficult to overcome. All those extra chances gave Northwest 50 shot attempts compared to just 34 for Lakeview.
The visitors sank seven second-half 3s and hit four on consecutive possessions.
"We did just enough offensively to still be in the game," Colvin said. "Unfortunately, turnovers, missed shots and missed free throws kept us from being able to keep pace, and they pulled away."
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Lakeview was outscored 20-9 in the third and 20-5 in the fourth.
Lakeview is in action next at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at home against Pierce (6-4).
"I really thought our boys played hard, but once again we weren't able to put four quarters together and get a win," Colvin said. "I truly believe we are getting better and closer to figuring out to be more consistent and win some of these games but it hasn't happened yet as we would have liked.
"Northwest has a nice team and is well coached, and we battled with them for three quarters. So, we will build on that and then learn from our mistakes that cost us a chance to win the game."
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org