COLUMBUS — Twin River was ready to play in Friday's third-place game of the Columbus Holiday Tournament.
The Titans nailed three 3-pointers in the first three minutes and started on a 15-0 run to set the tone early in their 60-38 victory over Lakeview on the Vikings' home court.
“Sometimes it’s hard to play that third-place game, and I thought our kids came out with the right attitude. We made the extra pass early in the game, we got some open 3s and we knocked down our shots," Twin River head coach Tod Heier said.
Twin River (5-4) used a balanced offensive attack as eight Titans scored in the contest. Telegram Super Senior Preston Connelly led the way with 18 points, Justyce Stankoski added 12 and Brandon Miller had 11.
“I thought we shared the ball really well today. I thought our kids made the extra pass, got the open guy, and the open guy was making shots today for us," Heier said. "It’s good to see us play unselfishly. And we were able to switch some things up on defense and the kids adjusted well to it. So it was a positive game for us."
Lakeview made a run early in the second quarter to pull within three points at 22-19, but the gap quickly increased behind Twin River’s hot shooting and dominance on the boards.
“When we brought it within three, we did such a great job of playing hard and fighting to try to compete, even after a tough start. At the end of the day, to finish off runs you got to keep doing what you’ve been doing during runs. And that’s valuing the basketball and trying to be more in attack mode,” Lakeview head coach Bryce Roth said. “Rebounding and turnovers is what’s keeping us from having success. We do it here and there, but we need to do a better job of it for 32 minutes.”
Twin River created some breathing room by halftime with a 31-19 lead, which ballooned to 45-28 after three quarters. The Titans closed the contest by outscoring Lakeview 15-10 in the fourth quarter.
“We just seemed more comfortable today, more relaxed, more focused, and when the ball goes in everything looks better,” Heier said.
The loss moves Lakeview to 0-7 this season.
Landon Vogt and Sean Donnelly led the Vikings with nine points each, and Conner Wurdeman added seven.
“I thought Landon Vogt did a lot of really good things, attacking and being aggressive. Sean Donnelly scored nine, too, and he kind of got a few things going, but we need more out of him, too,” Roth said. “Offensively, we did some things that we were looking to try and get. We didn’t shoot the ball extremely well, we didn’t get to the free-throw line enough and we didn’t shoot those free throws very well, but we took some steps in the right direction offensively.”
Twin River will head to David City on Friday and Lakeview hosts Douglas County West on Thursday.
Friday at Lakeview
Twin River (5-4) 15 16 14 15 -- 60
Lakeview (0-7) 9 10 9 10 -- 38
Twin River -- Tyson Jones 2, Brandon Miller 11, Mason Prososki 2, Justyce Stankoski 12, Joseph Zwiener 7, Beau Wattier 6, Blaine Jacobi 2, Preston Connelly 18.
Lakeview -- Javier Alarcon 3, Nick Dolezal 4, Landon Vogt 9, Cadge Janssen 3, Sean Donnelly 9, Cameron Drozd 2, Isaac Dreifurst 1, Conner Wurdeman 7.